Chatuchak Market, Bangkok. A Good Match.

A trip to the weekend Chatuchuk market is one of the highlights of a Bangkok visit. The 35-acre market site is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. The market seems overwhelming at first and it’s easy to get lost. Make a plan before you go and stick to the areas that are appealing rather than wasting time in the general furniture, hardware or pet sections. Below are a few scenes from the market, included in this week’s wordpress photographic challenge, A Good Match. I have chosen these photos mostly due to colour matching or the juxtaposition of coordinated elements in the displays.

Beautiful matching blue and white ceramics.
Beautiful matching blue and white ceramics. Boring alone, great when massed together.
more antique matching cermanics
More antique matching porcelain.

You can get to the market by taking the sky train. Hop on at BTS and get off at Mo Chit station, then take exit no. 1 and follow the crowd until you see rows of canvas stalls selling clothes. Turn right while continuing to follow the crowd and you will see a small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section). You can also get there by taxi. It’s a great day out, with plenty of interesting options for resting when you get tired. Little cafes are sprinkled among the stalls and good restaurants can be found around the perimeter of the market, as well as fast food within it.

Stalls dedicated to home dyed indigo scarves and clothing. I love Indigo.
Matching Indigo dyed cloth, hand-woven and expensive.
some well matched deep fried items ready to go.
Some well- matched deep fried items ready to go.Not so appealing to eat, but visually well balanced.
A chance for a quiet drink within the bowels of the market.
A chance for a quiet drink within the bowels of the market. Nicely matched decor.

18 thoughts on “Chatuchak Market, Bangkok. A Good Match.”

  1. Chatuchat market has been on my bucket list for years – now it’s on the front burner. I also love indigo and whilst living in China we spend our holidays in Sanjiang Dong village – home to making indigo dye and fabrics. It is an amazing process – best googled for full explanation. However, I purchased about 25 kilos of fabrics over my many visits. A local weaver took me to her house to show me her great-grandmothers loom – I noticed an old-looking, unfinished piece of work thrown in the corner. I asked her about it and said her grandmother had started it but passed before finishing. I asked if she would finish it for me and I would collect in a few months. She agreed once a hefty deposit was negotiated. Upon return I was stunned at the beauty and intricacy of the piece. It, along with all of the indigo fabrics, is utilised practically in my home in Far North Queensland. It is a wonderful contrast to our rain forest colloquially referred to as 1001 shades of green. Once again beautiful photo capturing our memories and inspiration of future travels. Wonderful Francesca.

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  2. You would love the Cha Cha ( locals name for it) Peter. Your indigo collection sounds amazing. I scored some nice pieces in Dali, Yunnan when I was in China and also some great bits from northern Thailand. Would love to see your special piece one day, when we come up to stay. Thanks for the lovely feedback my friend.

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    1. I did buy quite a few. Our customs only care about food products, wood, and so on. Hand woven stuff is immune from any duty. Weight is always my issue when returning from Asia.


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