There are many great places to go shopping in Chatuchak besides the famous namesake weekend market. While the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the go-to for enthusiastic shoppers in search of good bargains, you'll find many more shopping options that offer a similar range of goods, some in a more comfortable setting.

    If you like street food, there’s a local market selling top-quality produce, authentic dishes, and traditional sweets. Vintage lovers can also shop for a wide range of antiques and memorabilia in Chatuchak. If you’re planning a day of cheap shopping in Bangkok, check out our guide on where to shop in Chatuchak.

    Chatuchak Weekend Market is home to more than 8,000 market stalls that are spread over an area that equals more than 14 football fields. Once only popular among wholesalers and traders, it has eventually reached landmark status as a must-visit place for visitors to the Thai capital. The market’s sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees. Chances are you'll end up spending at least half a day at Chatuchak, so it's a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as well as carry bottled drinking water with you.

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    Location: Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Friday from 6pm to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 9am to 6pm

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    Or Tor Kor Market is a nice place to stroll around, whether you're just browsing, taking photos, or doing some grocery shopping. Fresh, large-sized fruit of all types and varieties is what it's mostly known for, but you'll also find a wide range of vegetables, seafood, pre-cut meats and flowers. Thai sweets are also plentiful, whether the traditional kind or modern varieties, such as kanom krok (grilled coconut pancakes), sweet sticky rice, steamed palm sugar desserts, and kanom bueng (coconut crepes).

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    Location: 101, Phahonyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6am to 8pm

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    Papaya Design Furniture & Studio occupies a warehouse in the suburbs of Bangkok. The entrance is small and resembles a workshop cluttered with junk and some workers chit-chatting while fixing unidentified pieces of unidentified junk. Some of the genuine vintage items on display are not for sale, while those that are may not come with a price tag. A good tip is to take a photo and go back to the centre of the shop, where someone is always around to help you.

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    Location: 306/1 Soi Lat Phrao 55/2 Lat Phrao Rd, Phlabphla, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6.30pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 539 8220

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    Rot Fai Market (or Talad Rod Fai Train Night Market) in Bangkok is an authentic open-air bazaar selling an incredible array of vintage collectables and memorabilia from yesteryear, from antique furniture to hippy fashion and Mao kitsch. With 3 sections to this huge market space, there are also many traders selling modern fashion and apparel more typical of other night markets in Bangkok. They’re quite friendly without being pushy, so you can browse and explore at your leisure without the feeling of being part of a tourist trap.

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    Location: 51 Srinagarindra Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 5pm to 1am (closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)81 827 5885

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    Union Mall Bangkok

    Union Mall Bangkok mostly caters for a younger crowd, mainly university students, office workers, and those who find Central Lad Prao too expensive and Chatuchak Weekend Market too hot. This shopping mall stands 8 storeys tall and has over 1,000 retail shops. You can also find an international food court, fast food chains, entertainment areas, a fitness centre and a supermarket. From 5pm onwards, the mall has an open-air market that sells clothes, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories at affordable prices.

    Location: 54 Soi Lat Phrao, Chomphon, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 512 5000

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