In regard to the market in Bangkok, Chatuchak Market is the latest one and you will find what you are looking for. This is weekend market where many tourists and buyers visit for shopping and purchase.
There are about 15,000 shops in this huge area that can not look around in a day.
Let’s check it out the whole area with a map
There are 29 sections in Chatuchak market.
When looking for the items you want to purchase, let’s check your target sections as below.
Section 1: Antiques, accessories, secondhand books
Section 2-4: Apparel for young people, miscellaneous goods for souvenirs, accessories
Section 5-6: Clothes, shoes, apparel
Section 7: Pottery, gardening
Section 8: Paintings, arts, crafts
Section 9 – 11: Handcraft, apparel, miscellaneous goods, artificial flowers
SECTION 12, 14: Hiking, apparel, accessories, shoes, dry food
Section 13: Pet Supplies, Postcards, Souvenirs
SECTION 15 – 20: Pottery, miscellaneous goods, silver accessories, furniture, hiking, dry food
Sections 21 – 24: Apparel, miscellaneous goods, shoes
Section 25: Thai silk, pottery
Section 26: Antique, silk, miscellaneous goods
Sections 27 – 28: Stalls, Restaurants, Handcrafts
SECTION 29: Antiquess, Books, Accessories.
Not every section is beautifully organized. Miscellaneous goods, apparel, accessories are dotted everywhere.
So many items in the market
Asian style Accessory – Necklace and Bracelet
Designed soap like a flower
There are shellfish and coral as well
This is Thailand. Of course there is Muay Thai goods.
Thailand is hot all season. You will find good price swimming cloth
Cute sandals good with Cute swimming cloth.
Asian style lights
Many different style of lights
Apparel clothing made by hemp.
Silver is one of the major items in Thailand.
There is Gold Accessary as well.
Hand made leather craft bags. Service putting name on it.
There are so many military goods and apparels.
Non-branded leather shoes and suede shoes are cheap and the quality is also good.
You will see so many Aroma shops.
There is also a houseplant.
There is also a cactus.
There are so many different type of bags.
Bath Bomb is good for souvenir.
High quality and good price crocodile leather products.
Please do not forget negotiation when you purchase
Some items has a price tag but most of the case, you will not see it. The first thing you need to do is to check the item price for negotiation.
If you show that you are going to buy before you check the price, the shop person will not discount for you.
Some shops can communicate in English, but some shops cannot understand English at all. There is no need to negotiate for the sample purchase, but in the case of purchase with big lot, it is necessary to negotiate seriously even with an interpreter.
If you have an interesting shop and if you want to visit again, you better to get the shop business card. Most shops have business cards.
Make your original product
You will be able to make your original products even if you place the order with small lot.
Even if the product is sliver which need to make a new mold, the minimum purchasing lot is around 50pcs. In our experience, the shops bacially accept OEM for 10pcs order.
The correct way of OEM is to request the sample first. Then check its quality and check if the price is suitable for it.
In order to proceed the OEM in Thailand, we believe Thai language interpreter is necessary. The shop person will not understand the “detail” of specification of your order in English.
Note when you go to the market
Thailand is a very hot country except December – February. It is burning in April and May especially.
Since the Chatuchak market is an outdoor market, there are some places where air conditioners and fans are working, but basically you have to walk around in a hot street in the market.
Some shops such as aroma shop and massage shops have air conditioning. If you cannot keep staying in the so hot environment, you better go escape for this air conditioning shops.
Also, please do not forget keep taking water. You can buy 500ml bottole of water for THB 10.
Enjoy foods in the market
There are places where you can eat in Chatuchak Market. The most prominent location is around section 27.
There are fried food and fried seafood. Most of foods are Thai food in this area.
Cold fruits and coconut ice are delicious when it’s so hot.
Recommending Paelia Restaurant
Personally recommended, there is a Paella restaurant in soy 16 of section 8. Paella is cooked with big pot and always club music in this restaurant.
When you go here, you will see that so many people enjoy eating and drinking all the time.
Mussels, shrimp, chicken, paprika are lavishly served and one dish for THB 160 baht.
Anyway, it is so hot weekend weekend market, but there are lots of unique items in here. You will be able to purchase Thai good quality items for cheap price depend on negotiations.
It’s so huge market. So when you go to Chatuchak market for the first time, I recommend you better to go with a guide.
If you do not understand a map, you will definitely get lost and you will have to keep walking in the hot weather.