During my search for delicious Thai food I decided to go to a local outdoor market and see what kind of food and goods they had to offer. I woke up early on Saturday morning and hopped on the Sky Train to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. This is apparently the place to go and do some shopping with the locals. On my way I did a quick search online and found that it has over 15,000 shops and merchants selling everything from clothing to food to fine art to pets to souvenirs to even some very expensive antiques.
As soon as you get off the train you can see a bustling center of culture and commerce. Thousands of little canopy covered “stores” are set up and ready to sell you almost anything you can think of. I headed into this large bazaar and instantly became disoriented, turned around and pretty much lost. As I explored (tried to find a way out), I thought that this is a great way to keep people walking around and looking at items.
The air is hot and steamy and all the shoppers are packed shoulder to shoulder in some spots. I believe pickpockets attempted to liberate me from my phone and wallet on at least two occasions. Brindza travel trip #37: keep your valuables zipped up like I did and you can avoid becoming a victim. I spent about eight hours looking at all of the stands including the pet area where you can buy everything from cute puppies and kittens to giant snakes, baby monkeys, and mini piglets.
By far, my favorite part was “haggling” the price with the shop owners. It’s a fun game to play and I think they were enjoying it as much as I was. I picked up a few souvenirs for friends and family back home and got back on the train for the ride to my local residence. I’ll definitely need to spend another day there because there’s no way to see all that the Chatuchak Weekend Market has to offer in just 8 hours.