Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok
Whenever I go on holiday to somewhere new and really cool sounding I’ll always take my main camera with me. I shoot with a Nikon D4 which is referred to by professionals as a “tank” and a “brick” because it’s a big heavy camera that takes awesome photos and they’re really tough (perfect for a working pro). So when I go on holiday I’m happy to walk around for the whole day and snap away even though I’m carrying a really heavy camera but Chatuchak broke me.
When we arrived in Bangkok from the UK it was already night time and around 30 degrees (wee note, Edinburgh was 2 degrees when we left) so it was seriously hot. We visited Chatuchak on our first full day mid morning with sun blazing and I took photos for around 30 minutes then I was cooked. Literally! I felt like I had just stepped out of an oven.
Chatuchak is absolutely awesome with it’s 15000+ stalls that sells everything. There are wedding accessory shops, fairy light shops, makeup shops, shoes, camera straps, home decorations, furniture, all kinds of food, literally you can buy everything. And the organisers of Chatuchak are genius, as mentioned it’s seriously bloody hot, especially when it’s your first full day in Thailand, so you walk around for a while and dotted around the market are massage shops with air conditioning.
So walk around for 1 hour, jump in a massage place, foot massage, cool down, pay a few pounds then carry on shopping. Genius!
Our big disappointment about Chatuchak is with ourselves. We knew we wanted to buy a lot of things in Thailand but we thought we’d hold back at Chatuchak and buy things from other markets around Thailand. Granted other markets were great, especially Chiang Mai’s walking street and Chang Chui in Bangkok but none of the other markets even touched Chatuchak for sheer variety.
We’re going back to Thailand again this Christmas and our plan next time is to bring a rolling suitcase to fill with awesome things.
Highlights, we love collecting kitchenwares; pots, cutlery, egg timers, and I like collecting wood and metal signs for decorating our home. Tonnes of these.
Food was also great, not long after arriving I had to grab a mango smoothie which wasn’t great from the stall I want to but there are tonnes of other stalls with all manners of drinks, foods, etc and it’s right by a MRT station. If you go to Bangkok you must check out Chatuchak, it’s a lot of fun!