Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest market in Thailand. Originally it was 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. At Chatuchak, over 5,000 stalls vie for business, selling everything from clothing to pets, antiques, plants, amulets, and plenty of food and drink. The market is now frequented by tourists and is no longer dirt cheap, but it is still a great place to people watch and find something you don't have to buy. Make an impromptu stop at a cafe to sip a cappuccino or have a cold beer and watch the world go by.
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Early Morning Market
In Chatuchak Market you can find almost anything for sale; it's a must-do for any traveler. Even under the vast tarps that shade the market, it can get hot so go early in the morning to beat the sun. Another bonus of going early: I got to see the market setting up, which was an interesting peek into how Thai vendors create such a space. Of course in Thailand the setup includes giving alms to passing monks as well.