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This market is perfect for tourists and expats seeking low-cost souvenirs and household items from ornaments to cleaning products. It is considered to be the largest open-air market in Asia and is one of Bangkok’s most well-known attractions. The place is huge, and it can be easy to get lost amongst a labyrinth of small walkways and back alley boutiques.
With at least 8,000 market stalls you can imagine the sheer size of this place, though they reckon there could be another couple of thousands unofficial stalls on the outskirts. Over a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come looking for a bargain so be sure to haggle.
You’ll certainly be in awe of all the fantastic colours of fabrics on offer and spangled-bangles for all you hippies. There is pretty much everything for sale here. If you're looking to spend some money, there's something for everyone including Clothing & Accessories, Handicrafts, Ceramics, Furniture & Home Decoration, Food & Drinks, Plants & Gardening, Art & Gallery, Pets & Pet Accessories, Books and Antiques & Collectibles to name but a few. So just turn up and have a wander and see what tickles your fancy.
The weather can be sweltering so it is wise to try and get there early and wear a hat if you have one, or you can buy one! There are plenty of places for food and drink too, so you can spend a few hours there wandering to your heart’s content before stopping for some lunch, or a cold pint of beer.
Best reached by BTS Mo Chit Skytrain or Chatuchak MRT Subway; just turn up at the weekend, and you'll see the masses of people; you can't miss it. The market is a very safe place to visit, but it goes without saying, like most public places and market areas, just be vigilant of pick-pockets or anyone who’s trying especially hard to befriend you.