This colossal mall has become a tourist destination in its own right. Swedish and other languages can be heard as much as Thai, and on any given weekend half of Bangkok can be found here combing through an inexhaustible range of small stalls and shops. This is the cheapest place to buy mobile phones and accessories (4th floor) and name-brand knock-offs (nearly every other floor). It's also one of the better places to stock up on camera gear (ground floor and 5th floor), and the expansive food court (6th floor) is one of the best in town.
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Chatuchak Weekend Market
Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak Weekend Market seems to unite everything buyable, from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels. JJ, as it’s also known, is the ideal place to finally pick up those gifts for people back home, not to mention a pretty item or two for your own home. The market is roughly divided into thematic sections, the best guide to these being Nancy Chandler’s Map of Bangkok. Because Chatuchak is a Thai institution, food also plays a significant role, and there are numerous drinks and snack vendors, and several good restaurants on the outside edges of the market. Plan to spend a full day, as there’s plenty to see, do and buy. But come early, ideally around 9am to 10am, to beat the crowds and the heat.
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A haute couture catwalk, Gaysorn has
spiralling staircases, all-white halls and mouthfuls of top-name designers. The 2nd floor
‘Urban Street Chic’ zone is a crash course in the local fashion industry. Start
chronologically with Fly Now and
Senada Theory, and then visit the young
fabric wizards, like the boudoir-inspired flounces of Stretis and a little bit of
everything at Fashion Society, an umbrella
store for smaller domestic labels. Stores on the 3rd floor offer the same level of
sophistication for your home. The open-air D&O
Shop is the first retail venture of an organisation created to
encourage awareness of Thai design abroad.
Triphum has mock Sukhothai-era ceramics,
lacquerware scripture chests and other high-quality Asian reproductions.
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Uniting urban cowboys, hip-hoppers, wannabe mods and pissed-off punks, this
expansive outdoor market is a virtual melting pot of Bangkok youth subculture. The
original emphasis was on vehicles, and you can still find heaps of vintage Vespas and
Lambrettas, Volkswagens and Austin Minis for sale or show betwixt quirky T-shirts, used
sneakers and modern antiques.
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