Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market: The second time

The Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market is the largest market in Thailand and is more commonly called J.J. Being about 30 years old, this market is massive and as the name suggests, most of the stalls are open on the weekend (9am to 6pm). With more than 15,000 stalls within the market, it would take half or the whole day to cover this expansive marketplace.
Tip: Get a map of the market. It can be downloaded online or or you can get it when you exit the MRT station or at Chatuchak Information Center. [10 Useful Shopping Tips for Chatuchak Weekend Market]
As we took a taxi for this trip, we ended up at another entrance of the market. So we had to cross an overhead bridge to get there. It was a hot and humid morning, but the market was not that crowded at around 9 in the morning.

Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
The view from the overhead bridge
Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
The entrance which we entered the market

As we already knew (more or less) what we wanted to get, we just targeted the areas that we wanted to get our stuff from. So this time, it was more of the inner stalls that were sheltered selling aroma therapy and souvenirs such as shirts and and bags.

[Our first trip to Chatuchak Market]

Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
The shops located further in, in the sheltered portion of the market
Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
Pretty lights
Not much of a crowd in the morning
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Watches galore!
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It gets pretty hot and stuffy inside the aisles as air ventilation is not that fantastic, but there are a couple of stalls that have their own fans or even air-conditioning. So walking past those stalls are a nice reprieve from the stagnant air. Despite the heat, we did manage to find a few bargains and were very satisfied with our buys. We could have walked more, but after 2-3 hours meandering the aisles with little air ventilation we need to get some fresh air.

To navigate our way to get to the center of the market, I actually used Pokemon Go! Turns out that the Clock Tower, which is at the center of the market, is a Gym. 😂😂😂

Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
The center of the market and where most of the 'action' is.
Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market
Lunch! Happened to come across the same stall (as 3 years ago) and decided to have lunch. 😋

[Our first trip to Chatuchak Market

With our tummies filled and happy, we decided to shop one last round before heading back to the hotel. We even had the much raved coconut ice-cream (and this time I remembered to press the record button!) to cool off before making our way back. There was a little issue when we tried getting a taxi back to the hotel, but that is a story for another day.

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