Generally, there are 11 sections in Chatchuchak:
· 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)
Map of Chatchuchak:
It opens at 9am and lasts till 6pm.
Our entrance and exit point - Entrance and Exit 3
The first sight that greeted us
Lots of tiny stalls
Pickpockets and bag-slashers are not unheard of
The zinc roof in Chatchuchak
20 baht per toy. William even asked if 10 baht was possible. She said no.
The couple was bargaining with the shop owner. The owner kept saying 'No'. Who said Chatchuchak can bargain one?
... Very obscene we thought ...
Their fizzy drink popsicles
On our way back, we saw the red t-shirt protesters all smiling, all ready for their protest exercise
Chatchuchak is hotter outside than inside when it hits noon. Although the shelter is made of zinc, the interior is hardly warm because most stall-owners have electric fans installed in their stalls, so the customers or just potential ones get to enjoy the cool air too!
However, I didn't get to stay from morn' till evening because it gets tiring after 2 or 3 hours of walking. I had the map of Chatchuchak with me because I went with the aim of visiting the home decor and furniture sections, but after a while, I abandoned the map because it got too confusing. The place was like a maze! Although the section numbers were indicated, but the placement of sections did not seem to fit with the map's most of the time. Aimless walking was exhausting!
I had read that we ought to bargain for any price we got, but the stall-owners' bargaining skills were infinitely superior than mine or their customers. They probably have more than ample opportunities to hone their bargaining skills since they are doing that every Saturday and Sunday.
Word on the internet has it that Chatchuchak opens on Friday for wholesalers so the public can visit it on Friday as well. If it happens that you are free on a Friday, you may pop by to see if it is true. However, my tour guide told me that it is only on Sunday that all the stalls are opened.