Friends think that I have answers to everything in Bangkok, from transportation, to where to buy this and that. And the infamous question of “Is it safe to travel to Bangkok?” I ain’t got no crystal ball; sorry to disappoint, but I will do my best to help.
Is Chatuchak market open on weekdays?
One of the frequently asked questions. A question that I had no answer to, which can be answered with some legwork. I went on a mission to find out, to put this question to rest once and for all.
Rejoice, humans, for, it is open on weekdays. But, before you pop open a bottle of champagne, read on …
MRT is the best mode of public transport during weekdays. Alight at MRT Kamphaeng Phet, exit 2. After you walk out from exit 2, you will face an ’empty’ market. This is where the Fashion section is, and they are closed on weekdays.
You will still be able to access Chatuchak market as the gate is left slightly open. If you walk in through the gate, that’s when you will find a deserted market, with the exception of some plant shops. That’s when visitors normally make an u-turn, and leave the market.
So, instead of walking in to the market, you need to take a left turn after you walk out from the Mrt station. You will walk pass a row of shoplot towards the street.
After you reach the end of the shoplots, turn right and walk straight. You will walk pass SCB Bank. Further up, you will see Kasikorn Bank , facing JJ Outlet. There will be cars parked next to Kasikorn Bank. You can walk in here, for easy access to Chatuchak market.
Home decor, gift shop, furniture and pet shops, with some food stalls, and even massage shops are open.
When I was there on a Tuesday, plant shops are being set up. I assumed it’s for Chatuchak’s plant market on Wednesday. (UpdateJune 2017: Read about Chatuchak Plant Market here).
I am not sure about you, but the biggest draw at Chatuchak market to me would be the Fashion area. So, visiting Chatuchak market on weekdays is an anti-climax. But, if your travel schedule only allows a visit on weekdays, it is still worthwhile to drop by at Chatuchak market for non-fashion shopping.
As for Friday nights, vendors set up their stalls from around 21:00 until late. Update Feb 2017: Some stalls already started operation around 18:00 here.
Whilst I enjoy the peace and quiet, I had to admit that I missed Chatuchak Weekend market’s atmosphere.