The highlight of any bangkok trip probably, or the shoppers heaven, a delight only a handful would understand, the ever so famous weekend market of Thailand, “Chatuchak”
“Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets, covering an area of 27 acres divided into 27 respective sections, containing more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. ” Excerpt from Chatuchak.org
“Chatuchak Weekend Market is a very popular shopping centre to the thais and has become so with tourists and foreigners too, with over 200,000 visitors each day(SAT-SUN), 30% being foreign. Almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price and most vendors actually come form local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs, Buddhist amulets, flowers and plants, chinese wares, dogs, cats, etc.”
Read more about Chatuchak on wiki here!
The day usually starts with us having a quick breakfast, then off to take a train down to the “Mo Chit” station, and after a little walk, we’re there!
The top view of Chatuchak from the Train.
Food and other small bites for sale.
Some fabrics and mats for ye?
Fancy some Ice SCREAM Bar?
Bargaining is a standard process when shopping with my Parents, Especially Mum, she has this, um, Gift. Gotta ask her to write a book on that someday…
Certainly, with lanes oh so narrow, and the amount of people around, gotta be careful~
Ok i will be careful of my wallet.
Yes. My Bag too.
Not wise to bargain for a cheaper coconut.
Everything here is also cheaper, and if you buy in larger quantities, you could ask for wholesale price, which makes it erm, CHEAPER!
Hmm.. Now to restock some supplies.. Wait. what?
When they say everything, they literally mean everything. Pets even!
Sab giving an impression of a Bird Assed Face.
Buyers pick and choose what they want and well, Bargain i guess!
Photos are permitted for some stalls but all prohibits you from touching the pets, in case you give them some disease or something. Was touching a puppy at one of the stalls when the owner snarled at us.
Animals here are fenced or caged up, they arent exactly treated really gently either, usually the stall owner would grab them by their necks and roughly handle them around.
Hmm.. I KNOW?!
Nope we can’t buy one, AVA in singapore has strict rules, even if we fly one back here, it has to subject to tests and regulatory measures which could take a few months!
Hamsters! or Mouses?
Yea, sorry for the blur shot, pictures were prohibited on this stall and yes. A Squirrel.
Here’s how the pets take a shower, the owner here splashes them with water then scrubs them off the top of a cage to dry.
This way, the water gets rinsed downwards so she could dry them easier with a towel.
With Sabrina’s reluctantcy to leave and whining, we left and can’t help but feel sorry for some of the pets there.
Here are some shots taken back in 2006 during our previous trip there!
Ok, on the side note, the site experienced a technical glitch when i tried to post the full post of this, so i decided to break it down into chuncks and parts instead! Sorry if it caused you suicidal tendancies! Hang tight for the next part!