on July 9, 2006
Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok offers an incredible array of items, from clothing, hand-painted ceramics, and food to antiques, jewelry, and pets. Bargaining is important, since the pricing structure anticipates it, and while it is not something many Westerners may be accustomed to, it is part of the sport. The market is huge, as these things go--around 35 acres. There are several "streets" to walk down within the market and then narrow alleys undercover. The market's human traffic count is estimated at more than 200,000 per day, and it can be a very hot and humid place to spend your time, but very interesting, too. In addition to the typical stall sales, you'll find some sellers hawking their wares with the aid of small public address systems or colorful costumes. If you are in Bangkok on a weekend, the Chatuchak market is one place that you don't want to miss. It is very convenient to the Skytrain.
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