What is the Chatuchak Weekend Market?? This is THE weekend market to check out in Bangkok. There are over 9,000 stalls of everything you didn’t think you wanted to buy. We took the BTS to the market, and as we exited the platform we were surrounded by people all going to the same place.
We managed to stop at The Waffle to buy a freshly made maple flavored waffle.
That whole freshly baked smell thing? Yeah, it got me. And yes, it was worth it. After The Waffle, the crowd flowed down the stairs and along the sidewalk to the market. It was definitely sensory overload.
Just a sampling of items for purchase: linens, bags, purses (knockoffs), clothing (knockoffs), bras, underwear, shoes (knockoffs), sandals, bracelets, jewelry, wallets, hats, pottery, wood crafts, buddhas, art, elephant themed anything, glassware, postcards, electronics, and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (knockoffs?) on every corner. There were also some very cute shops mostly “inside” with etsy-esque goods, original clothing, and some really great fine art. We didn’t check fully into the art prices, but K already wants to go back to buy some. We picked up a pair of nice suede Clarks style shoes for K, and some gifts that we mailed home. Ain’t nobody got room for that in our 40L bags.
In addition to all of the merchandise to be had, the Chatuchak Market has a plethora of food items for sale. Kiki and I tried a number of them.
1. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Not too sweet, served with a straw. I don’t exactly know if it’s taboo to put your lips on a can or bottle in Asia, but I have seen an older Chinese man drink Heineken through a straw. I do enjoy using a straw, but I draw the line at fermented beverages.
2. Fresh coconut ice cream served in a half coconut shell with coconut “jellies” and grated sweetened pumpkin.
Ummm, coconut? I’m in. They also threw in a cup of the fresh young coconut juice.
Why yes, I would love a hydrating beverage because I’ve lost about 5lbs in sweat already today!
3. Chicken kebab type wrap sandwich. The chicken was cut off of one of those rotating gyro type grills and then put in the wrap with a bunch of other tasty ingredients including a ketchupy sauce. That wouldn’t have been my first choice in condiment (ranch anyone?), but it was pretty good, and hot and tasty.
4.THE BEST ICED COFFEE OF MY LIFE. This small shop that sold outdoor/hiking equipment also happened to have a coffee bar. Okay, let’s get one. So we buy it, walk around, go outside, and finish it in about 45 seconds, and both look at each other with wide eyes. “I wish it wasn’t gone already.” Yeah, okay, let’s go back and get another one, or well, two. The Thai iced coffee is not just coffee and ice, it has milk already added to it. The combo of the most flavorful freshly brewed espresso, the ice, the milk, it was so refreshing on the 90 some degree day. The barista even drew us cute pictures on the cups. Gotta love that.
If I had to go back to find the coffee booth, or any of the shops we stopped at, I would probably spend all day searching and never find it because of the enormity of this market. It really was a great way to spend a Saturday, and if you are into clothing/shopping/making some money on ebay, this market is for you. The people watching is pretty good too.
Where did we stay in Bangkok?
At Mind Executive Suites – Close to the metro and located in Sukhumvit, the hotel has a great breakfast and a small pool on the top floor. Great location and a very nice place to stay.