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Chatuchak clothing shopping

When I first set foot on Chatuchak market (JJ in short), I was overwhelmed. By the heat, the crowd, and the massive amount of goods on offer. I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for and remember leaving with some disappointment, thinking I wasted my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to score some memorable Thai goodies.

Little did I know that exactly one year later I would live a metro ride away from Chatuchak, in the heart of Bangkok. I’ve revisited the market several times since, discovered new spots, and found my way to navigate it. 

Happy to share my tips and tricks with you, so you can skip my initial frustration and move on straight to the JJ expert level!

Chatuchak market shopping

The essentials before you go

You can take “shop till you drop” literally at Chatuchak. You’ll be strolling down one of the biggest markets in the world in a tropic heat. So take your precautions to enjoy the ride!

Come earlier than the crowd but not earlier than the vendors – 10AM is perfect to start your shopping spree.

Wear light and comfortable shoes and clothes, which are easy to take off for any fitting. Carry only a light bag with you, ideally one that’s big enough to store your newly acquired treasures without needing plastic bags. 

No need to bring food and drinks though – as ANY Thai market, Chatuchak will make sure you don’t have to walk around with an empty stomach.

What kind of shopper are you?

Do you just enjoy walking around, absorbing the atmosphere and seeing what comes your way? Just take into account the essentials above and you’ll have a blast at JJ!

If however you’re on the hunt for a specific item or a particular category of goods, like clothing or home deco, don’t count on finding it spontaneously. Chatuchak is so big that you can literally get lost there! Luckily it’s divided in sections so you can find where you need to head to. Pick up a map of the market at the info kiosk at the main entrance or find it online. Once you’ll be there, the coordinates of each section are clearly indicated so your quest should go smoothly!

Scoring that fabulous fashion find

If you’re on the lookout for a cool outfit, the fashion section at JJ may still be pretty overwhelming. 

Where to find that perfect dress, cool pair of shoes or special piece of jewelry?

It took me some time to discover, but I’ve got my all time fav fashion spot now on Chatuchak!

Chatuchak market shopping

Sections 2 and 3 have small independent labels worth checking out.

My favorite little alley is section 3 soi 44/2, where you have cute clothing shops, original jewelry and a coffee bar to get your shot of caffeine (or to park your boyfriend). Walk around there and have a look at some of the neighbouring alleys too.

chatuchak shopping
Chatuchak market shopping

So many cute little shops to explore in this section of Chatuchak!


A girl can never have enough colorful accessories, right?

Chatuchak jewelry
Chatuchak jewelry

One of the (many) local jewelry brands I love here is “Rock Me”, with inspiration taken from nature.

Chatuchak jewelry

An original gift for yourself or someone else: have a piece of jewelry personalized at this little shop called “TM Made By Heart”.

How was your experience at Chatuchak or are you still about to visit it? Happy to answer any questions you may have, and hear your favorite spots in this shopping walhalla!

Chatuchak market

Practical info about Chatuchak market

Chatuchak Market opening times:

Saturday and Sunday (the whole market) from 9am to 6pm

Wednesday and Thursday (plant section only) from 7am to 6pm

Friday (wholesale only) from 6pm to 12pm

Bought too many goodies to pack in your suitcase? No worries, there are several courier services available at Chatuchak Market such as DHL, which will ship your items overseas.


Share your thoughts with me!

Any questions on this brand or my blog in general? Any ideas or feedback you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! You can also drop me a message through the contact page or send a mail to contact@treasurista.com.


  1. Snow

    Hello Gosia I am contacting to you from Myanmar. I am actually planning to open a small boutique shop here. My ideal boutique shop would carry bohemian style clothing and accessories. Would you be recommend me to explore Chatuchak Wholesale Friday to get stuff for my shop. If so which shop should I check out.
    I would also love to go to Chiang Mai too.
    Your advise would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

  2. Jessica Welle

    Thanks sooooo much for these great tips! I have been to Thailand once three years ago and loved the shopping. As a matter of fact, my husband, my daughter and I loved Thailand soo much, we had a hard time readjusting back in Miami. We are so excited because we are heading back again July 4th for 8 days and I told my husband, I am going out on my own shopping for two solid days!!! Your tips are truly welcomed since I love small, independent brands! I did great shopping at terminal 21 when I was there last time. Will definitely check out all of your trips this July! BTW…how awesome you moved to Thailand!!!!


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