Lonely Planet Writer

You’ll soon be able to stay overnight beside Thailand’s famous Chatuchak market

A new hotel will open in 2020 beside Thailand’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, which is great news for the thousands of visitors that are drawn to the enormous market every weekend. Chatuchak has been running since 1942, and it is one of Asia’s biggest markets with approximately 8000 stalls in 27 sections.

Best Western has revealed plans to open a 168-room hotel adjacent to the market and Kampang Phet MRT subway station, in conjunction with newly-formed Thai real estate company, JJ Siam Pattana Co., Ltd. As well as being close to Mo Chit BTS skytrain station and Bangkok’s elevated highway network, the hotel’s close proximity to Bangkok’s low-cost terminal, Don Mueang International Airport, is expected to make it attractive to travellers looking for affordable weekend shopping breaks.

The market was previously called Phahonyothin Market, and changed its name to Chatuchak Weekend Market in 1987. Its distinctive clock tower landmark was built the same year on the occasion of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th birthday. It sells nine kinds of goods, including plants, antiques, food and drink, fresh and dry food, ceramics, furniture and home decor, clothing and books.

“Chatuchak Market has long been one of Thailand’s most popular visitor attractions and a thriving retail hub for locals and tourists alike,” said Olivier Berrivin of Best Western. “Until now however, the thousands of visitors who flock to Chatuchak every weekend had no reputed local place to stay.We are delighted to be able to change all that!”

It sounds like this hotel will be a good base for travellers wishing to shop while immersing themselves in authentic Thai culture.

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