Chatuchak Weekend Market / Bangkok
This is in every tourist guide for Bangkok: The legendary Chatuchak Weekend Market. Even though it is no secret I really have to say that it is worth seeing – and shopping! It can be roughly divided into 11 categories: clothing and accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26), handicrafts (sections 8-11), ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25), furniture and home decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8), food and beverages (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27), plants and gardening tools (sections 3, 4), art and gallery equipment (section 7), pets and pet accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13), books (sections 1, 27), antiques and collectibles (sections 1, 26) plus miscellaneous and vintage clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26). There are some things you should keep in mind:
1. Arrive early and prepared: You will probably spend a lot of time on that market so wear comfortable shoes that may become dirty, have some secure places on your body for your money (cash only is recommendable – be aware that 200 000 visitors attract pickpockets as well) and arrive at 9 am the latest (attend to the temperature and the crowd that will invade the market during the day).
2. Know your way: you can take the Skytrain or a taxi but you should always keep a card of your hotel with you.
3. Stick to the rules: do not throw anything onto the ground (it will cost you 1000 baht – to be paid immediately!), don’t talk about the royals (this topic is so sensitive – better not talk about it at all!) and do not buy anything illegal (no fake products, no exotic dead animals or alike).
4. Don’t get lost: agree on a meeting point in case you get lost or separated. And don’t panic… You will find the way.
5. Enjoy the 8000 booths…
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