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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chatuchak Weekend Market

If you've been following this blog, you know by now my obsession with markets. It's not that I love shopping. A market, particularly in Africa or Asia is a sheer sensory experience. I love the experience of being in a market, taking part in a local necessity. My friend Sharon told us not to miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market. And by the looks of the crowds it seems like no one (neither locals nor tourists) in Bangkok misses it. 

Clothing, from new to vintage to hill-tribe traditional is the main product for sale. Sections and sois of it go on forever. Other interesting sections are the live animals (fish and bugs) and of course, food stalls galore.

It was so hot, an old fashioned fan stall was a relief. Don't forget to pick up your 5 Baht ($0.15) popsicles to help cool off!

For those of you who continue to cling to your iPhone 3Gs, don't fret. They can get a make over with a new case for 100 Baht ($3.25). Here's mine, still alive, well and sporting a new cover.

Alex had a field day in this section. We had to pick her up (literally) kicking and screaming because she didn't want to leave. You can find every fish, turtle, and other fish tank inhabitants as well as accompanying accessories such as plants (real or plastic, depending on your preference) here.

Just in case you feel like you're not getting enough protein in your diet, come to the insect section. Have it your way: take them alive to cook at home or ready to eat, deep-fried. 

We skipped the bugs for some BBQ, crab fried rice and an icy fruit shake. 

Other tempting treats on offer...

Custom made soup

Hot dogs on white bread and grilled in a salamander
Squid on a stick

Fresh cut fruit, always the best snack
Fresh coconut ice cream served in a coconut shell

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