Chatuchak is the biggest outdoor market in Thailand. This market is one of the attractions in Bangkok. It is the place where you can see both tourist and local. If you are a first time visitor to Bangkok, I recommend you to include this market in your itinerary.
According to Chatuchak website, the market covers 70 rai (27 Acres) and contains more than 15,000 stalls. The market is divided into 27 sections and each section is divided into sois. Since Chatuchak is a huge market, the section map is provided. You can see the map here.
Each section sells different types of product. Here is the information from its website.
Section 1 – Amulets, books, collectibles, food shops, café
Section 2 to 4 – Collectibles, home décor, paintings, terra cotta
Section 5 to 6 – Clothes, adornments, miscellaneous products
Section 7 to 9 – Antiques, furniture, ceramics, handicrafts
Section 10 to 24 – Clothes, consumer products, adornments, household appliances, pets
Section 17 to 19 – Ceramics, fresh and dry food
Section 22 to 26 – Antiques, furniture, handicrafts
Section 27 – Books, food and dessert shops, collectibles
Even if it was written in the website like this, I still see everything mixed in the same section. In my opinion, you can use this information as a guideline. It is better than nothing.
I’m a local and I always get lost while shopping at this market. I guess maybe many people have the same problem as me. So, I wrote a post about How to not get lost in Chatuchak Weekend Market. In the post, I share you a few tips to survive in a maze of stalls and also important information such as how to get to Chatuchak Market and opening hours. I highly recommend you to read it, if you plan to visit this market.
You can see my review of Chatuchak Section 2-4 here. It is one of my favorite areas in Chatuchak Weekend Market because many shops sell trendy clothing and accessories.