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April 19, 2011
Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
September 14, 2010
From journal 4 busy days in Bangkok
June 14, 2008
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
January 11, 2008
From journal Shopping in Bangkok
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
May 2, 2007
From journal Bangkok Sightseeing
by Jim Rosenberg
July 9, 2006
From journal Bangkok: A Safe & Economical Intro to Asia!
December 6, 2005
Chatuchak is a charming place for shopping galore and great bargains. Touted as the world's largest open-air weekend flea market, this place is not for the faint-hearted. The easiest way to reach Chatuchak market is via the Skytrain. Drop by Mo Chit station and follow the streaming crowd to the entrance.
For Chartuchak virgins, you are highly recommended to brave yourself for mad bargaining, rubbing with sweaty bodies and exhilarating discovery. The best way to beat the heat is to arrive in early morning, when the heat is still bearable and the throbbing crowd has not yet arrived. Shoppers are encouraged to dress in shorts and sleeveless tops to get around the lack of changing rooms. Chatuchak is segmented into different areas, in theory at least: fashion and apparel, housing, vintage, pets, etc. In practice, it is probably hard to maneuver from spot to spot, and the best bet is to bargain for your best buy rather than with the hope that you can go back and find the same shop.
Most items are negotiable, and as a start, slash the price in half and bargain your way slowly up. Most owners are armed with doses of conversational English, but the calculator will prove to be your universal language. My advice is to bring a electronic portable fan and water bottle and enjoy the endless haggling. There are 199 baht items everywhere, but do not be overwhelmed by the good price your exchange rate fetches you initially. I was overwhelmed by the 25 baht earrings and 150 baht top I've acquired, but I soon learned that even 100 baht for a T-shirt can be bargained down further. Most items quoted are negotiable, even with big display signs. The trick is to buy in bulk and leave the shop without hesitation if you do not fetch the price you fancy. If the owner stops you with a discounted price, that's probably a good price you have fetched. If not, the quoted price is probably too low for profit margins. Go with a pack of fellow shoppers and buy in bulk and you will get a good price. Otherwise, threaten to leave. It's either we buy 10 or 0.
Shops close in the evening, so do make full use of your time there to haggle after cheap buys. Beware, though, Bangkok has a fascination with pirated goods. All things can be duplicated here, and there's no such thing as an original at weekend markets.
From journal Bangkok - Cultural & Shopping Melting Pot
San Luis Obispo, California
July 28, 2005
From journal Thailand... sanuk!
San Francisco, California
March 29, 2006
Save all of your shopping for this place. It is awesome! It is like many Flea Market's here in the states (the San Jose, CA Flea Market comes to mind), however, it it HUGE (at least two times the size) with smaller booths. You can buy anything from faux handbags and sun glasses, to faux antiques, Thai silk, linen, tablecloths, pillow shams, art, clothing, all the tourist stuff your heart desires, furniture, and lamps. New and Used.
Directions: Simply take the Skytrain to the end terminal, called Morchit, which is exactly where the market is located.
From journal Thailand is Amazing!
January 7, 2006
From journal Chatuchak Market