Khet Chatuchak area is one of the 50 districts of Bangkok; it’s one of the most important, central districts in the huge, busy city life. For tourists – the name Chatuchak is mostly (if not solely) familiar because of the famous weekend market which carries the same title, but there are many more interesting attractions in the area that are worth your time.
Those who visit Bangkok may sometimes get the feeling that Chatuchak weekend market is located somewhere in a remote area in the city margins, but in fact, the entire area is one of the busiest, bubbliest, most central areas in Bangkok. Here you’ll find the beautiful building of Thai Airways – the national flight company, that senior Thai citizens surely recall from the way to the old airport of Bangkok. In the picture: one of the most famous buildings in Bangkok – the Elephant building, which is also in the area.
Apart from the famous Chatuchak market, you can find many attractions in the area: parks, museums, many markets esc. I will review most of them in the list below. I’d also like to mention that even the Thai license bureau (to get your motor vehicle license / driving license) is in the area, and the Suan Night Bazaar will also be transferred to the area (currently under construction). Because of the area’s importance and centrality in the city life, no wonder it is served by both the Skytrain (BTS) and the underground train (MRT)
As promised, here is a list of the diverse attractions that Chatuchak area offers its visitors. A detailed review of every attraction will be posted separately and the links will appear here (please bear with me as the website abounds with material and there is still much to be posted).
Chatuchak Weekend market – *The famous weekend market (the largest in Asia) – active on weekends only
Chatuchak Plaza market – *An adjacent market right next to the weekend market – active all week long
JJ Mall – * A shopping center next to the above markets
Central Plaza Ladprao – One of the best, biggest and busiest shopping centers in Bangkok, a great experience for those who want a taste of the real Bangkok
Thai Airways market – One of the most famous markets in Bangkok, especially when it comes to shopping for clothes, shoes, bags, and fashion accessories. The locals visit here to buy quality brands and commodities in far lower prices than those offered in shopping centers, as well as quality products by local designers. It somewhat resembles Lalai Sap market on Silom road but this is a far bigger version of it.
Rot Fy market – Flea market, antiques and non-conventional commodities.
Union Mall – a huge, popular, 8-level shopping mall, which spreads on 150,000 sqm and contains more than 1,000 shops… It appeals mostly to a younger audience and somewhat resembles the heavily crowded MBK. The Union Mall is in front of Central Plaza Ladparoo, and right next to it you’ll find a market which is active every day from 5 PM, offering clothes, bags, fashion accessories and more.
Or-Tor-Kor Market -Right next to the weekend market, there’s a fresh fruit and vegetables market, offering the highest quality of these and other food commodities in Thailand. We’re talking about an open space supermarket, squeaky clean and abundant with the best culinary products in Thailand, so naturally, it’s considered as the fresh market of the “high society” in Thailand. If you have the time, I recommend you explore the market and have a taste of the various cuisines offered in its food stalls. In front of the market, you’ll see the flowers & plants section of Chatuchak market, which is open of Wednesdays and Thursdays (in addition to weekends, of course).
Chatuchak Park Complex – A huge complex of 3 parks that are connected to one another, creating one of the most beautiful and large parks in northern Bangkok. You’ll find here a lot of shade, blossoming gardens, pools and lakes (including boat sails), and you can also rent bike on site.
Bangkok Children’s Discovery Museum – unlike the common perception of most museums, here you won’t see ‘do not disturb’, ‘keep quiet’ or ‘do not touch’ signs. This is a big, special kids’ museum, which encourages them to touch and experience the various presentations and activities. The museum is in the northern side of the weekend market (in the park).
Major Cineplex Ratchayotin – A large complex of shops and the most innovative cinema halls in Thailand. The first IMAX in Thailand was established here, then moved to Siam Paragon and replaced with a highly innovative Digital IMAX. This is the most innovative movie complex in Bangkok, and its only competitor is the new complex (by the same company) called Esplanade, on Rachadapisek. Road.
* 2 other attractions are currently under construction and should join this area soon:
The IN Square – An 8-floor shopping center that’s currently being built right in front of the weekend market
The Suan Lum Night Bazar – which is being transferred from its previous location on Sathorn street; undergoing construction in Chatuchak street.
Of course, once these two attractions are open, I will review them in detail and post it on site.