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If shopping were a sport, a day at Chatuchak would qualify as running a marathon. Or 10. This Saturday and Sunday market to the north of central Bangkok (though easily reached on the Skytrain) is the largest in Asia. Its 15,000 stalls spread over 27 acres welcome 400,000 shoppers every weekend. Chatuchak (pronounced Ja-tu-jak) sells everything you could imagine from t-shirts to handicrafts. Smart shoppers devise a strategy in advance, sticking as closely as possible to a plan—even if it will inevitably be disrupted as one-of-a-kind finds grab your attention. The numerous food stands around the market provide opportunities to refuel with a bowl of fiery tom yam soup, coconut ice cream served in a coconut shell, or other delicious Thai specialties.
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