Navigating JJ/Chatuchak/Jatujak market. Well let’s be honest navigation is impossible, but it’s always good to have some bearings so you can get off in the right direction. You can get to the market by taking the BTS Sky Train to Mo Chit station, take a look out of the left hand side just before pulling into the station and you’ll see the mass of corrugated iron roofing that covers a huge area of the market. Its easy once you’re at the station, just follow the crowd (you wont have a choice!) and you’ll soon see the entrance! The markets opening times are from around 9am-9pm, but alot of the shops dont open until 12pm onwards  If you want a less crowded less packed experience head there in the morning and although not everything is open there’s still more stuff that you could ever physically see.After a few times of going there and not paying attention to where I’d come in, then walking around for ages with no idea where the right exit was, I learnt that the exit nearest the BTS station (and likely the one you’ll enter through) is opposite Section 9. It’s still disguised fairly well even when you know its there so make a mental note of something to remind you when you go in. Other sections to note are…

  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8-11)
  • Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)

The stores around the outside road can be a little more pricey, and throughout the day the day while the market is pack with tourists and all the Thai’s are hiding in the shade prices are a little higher, as soon as the sun sets, swarms of Thai’s arrive and a lot of ridiculously cheap shops pop up. The price difference can be huge, after sunset there are normally at least a couple of 99 baht shirt and dress shops about!

Another tip is, if you see something you love buy it then and there, you’ll never find it again if you dont! Remember to bargain hard, you can often get things for less than quarter of the original price stated so dont be afraid to go low with your first offer. However, if something has the price written somewhere on a sign or label somewhere it is normally non negotiable unless you are buying a fare few items!