Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chatuchak Weekend Market


If you like to shop and are willing to bargain, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the place to be. This mega place is the largest market in Thailand and has an estimated 250,000 people visiting it each day on the weekend. With over 15,000 stalls, there's bound to be something to suit your fancy. Admire the antiques and teak furniture, become overwhelmed by the sheer number of Buddha figures in the souvenirs/handicrafts sections, sift through the racks of cheap clothing, and gaze at the beauty of the tropical plants.

For the animal lovers, there are whole sections for you. Pamper your pooch in style, with studded collars, clothing, beds, and toys. Don't have a pet? Pick up a furry puppy, kitten, rabbit, rat, or slippery turtle. For those preferring creatures that swim, you have a huge section selling all sorts of fish and aquarium equipment. Watch your step around the crowded walkways, as you might otherwise step on a plastic bag containing fish. Even bird lovers are not left out, with plenty of tropical and other birds. Be on the lookout for the trade of endangered species though.

Tired from all that shopping? Lots of food places are scattered throughout, whether you are looking for street food or to sit in an air-conditioned restaurant and sip a beer in comfort.

Even a visitor can get a much better deal than in other places with just a bit of bargaining and a smile. Prices can easily be 50% higher in touristy shops. So have a go and bring your cash and a smile!

1 comment:

Bibi said...

Well, let's see....I'll make Bibi the fashion plate of Belgrade, buy myself an Obama shirt, and take some of those gorgeous blossoms home. What a place!!!