1 of 1000: Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok

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Tasty street food

Although we have seen the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok on our last trip to Thailand in 2010, we couldn’t help going there again. So I guess I take out all the suspense by telling you that this is a place that is truly worth being one of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die.

One of the most special markets we’ve seen so far

So why is the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok different than any other of the countless night, weekend or normal markets in Bangkok or Thailand for that matter? I guess just the size of it alone (5,000 stalls and 200,000 visitors each day) is reason enough to make this a place to visit on your trip to Bangkok.

And it’s not only the size that really impresses. In the Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is only open on saturdays and sundays, you can buy anything.

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Funny keyboard shoes

And when I say anything I really mean ANYTHING. Starting from the typical shirts and clothes up to silverware, art, furniture and flowers there really isn’t anything you won’t find there.

We especially enjoy going to the pet section of Chatuchak, where you can buy all kind of dogs, cats, urchins and squirrels. Unfortunately there also seems to be some trade going on with animals that are on the list of endangered species which is really a shame. Apparently the police can’t really do anything because the market is so big that as soon as they arrive at one end, someone will warn the illegal traders on the other end of the market (this is of course a problem in addition to the bribery).

All in all you could spend a whole day in the market, wandering through the narrow allies of the mostly roofed market. And compared to our last visit here, now the people actually let us shop instead of hassling you to buy something with the usual “Hello, my friend”.

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They offer urchins and other animals

We saw so many pretty and cool things, but since we don’t want to be carrying the stuff around for the next few months, we actually ended up buying only a few small things.

This belongs on the list

In our travels we has seen lots of markets and some of them were even on the list of 1000 Places To See Before You Die, like the Ben Thanh Market in Saigon. Compared to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, all those markets seem small and pretty common. The sheer number of products and size makes this one of the greatest markets in the world. So yes, the Chatuchak Weekend Market belongs on the list.

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