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

Things to prepare:

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

It’s the day I am most looking forward to and the day our legs almost break! The biggest market in Bangkok and two night markets in one night! It was planned that way as there are all within the same area, and I couldn’t make up which night markets to go. JJ Green Night market is just behind Children’s Discovery Muesum while Artbox is right at the other end of Chatuchak.

The moment we wake up, we set off for Chatuchak (also known as JJ Market). Perhaps because it was a saturday, it was quite empty when we arrived at 9+.

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 volunteer 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. And if you love coconut ice-cream, you MUST eat the coconut ice-cream there. Else, you can’t tell people you have been to Chatuchak.

Children’s Discovery Museum
Tuesdays to Sunday | 10:00am to 4:00pm | Free
Soi 4, Kamphaeng Phet Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok

This is a free playground just opposite Chatuchak Market! Something you won’t appreciate until you have a kid with you, haha! For us, it was meant to be a pit stop between the morning market and night market, for the husband to rest and the kid to run around.

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

Apparently they have a indoor educational area which we didn’t get to explore as the outdoor playgrounds were more than enough to entertain Baby E! They have plenty of space to sit, but I didn’t notice and food vendors. So prepare your own food there while the kids have fun. The only thing is that it closed at 4pm, so do head there early or simply have the hubby bring the kid(s) there while the girls shop!

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 increase 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 food stalls!

Get your caricature done hereGet 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 bandHuge seating area with live band

Outdoor beer counter by the huge seating areaOutdoor 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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