After answering the question of “Is Chatuchak Market open during weekdays?“, here comes the next day-specific question: “Is it open on Friday?“ Some people say that the Chatuchak Weekend Market starts operations on Friday itself.
Uh-hu … I’ve no idea. Around one month ago, I made a trip to Chatuchak Market on a Friday evening to find out the answer. Walking in at 6pm, there were signs of life: there were shoppers, both locals and foreigners alike.
Many stalls were in the midst of setting up, with workers unloading goods everywhere. Beware of trolley carts ..
.. and beware of vehicles too. During the weekends, the market is cleared of vehicles, but not on Friday evening. Whenever a vehicle stops to unload goods, it causes mini traffic congestion inside the market.
As not all stalls are open for business – those ready were doing brisk business.
Some areas, especially those with a proper shop lot were still quiet.
Food stalls were opened, so afraid not of being hungry. My usual favorite coconut ice cream stall is closed, so I bought from one of the many coconut ice cream stalls. The taste is nowhere close to the original, sans coconut juice, and it was expensive 50 baht!
This website here shows the environment at 10pm.
Without any doubt, Chatuchak Weekend market during weekend is the best. That’s why it’s called Weekend market, right? But if you really have no choice, then late Friday evening is a viable option …