Chatuchak is a Bangkok area that’s best known for housing the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest markets in Southeast Asia. It’s also a great place for bargain shopping, as there are plenty of shops selling second-hand antiques and memorabilia. Local markets and street stalls offer fresh produce, authentic Thai dishes, and traditional sweets.
A stone’s throw from the BTS and MRT hub stations at Chatuchak, it now has a recently constructed, direct-access stop which forms part of the new BTS extension line, (Yaek Ladprao). The three huge parks of the area are just behind the store within walking distance. Chatuchak, Rot Fai and Sirikit Park attracts many families and those looking for a convenient escape from downtown Bangkok. These parks have a stunning array of expertly-manicured blooms and well-kept greenery including lawns, trees and bushes. Make sure to visit the Butterfly garden.
Chatuchak is a generally quiet area but known for the busy weekends-only Chatuchak Market, where thousands of stalls sell everything from Buddha statues and antiques to knickknacks, clothing, and pets. This place has everything from clothes and accessories to handicrafts, garden furniture, plants, and even rare animals, fish and reptiles that might otherwise not be considered as pets were this not Thailand. There is food, coffee, ice-cream and beer, but the crowds do get a little overbearing in the afternoon heat for those not accustomed to such chaos and diversity.
Union Mall and Central Ladprao both have markets around them from time to time but the days tend to change quite often, as do the layouts.
Convenient public transport options make Chatuchak very easy to access, thanks to the MRT Underground Station at Chatuchak Park, the Mo Chit BTS Skytrain Station, and plenty of bus lines. The area also provides a convenient gateway to other areas in the north of Bangkok, such as Vipawadee Rangsit, Ladprao, and Saphan Kwai. The new central train station will probably change the face of this laidback district in the future.
Located on Kamphaeng Phet Road, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a 10-minute taxi ride from Chatuchak Park. A massive variety of visual art from Thai and international artists is on display inside, making MOCA worth the short taxi ride from the BTS or MRT.