on May 18, 2011
Chatuchak Weekend Market .With this market in the city , one would always have something fun to do on the weekend.When I first heard how huge it is , I thought of chaos....It is unbelievably huge . It contains more than 15 000 shops and stalls, has over 200 000 visitors each day but it is surprisingly so well organized .. If you walk left or right it's same stuff....eg shoes...shoes and more shoes . Walk straight ahead and you get to a different category....like shirts etc....so simple really.There is a huge range of products on sale and bargaining is expected .There are household accessories, handicrafts, art, antiques, books, music, clothes, food, plants and flowers etc...Don't worry there are lots of places fro food and drinks...and I never felt crowded even though there are so many people.9.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and SundayWe had lots of fun and as usual bought too much....To get there simply take the Skytrain to the end terminal called Morchit which is exactly where the market is located.Wat PhoIf you arrive in Bangkok at the end of your Thailand trek and think you have seen more than enough Buddha's ....muster up enough excitement and go see this one. Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon as it is generally known to the Thais, is famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. It is a favorite with the locals and a must see. It is even larger than I imagined and quite amazing.It is a gold plated reclining Buddha , 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration.There are more than 1000 Buddha images in total on the grounds of Wat Pho , most from the ruins of the former capitals Ayuthaya and Sukhothai.Wat Pho is also famous as Thailand's first university, and is center for traditional Thai massage . If you want to experience traditional Thai massage, this is one of the best place available . It costs 150B for 30 mins, 250B for an hour .Entrance is 20B. It's open every day, opening hours are from 08.00am to 5.00pm, with a break from 12.00pm to 1.00pm. .
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