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World's Coolest Bazaars: Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

Shopping at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market is akin to running a marathon—it requires preparation, endurance, and frequent water breaks. You’ve got 15,000 booths over 35 acres to cover here. But your commitment will be rewarded. As the market is largely arranged in thematic sections, it’s easy to develop a game plan for what you want to see. Check out rare orchids in the plant section or exotic lizards and snakes in the pet area, or focus in on antiques, vintage home goods, or art.

Best Buy: Well-priced funky accessories and one-of-a-kind clothing from up-and-coming designers. These modern Thai styles can be easily translated to life back home. Open weekends.



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