I'm planning a shopping trip to Bangkok with a few girlfriends. what is a nice but reasonably priced hotel to stay in and is it true that the chatuchak (or something) market is only there on weekends?
There's a huge selection of hotels in Bangkok covering every budget. Le Fenix or Dream on Sukhumvit are both good but it depends on what you mean by reasonably priced? They're very reasonable compared to European prices but you can definitely get cheaper in Bangkok.
Chatuchak market is open at weekends, although certain parts of it open at certain times during the week. If you want the whole experience go on a Saturday or Sunday with plenty of energy!