Chatuchak

When it comes to outdoor markets, nowhere can compete with Chatuchak.

A major transportation hub, Chatuchak's BTS Skytrain and MRT underground whisk Bangkokians to the north and northeast of Thailand. Although its park spaces and condo complexes give Chatuchak a more suburban feel than inner Bangkok, the neighborhood whirls with excitement on the weekend. The dizzying Chatuchak Weekend Market, affectionately called J.J. Market by those on familiar terms, features over 8,000 shops and more than that many people—a figure that deems it Thailand's largest market.

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On the Map

Chatuchak is bordered by Aree, Dusit, Bang Sue, Wang Thonglang, Lat Phrao, Lak Si, Din Daeng/Huai Khwang, and Bang Khen

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 30 minute drive or 1 hour by public transit and Airport Link Express
Khao San Road: 25 minutes by public transit
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 20 minutes pubic transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 25 minutes public transit

A Peaceful Transportation Hub and a Wild Weekend Market

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Miles outside of the city's center, Chatuchak serves as a gateway between Bangkok and the north of Thailand.

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Between close commuters and far-away destination passengers, traffic remains constant in this mostly suburban feeling neighborhood.

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On the weekends, traffic flows inward for Thailand's largest market, Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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If you don't require the services of Chatuchak's cab operators or chauffeurs, a smile and a brisk pace will suffice.

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While Chatuchak's market stirs outward commotion, its park spaces and lakes invite inward reflection.

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Chatuchak Park awaits you right across the street from the market.

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The world famous Chatuchak Weekend Market [is] a must-see destination for anyone who's never been to Bangkok."

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Curious Antiques and Antique Curiousities

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A colossal marketplace and Thailand's largest, Chatuchak Weekend Market overflows with kiosks, kitsch, crafts, artisans, and frenzied activity.

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Although it's called a weekend market, many of Chatuchak's market stalls remain open on the weekdays.

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The size of the crowd depends on the day you go.

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Weekdays are generally quieter and weekends are often excitingly chaotic.

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The market is so vast, it has its own map that divides its product offerings into zones and categories.

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The size and the scope of the market attracts all sorts of thrill seekers.

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While perusing the area, practice vigilance when it comes to your personal belongings.

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As the day draws to an end in Chatuchak Weekend Market, Rod Fai Market gains momentum on the weekends.

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It's located just behind Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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Rod Fai's super relaxed atmosphere attracts young crowds that assemble in the area's cafes, lounges, and open spaces.

Arts In the Markets

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From spinning vinyl to vintage cars and communal tables, Chatuchak and Rod Fai's marketplaces attract musical, culinary, and kinesthetic artists.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brent Lewin is an award-winning photographer residing in Bangkok and Toronto. His personal work largely focuses on the plight of the Asian elephant in Thailand. Brent's work has been profiled and featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Magazine, and the industry magazine Photo District News (PDN). Brent's work has also been recognized with over a dozen awards at many prestigious international contests.

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