Photos of Chatuchak Weekend Market over New Year’s, 2012-2013

Chatuchak market stalls New Year 2012

I was at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok on Sunday, along with about a million other people in Bangkok — boy, was it crowded.

Chatuchak, of course, is Thailand’s largest open-air market and, with more than 15,000 stalls, is one of the largest open-air markets in Asia. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Chatuchak, let’s just say, you may have trouble finding it in all of Thailand.

This weekend, all the Thais, of course, were doing their shopping for the New Year celebrations as giving gifts is a huge deal in Thailand and, as many Thais go ‘upcountry’ (out of Bangkok) to visit family, they take many gifts with them.

Anyway, I snapped a few photos of Chatuchak Weekend Market while I was there, as it’s such a great place to take fun pictures.. Just thought I’d share in case you haven’t been to the market before, or haven’t been able to get up there recently.

And, if you haven’t been before, don’t miss these tips on how to survive one of Asia’s largest markets. After all, it is a bit crazy.

And let me just say have a Happy New Year, and I hope your 2013 is absolutely wonderful.

Chatuchak market hats New Year 2012

These are hand-made hats being sold on one stall. And, at only 150 baht (less than $5) each, they are a great bargain, and perfect for gifts. As well as very fun hats for children and adults alike.

If you’re into Bob Marley or the Rastafarian lifestyle instead, or just like hemp products, you will find quite a few stalls like the one below at Chatuchak in Bangkok. They sell everything from hats to scarves to wallets to slippers to gloves to jewelry. Prices are cheap too.

Chatuchak market New Years 2012

Chatuchak market bar New Year 2012

There are some excellent bars at Chatuchak so, if you are tired of shopping and need a sit, a relax and a cold beer, head to one of these.

Chatuchak market flowers New Year 2012

A lot of people don’t think about buying flowers at Chatuchak Weekend Market, as the main market day for flowers is Wednesday. There are a few stalls selling them, though, and they have some beautiful plants.