Chatuchak Weekend Market – Shop and Eat (Halal Food)

Ones who have visited Bangkok would usually not miss this place in their itinerary: the enormous (literally) Chatuchak weekend market (also so called Jatujak or JJ market). With the area of about 28 acres (about 11 hectare) and around 10,000 stalls (some say 15,000 stalls and it seems no one ever knows the exact number), Chatuchak weekend market claims itself as the biggest market in the country and one of the world’s largest weekend markets. Check what you can get in this market next to Chatuchak park, how to get there, some useful advises from friends, and most importantly, where to eat (halal food) in this busy market.

What you can get here. In this market, basically you can get anything you want and many things you don’t even want. The simple list of stuff you can buy here includes books (this is the main reason for me to go to this market), handicrafts, antiques & collectibles, clothing (new and used), accessories, plants, gardening tools, pets, furniture, art & gallery, ceramics, souvenirs, foods, drinks, and even massage and spa for fatigued tourists. So you wish to buy Thai benjarong? Or army pants and shoes? Or a dictionary of any language? Or a kitten? Just go to this one stop shopping market. They are there.

Precautions. Here are some useful advises collected from local friends and foreign friends who’ve aver visited this notoriously crowded and hot market:

  1. Better not to bring your bag (handbag or backpack) as fast-hand pickpockets can operate at any time. Though Thailand is basically a secure place to stay, but there always a rotten apple in the barrel. Not to scare you off, but once a friend was too late to find that his bag was sliced open with a sharp tool and some of his stuffs were gone when he visited the market.
  2. Leave your valuable things at home and bring money separated in two parts, better at your front pockets, not back pocket. Fast-hands thieves usually approach from behind.
  3. Chatuchak weekend market can be hot and humid, so better to visit this market early in the morning or late afternoon (weekend market opens from 6 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday).
  4. Leave your expensive shoes at home and wear a comfortable pair of sandals as in case of rain, some parts of the market can be soaked with water up to your ankle.
  5. Bargaining is a must in most stalls. Some say to bargain up to 30% than offered price, but trying 50% in some cases is acceptable. Some sellers use the fixed price system so bargaining is not expected.
  6. This market is visited by somewhere around 200,000 to 300,000 people per day in the weekend. So for first-timer in this market, it is suggested to hand a market map that is provided in the tourist police office or information center office as it is easy to get lost in the soi of the market (don’t be too worry if you get lost inside the soi (small alley) without the map though; just get out to the main road, walk through it and you’ll find the main gate if not the smallish way out from the market).
  7. Smoking in this area is prohibited. Fine is as serious as 2,000 baht (it is better to spend it on books, cloths or handicraft, isn’t it?).

How to get there. The easiest way to go to this market is by BTS/skytrain and MRT. If you take BTS, stop at Mo Chit station. For MRT, you can stop at Chatuchak Park station or Kamphaengpetch station. If you get off at the latter, you’ll surface just inside the market from the underground station. See the route of MRT and BTS/skytrain below.

Bangkok Sytrain and MRT Route Map

Bangkok Sytrain and MRT Route Map

Where to eat halal food. Check out the market map below. Green dots represent the location of the halal foods.

chatuchak-market-weekend-map

chatuchak-market-weekend-map

  1. ‘Saman Islam’ food vendor. This food stall inside soi 24 offers wide options of food from buriyani rice with chicken, tom yam, to various kinds of noodle menus. Khun Fatima is the owner as well as the one in charge in her food stall. This is the only vendor offers serious food (rice and noodle based food) where others offer snacks and medium meals.
  2. Ramazan Doner kebab. It offers turkey style kebab. It seems that turkey foods receive a good recognition in the market as the ‘turkish ice cream’ stall (run by a native Turkish guy, I suppose) is just across to this kebab stall. There are two options for the kebab: chicken and beef.
  3. Chicken hotdog (sate ayam in local name) and ‘teh tarik’ stall are side by side here. Both food and drink stalls are run by southern Thailand Muslim folks.
  4. Ramazan Doner kebab. Another branch of number 2.
  5. Chicken hotdog and ‘oho’. The one so called ‘oho’ is basically chicken and beef meatballs barbeques. It’s yummy, I have to tell.

Please check the picture of each of halal food vendors mentioned above.

1. ‘Saman Islam’ food stall


2. Ramazan Doner kebab

Ramazan Doner Kebab

3. Chicken hotdog (sate ayam in local name) and ‘teh tarik’ stall


4. Ramazan Doner kebab


5. Chicken hotdog and ‘oho’


That’s all about Chatuchak weekend market. Check also the gallery of Chatuchak weekend market below and the ‘Chatuchak Weekend Market’, ‘Chatuchak Weekend Market, Other Ways to Get Some Baht’ and ‘Chatuchak Park’ photo galleries in the nearby postings and get idea what Chatuchak weekend market and park are before you get there.

See also: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Other Ways to Get Some Baht – Photo Gallery and Chatuchak Park – Gallery

Wassalam.

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~ by syafnee on February 14, 2010.

25 Responses to “Chatuchak Weekend Market – Shop and Eat (Halal Food)”

  1. thanks for the list of halal food outlets at chatuchak…i thought that Saman is the only one…going to Bangkok for second time this coming friday

    addy
    Kuala Lumpur

  2. Salam, i get a lot info from this blog..18/06/2010..It will be my 1st time to Bangkok huhu..a bit worry for the last chaos happen there but hope all would be fine..feel free to skype with me..hope can share more info with you..thanks..azira_tslines

    • wa’alaykum salam. glad to know that this blog helps. well, BKK is all fine now and expect to see this normality further. have a good trip to BKK!
      wassalam,
      Syaf – currrently in Samudera Shipping Line BKK

  3. thanks dude !! this really helping me for my trip on this saturday!!

    juanthegarage.blogspot.com

  4. my company will organize a trip to bangkok and this place is one of the best market to visit.

    thank you so much for those information and pictures. actually the pictures help me lot to understand and know more about chatuchak

  5. very helpfull…. thanks a lot ;)

  6. Thank you so much for the useful info.. I’m going next week..;-)

  7. Thank you Bro for your helpful info. Flying off to Bangkok this afternoon. My worries are the pickpockets and my girlfriend will get lost from me.

  8. Assalamualaikum!
    Thanks for the information, I’m relieved I don’t have to go on hunger streak on my trip to Chatchuchak next month (hehe!). Alhamdulillah! You’re too awesome!

    • wa’laikumsalam wwb. no prob, bro/sis.. Thai said ‘mai pen rai’ (it’s ok). enjoy your JJ trip and beware of pickpockets there (precaution hehehe)
      wasswwb

  9. Thanks a lot for the info.. flying off to Bangkok on this coming Friday.. Hopefully everything will be fine InshaAllah :)..

  10. Hai, Asslm.wrwb.
    I really like to read ur blog. I got information about BKk and JJ market from ur blog. Thanks a lot.
    I’ve had visit Bkk twice. I love this city. I went everywhere by BTS (public transportation) no need to worry :) please bcarefull while asking to use Tuktuk.
    I love visit JJ Market. I visit JJ Market at Friday at 9 am. The stall/kios still close. At 10 am, some stall already open. I wasn’t good in bargain. So, I just enjoy wacthing the things. There were some tourist visit JJ at Friday. I was feel comfort bcos I can see a lot of good stuff and there weren’t lot of people. the moslem restaurant was close. They open on sat.
    On Sat morning, I visit JJ Market again. OMG there were lot of people, so crowded and so hot. I didn’t get my lunch at Saman Food bcos there were a lot of people, half with Indonesian. Oneday I’ll try Saman Food stall.
    Ok, this is my stories while visit JJ Market..
    Wassalam..
    Rierie
    Tangerang – Indonesia

    • wa’alaykum salam wwb. yes sister, the shops will all open on saturday an sunday only. On friday, just some of them open. if it’s too hot, you can go down to MRT station of Kampheng Phet for a moment. air condition will fresh you up. thanks for sharing, anyway…

  11. assalamu’alaikum, bro
    apakabar nih?
    ane ada tinggalkan pesan via email (perihal barang).
    sudah terima bro?
    kalau boleh tolong kontak ane yah via email

    salam
    eky

  12. terima kasih..blog ini byk membantu..keep it up..

  13. Wow, you have an awesome blog. Nice photographs too. I live in Bangkok and, although I’m not Muslim, I’ve eaten at most of these places you mention many times. Like you say, they’re all excellent.

  14. Asalamualaikum, menurut dari berita situasi di bangkok memanas? Apakah aman ke sana pada tanggal 20 Desember ini? Thanx mohon infonya.

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