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Another one of the many cool things about getting AirBnB’s as opposed to renting hotel rooms is that the Hosts (being locals) will almost always offer suggestions on things to do. Indeed many of then are ‘tourist traps BUT it is also a good indication of what THEY believe out-of-towners might like to do.
The Chatuchak Market was a suggestion on the list from our current host. She’s a really cool lady and we were able to meet her son and daughter when we got the keys. I love when that happens!
I checked out the website for Chatuchak market: http://www.chatuchakmarket.org/
Its an easy BTS ride over to Mo Chit. Mo Chit is “the end of the line” of the Silom Line BTS train. Getting there in the 5pm-ish hour from Thong Lo (Sukhumvit Line) was busy with packed trains until about the last 3-4 stops but the result was what we wanted: we got to our destination in the exact time we scheduled. Crowded streets in Bangkok yield a less than favorable result when using Grab/Uber to replace BTS.
So, on a Friday evening we made our way to the Chatuchak Market. Now, the website does make reference to the “busiest mall in the whole world” based upon the attendance of 200,000+ people on the weekends SO, since we are here on a Friday I’m not going to debate their marketing claims.
Apparently Fridays are “wholesale” days. So, in my mind, I’m thinking, “This day, the prices will be lower and the opportunity to buy things in bulk at even great discounts is available”… Well, I cannot really make that statement.
Gracie and I bought a few shirts and pants (pajama-bottom-like light weight pants) for a few hundred Baht. But, as an example, the shirt + shorts outfit that was 350 THB at the Gateway Mall outdoor market was 450 THB at this one store. The woman would not bargain. 350? No. 400? No. Ok, whatever, 450 is *not* a wholesale price.
As far as the “the biggest” anything, I honestly thing the “Kobey’s Swapmeet” thing at the Sports Area is larger… well, certainly close. Anyway, the best result was that Gracie got to see plates full of cooked bugs for sale from on of the street vendors. I was very surprised that a Filipina had never seen that. Once again, giving me more learning opportunities and smiles.
Its a good life on so many levels. Hope you enjoy the video.
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