Arguably Thailand’s most famous market, the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market is a feast for the senses: think stalls selling all manner of colourful wares, techno music blaring out of speakers and mouthwatering food aromas wafting through the air. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hordes of locals and tourists wander through its maze-like alleys, exploring all that the 8,000-plus vendors have to offer.
The market is divided into 27 sections, each focused on a certain category: besides trendy apparel, you’ll find antiques, paintings, ceramics, electronics, books and much more. Beat the heat with some creamy coconut ice cream or a refreshing fruit smoothie.
Tip: Head down by around 10am to avoid the crowds.
How to get there: Hop on the Blue Line (in the direction of To Tha Pra) at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT station, and get off at Kamphaeng Phet MRT station. From there, it’s a six-minute walk to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
The flower emporium: Pak Khlong Talat