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Thứ Bảy, 24 tháng 9, 2011

Bangkok 2011 - Chatuchat Market

If there is one thing I am envious about Bangkok, it is the Chatuchat Market. Bangkokians are so lucky to have this market right at their doorstep. You can literally get anything under the sky here - from pets like dogs and cats, to even snakes and lizards - you name it and there is bound to be a stall here selling it.

The actual size of the market is difficult to ascertain – some say 27 acres, others 35 - and some say 8,000 stalls, others 15,000 ! One thing is for sure – this must be the biggest weekend market in the World. About 200,000 people visit the market every Saturday and Sunday.

The stalls are quite small, but most of the shops take up multiple stalls. To really buy anything at the market, you have to know what you are looking for. It is so huge that back-tracking is to be avoided at all costs. Most likely you won’t be able to find the shop again anyway.

The market is conveniently divided into different sections selling different products. If you are going there for the first time, it is best to carry a map. Other useful tips:

Go in the mornings when it is cooler. By 2.00 p.m. it gets unbearably hot.

The market opens on Saturdays and Sundays. There is no point in getting there too early, as most shops open around 9.00 to 9.30 a.m.

Bring a shopping trolley with you - you will feel much better being able to drags your purchases rather then carry them around. Some people even bring whole suitcases.

Bring cash - most of the shops will only accept cash. There are however some ATMs around, but they may not accept your cards.

Chatuchat has many great small corners for a quick meal or snack. You will not go hungry here.

Sit down for a break whenever you get tired and drink lots of water.

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