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Originally a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in Thailand, Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the... Read More
Originally a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in Thailand, Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest market in Thailand. Over 5000 stalls vie for business, selling everything from clothing to pets, antiques, plants, amulets, and plenty of food and drink. The market is now a highly touristed affair, hot, crowded, and no longer dirt cheap, yet it is still a great place to people watch, find something you don't have to buy, and the latest addition of impromptu cafes for sipping a cappuccino or having a cold beer and watching the world go by make it worth an afternoon.
- Free Things to Do, Holiday Attractions, Outdoor Activities: "The back section of the market is probably the most interesting, as fairly illegal things such as cockfighting and various animal (some endangered some not) species are to be found, but don't get too pointy with your camera back here, as the merchants may be suspicious of your motives."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: For great people watching and an amazing variety of goods, Chatuchak is a Bangkok institution.
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: For great shopping and people watching, Chatuchak is one of Bangkok's premier attractions, and at its best in the cool season.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: For Bangkok's top outdoor (and overall) shopping experience, Chatuchak Market is one of a kind.