BANGKOK STREET MARKETSChatuchat weekend market, inside alley, Bangkok

Written by a Street Market Freak

As you may have read, one of our Next Stops is Thailand. All of us very excited about it, we can’t wait. And, like in all families, all of us have really different expectations. My husband is looking forward to visiting the islands, lying on the beach is the only thing he can think about after a whole year of cold Italy. My eldest son is already reading a lot about Buddhism. My youngest, instead, is longing to see the nature, elephants, shark whales and trees. He wants to taste all kinds of fruit. Night train travel is also part of his plans. And me..? I want all of the above… plus Street Markets, most of all CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET!

Thailand in general, and more precisely Bangkok, is well known for all the different markets you can see in the city. It’s a shopping paradise, or so they say. And no, I am not interested in visiting fancy shopping malls; I want street markets, night markets, food markets and floating markets too.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

In a way, I have scheduled the trip to be in Bangkok in a weekend. This is a market I wouldn’t miss for any reason on Earth. It is one of the World’s largest ones, covering an area of 35 acres. It offers almost anything at a bargain local price, and most sellers actually come from local factories and workshops around Thailand.

Piece of advice I’ve been told a lot: Once you see something you like: buy it! Chances are you get lost and never see it again. Another popular piece of advice: try coconut ice cream, they say it’s awesome.

Shops and Stalls, Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Shops and Stalls, Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:

  • Clothing & Accessories

  • Handcrafts

  • Ceramics

  • Furniture and Home Decoration

  • Food and Beverage

  • Plants and Gardening tools

  • Art and Gallery

  • Pets and Pet Accessories

  • Books

  • Antiques and Collectibles

  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing

Or Tor Kor Market

Right next to Chatuchak, this is one of the best fresh markets in the world. Products displayed here are selected among the best found in the entire country. This market displays an amazing variety of beautiful and exotic fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, flowers, fresh meats and seafood. Chances are that you, as a tourist, won’t be buying that much, but if you are interested in taking nice colorful pictures, this is the place to be.

Or Tor Kor Market.

Fruit-market, variety of vegetable and fruits. Bangkok

Fruit, vegetables, colors.

Rod Fai (Train Market)

An authentic open-air bazaar, full of vintage collectibles from the past, from antique furniture to Mao kitsch. In this night market there is also modern fashion combined with cool restaurants, snack stalls and bars with a fun night out proposal from sunset to midnight, Thursday to Sunday.

Rod Fai Market. A vintage car

Rod Fai Market. A vintage car.

Pak Klong Talad (Night Flower Market) 

It is said to be the largest wholesale but also retail fresh flower market in Bangkok, selling all types of flowers including roses, orchids and lilies with amazingly cheap prices. A fantastic characteristic of this market, is the sweet smell of flowers combined with….guess what? Yes! The smell of food stalls. The market lies just south of Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and has access to a river pier.

Bangkok Flower Market.

Bangkok Flower Market.

Bangkok Floating Markets

Just enjoy the atmosphere, relax on a guided boat tour. Some floating markets are: Taling Chan, Bang Ku Wiang, Tha Kha, however without any doubt, Damnoen Saduak is the most famous one.

Damnoen Saduak a popular floating market in Thailand, great spot for photography lovers but also for food. To give you a taste of another way of life. Get up early to avoid the heat and catch the market spirit. It is over an hour outside Bangkok, you can also join a tour to get there.

If you look for some relaxed atmosphere, Bang Ku Wiang is a traditional Thai floating market, not so beaten by tourism. Monks arrive early in the morning by boat on their daily tak baat.

Boats on the river full of tourists. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

 

Special thanks to www.bangkok.com and @AsiaWebDirect for the pictures.

 

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Chatuchak Market, tower.

 

 

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