Bangkok Day 3: Chatuchak | Children’s Discovery Museum | JJ Green night market | Artbox

Chatuchak (JJ Market)

Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Things to prepare:

  • Baby carrier
  • Sunblock
  • Extra clothings/Swimwear and towel for waterplay

Chatuchak, also known as JJ Market, the biggest market in Bangkok, is one of the must-go places you have to add into your itinerary. I have been to Bangkok many times. But I never realised there is a Children’s Discovery Museum just opposite the market with a wet and dry playground!

The kind of things you realised once you have a kid lol. So in order not to bore my young gal with endless walking/shopping/bargaining, I have included the Children’s Discover Museum into our itinerary. The moment we wake up, we set off for Chatuchak. Perhaps because it was a Saturday, it was quite empty when we arrived around 9am.

Food in Chatuchak

Cheap sunglasses in Chatuchak
Cheap sunglasses!

Chatuchak is definitely not stroller-friendly, unless you intend to just browse from the main roads. It will be hard to navigate in-between the different sections. We took a backpack carrier, so Baby E will be safe and within reach. But we didn’t had to worry too much, as we came across an open massage place and Daddy E volunteered to keep Baby E with him while he do his foot massage. So the happy mommy can now shop while Daddy E gets his dose of foot therapy and Baby E gets her iPad! It was an hour of peaceful shopping, so not much photos here haha!

Chatuchak map
Chatuchak map

From the map, you can see Chatuchak is divided into sections, with focus on various items. My favourite section is Section 2-4, where you can find more trendy fashion. We contemplated going to the Pets sections (sections 8, 9, 11, 13) but it was getting sunny and Baby E was dozing off.

So is it worth going?

If you haven’t been to Chatuchak, then it should be in your itinerary, just for the experience for the largest market in Bangkok. The variety of items selling there will blow you away. From handmade crafts to local designer apparel/accessories, household items, craft items, bags, shoes and simply anything you can imagine, can be found here. Although some will argue that Platinum is a better place to shop because it is air-conditioned and you don’t have to get lost in the huge maze-like market. And if you love coconut ice-cream, you MUST eat the coconut ice-cream in Chatuchak! It is the single most important reason why I am back in Chatuchak everytime. The cold, sweet coconut ice-cream served in the baby coconut husk topped with peanuts and glutinous rice is just so heavenly. Somehow, other coconut ice-cream just don’t taste the same.

coconut ice-cream in Chatuchak
Coconut ice-cream in Chatuchak

Children’s Discovery Museum

Tuesdays to Sunday | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Free
Soi 4, Kamphaeng Phet Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok

This museum for children  has eight different sections in three buildings, providing hands on experience into science, nature, culture and society. Located just opposite Chatuchak, this is a great pit stop (or where the husbands and children can go while the ladies shop)!

Playground for younger children
Playground for younger children
Big climbing structure for bigger children
Big climbing structure for bigger children
Excavating dinosaur bones
Excavating dinosaur bones
Water Play
Water Play

I have to say, I am impressed by the scale of the playgrounds here as I was expecting a small or normal play area but there is not only a normal play area, it has a excavating sand pit, a huge rope climbing structure and a water playground! I quite regret that I didn’t bring Baby E earlier as I didn’t know they closed at 4pm. So we have only enough time to play the outdoor playgrounds and have no chance to explore the museum itself. They have plenty of space to sit, but I didn’t notice any food vendors. So prepare your own food there while the kids have fun.

So is it worth going?

For those with kid(s), it’s a great pit stop or to drop off the kid(s) while the ladies shop. For a free playground, this is more than enough to entertain for 1-2 hours.

JJ Green Night Market

Thursday to Sunday evening | 17:00 to 24:00
1 Kamphaeng Phet 3, Chatuchak, Bangkok

JJ Green Night Market is a more vintage market with more secondhand items. Most of the stalls were only starting to set up when we reached at about 6pm. And there are more mosquitoes at this night market, hence we didn’t buy much food here either. I would say this is more of a local market, I hardly see any tourist. And it’s very different from Talad Neon and Rod Fai, which are more modern and organised.

So is it worth going?

If I can only go to one night market in this area, then I will choose Artbox, which has better ambience and cool variety of foods. JJ Green is more for people who love vintage and local scenes that you won’t get to see at the other night markets. What we didn’t like was the obvious amount of flies around the food and even clothes. So if you have sensitive stomach, eat with caution.

Artbox Chatuchak

Friday – Sunday | 12pm – 11pm | Chatuchak until April 2017

Currently the most popular pop-up night market in Bangkok and this current location at Chatuchak will last until April 2017. It’s not hard to tell why it’s so popular, with its well-decorated venue, clean and well-organised containers and cool variety of instagram-worthy food stalls!

Get your caricature done here
Get your caricature done here
Puff smoke out with this candy!
Puff smoke out with this candy!
Juicy beef tenderloin at 180 baht!
Juicy beef tenderloin at 180 baht!
Grilled seafood
Grilled seafood
Honey Lime soda
Honey Lime soda
Huge seating area with live band
Huge seating area with live band
Outdoor beer counter by the huge seating area
Outdoor beer counter by the huge seating area

It’s a more “atas” night market when they serve more unique food stuff and artsy corner where you can get henna painting or caricature. They also have a huge seating area with live band and we managed to down a beer there before Baby E asked to go back to hotel haha!

So is it worth going?

Yes, definitely if Chatuchak is already in your itinerary. But if you are going to JJ night market, it will be quite a walk to the Artbox. And JJ market is not exactly near any roads that you can simply hail a taxi or tuk tuk. So, if I were to plan again, I will only go to Artbox and skip JJ night market.



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