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Fast and Easy Ways To Get To Chatuchak Weekend Market From Downtown Bangkok

One of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangkok and the most visited market is Chatuchak Weekend Market. Held every Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday, Chatuchak (also known as Jatujak in Thai) has more than 15,000 stalls and a large air conditioned mall. Getting to Chatuchak, 10 miles north of dojavascript:void(0)wntown Bangkok in the city’s suburbs, can be a bit confusing for visitors to the city. It doesn’t have to be. With several options of transportation, getting to Chatuchak is easy and convenient.

Take the Sky Train (BTS) – One of the easiest ways to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market is by sky train. Get onto the Mo Chit northern bound train either by the main station, Siam, or from any station on that line. The Mo Chit station is the last station on the line. When you arrive at the station, get out and follow the signs for the market (and the crowds). The market is on the right hand side of the street, just behind the large Chatuchak Park. The fare each way will be $1 or less.Returning to downtown Bangkok, get back on the sky train and go south. As this is the only way the train goes from Mo Chit you can’t go wrong.

Take the Underground Train (MRT) – Another easy way to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market is by underground train and there are two options here.Take the underground train (MRT) from any station on the northern line (there’s only two lines, one north and one south). Stay on the train and either get off at Chatuchak Park station or Kamphaeng Phet.At Chatuchak Park station, when you come up out of the underground you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the park. The easiest way to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market from here is to walk through the park to the far entrance (follow the crowds) and, across the small street you’ll come out in, you’ll see a small alley into the market.The even easier underground station to Chatuchak Park is the Kamphaeng Phet station as this comes up right at the entrance to the mall. Exit via escalator and, at the top of the escalator, you’ll see some of the 15,000 stalls, cafes and restaurants.

When leaving the market, get back on the underground train at either Chatuchak Park or Kamphaeng Phet stations and head south. Fares are around $1 per trip.

Take a Taxi – You can take a taxi from anywhere in Bangkok to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Although more expensive than both the sky train and underground, it’s a convenient form of transportation if you’re coming a long way and don’t want to be bothered changing modes of transportation.A typical taxi ride to Chatuchak Weekend Market can be anything from 70 baht (just over $2) to 500 baht($15.5) or more, depending on distance. Still much cheaper than western taxis though, if there’s a group of four of you it’s not too expensive.

Taxis too are wonderful to take when you leave Chatuchak as, if you have tons of shopping, who wants to carry it on the sky train or underground when a taxi will drop you off at your hotel.The only drawback is, on the weekends around the Chatuchak Weekend Market area, traffic can be horrendous. So a 15 minute trip into downtown Bangkok via sky train or underground can take you an hour, or even longer, via taxi.

Take a Bus – Taking the bus from downtown Bangkok to Chatuchak Weekend Market is the cheapest way to go. It’s also a fun way to see the city on your travels. Fares are usually no more than 15 baht (around 55 cents), but they can be slow if traffic is bad.Buy a bus map at any Bangkok 7-11 or bookstore. The map shows all the bus routes in the city and which number of bus you will need to take, depending on where in downtown Bangkok you’re traveling from.

The stop you need is “Talad Chatuchak” (Chatuchak Market in Thai).As you can see, there are many ways to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market from downtown Bangkok. Choose the easiest or most fun for you.

Photo copyright Tasty Thailand – BTS sky train advertising Kentucky Fried Chicken – a great way to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market.