World's biggest uniformed wholesale market
Every visit to Thailand never gives me boring appearances. Last year I visited Thailand with professional assignment. After the successful completion of my job, I had the opportunity to visit world’s most uniformed wholesale market i.e. Chatuchak Weekend Market and it was worth spending whole day without any reason.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak seems to unite everything buyable. I spent a full day, as there’s plenty to see, buy, eat and drink. All visitors should come early, ideally around 9am to 10am to beat the heat and crowd. There are many routes to reach there. Taxi is a safe bet but if you want to explore a bit then you can try Metropolitan Rapid Transport (MRT, under pass train). Once you’re in the mainstream of Chatuchack, it will seem like there is no order and no escape, but the market is arranged into relatively a sections manner. There is a big clock in the middle that you can use as a handy landmark.
First and foremost, please follow every instruction from the net. It really helps. I advise all my respected readers to follow the same if you plan to go there. Otherwise chance is higher to get lost.
However, I'm giving the top line ideas what you can do, buy and eat which will be convenient for every traveler.
1. Antiques, Handicrafts & Souvenirs can be found in Section 1. It is the place to go for statues, old LPs and other random antiques. More secular arts and crafts, such as musical instruments and hill-tribe souvenir items can be found in Sections 25 and 26.
2. Clothing & Accessories: Clothing dominates most of Chatuchak, starting in Section 8 and continuing through the even-numbered sections to 24. For accessories, several shops in Sections 24 and 26, you'll find silver jewellery and semiprecious uncut stones.
3. Eating & Drinking: Lots of Thai-style eating, snacking and drinking will crave you in Chatuchak way between Sections 6 and 8. An incredibly popular Isan restaurant; Café Ice, a Western-Thai fusion joint that does good pàt tai and tasty fruit shakes; and Saman Islam, a Thai-Muslim restaurant that serves a tasty chicken biryani.
4. House wares & Decor: The northern and northwestern edge of the market, particularly Sections 8 to 26, specializes in all manner of house wares, from cheap plastic buckets to expensive brass woks. This area is a particularly good place to stock up on inexpensive Thai ceramics, ranging from celadon to the traditional rooster-themed bowls from Lampang.
5. Pets: Possibly the most fun you’ll ever have window shopping will be petting puppies and cuddling kittens in Sections 13 and 15. It was like our own Katabon market. Soi 9 of the former features several shops that deal solely in clothing for pets.
6. Plants & Gardening: Sections 2 to 4 feature a huge variety of potted plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, and the accessories are available to maintain your garden. I bought few plain & simple designed plant tubs for my home garden.
7. Drink water and juice as much as you can to re-hydrate yourself all the time and use toilet if you feel like because urinal system is very good.
8. Take pictures as many as possible because you might not buy everything due to time and budgetary factor but later you can use captured ideas to decor your home.
9. Exchange dollar into local currency well before you visit one of the world's biggest wholesale market because you just can’t get out of it without buying anything.
10. Always use backpack, handkerchief, hat and slack dresses.
Lastly I want to say, make a plan to visit this weekend market in your next visit to Thailand. Trust me, it won’t disappoint you at all. I remember from my last trip, two female British tourists came all the way from London to Bangkok for the first time to experience the pounding of Chatuchak weekend market which was the first activity of their Thai journey whom I met in MRT.