EXPLORING – chatuchak market

Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the largest market in Thailand and the world’s largest weekend market – it’s big. Apparently it’s frequently called JJ market – this info would have been real handy when I was waiting for the bus and a friendly Thai women was pointing to another bus that said JJ market (as if that was the only place a foreigner would travel to by bus). But I had no clue what JJ market was, so I just stood and waited some more.

The market covers over 35 acres and contains more than 15,000 stalls and 200,000 visitors each day. It is crazy crowded and very easy to get lost in. I ended up wandering around the strange sad pet area for way too long.

The market offers a wide variety of products including household items, clothing, Thai handicrafts, religious artifacts, collectibles, foods, and the aforementioned live animals. There is just about everything you can imagine – a true shoppers paradise. What did I buy you ask? Nothing of course – I am at the very beginning of my trip after all. 

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Chatuchak Park is one of the oldest public parks in Bangkok and is conveniently located right next to the market. It is a beautiful spot to escape to when the market just gets to be too much. Just grab a bag of pineapple or some meat on a stick, and relax a bit before the next round of shopping.

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Bangkok has been interesting, but it’s time to see the countryside. Off to the Surin Elephant Project for a week of volunteering. Stay tuned for what’s sure to be an amazing tale.

Thanks for reading!

-Rene

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