Chatuchak Weekend Market
Saving the biggest for last, there is the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand.
Don’t visit this one if you have no stamina or if you don’t like crowds! A daily average count of shoppers is 200,000 with 30% of them tourists/visitors. This market is so big, it is divided into 27 sections. You can get a free map to help you navigate your shopping trip! It is open 6 to 6 on Saturdays and Sundays. and there are banks on site as it is mostly a cash venue. Common sense by now would tell you to prepare for at least a half day of walking by dressing comfortably with sun protection, wearing sturdy shoes, packing bottles of water, and not carrying exorbitant amounts of cash at any time.
You can buy most anything here and, like any market, you can get a bargain as the prices are geared to local shoppers. Be prepared to bargain as it is expected. So, what do you want to take home with you? Hand carved items, silks, pottery, amulets, furniture …
As with all shopping, it is buyer beware, “antiques” may not be old, and some items may be unmarked factory seconds – and don’t be tempted to purchase an exotic pet. Just have fun visiting the largest outdoor market in the world!