Despite being in Thailand for over two weeks, we had yet to see any major tourist attractions until spending the day at Thailand's biggest "weekend" market. Rumored to be the largest market in Asia (at least by Thai boosters), this shopping behemoth boasts 15,000 stalls covering over 35 acres.
While shops line the open-air walkways (shown above), the bulk of the shopping is done in what appear to be independent semi-permanent structures grouped so closely together that they feel indoors.
If you can't find what you are looking for somewhere in this market, chances are that it doesn't exist. We only covered a fraction of the stores in our brief 5 hour excursion into its depths, and along the way saw everything from clothing/textiles to furniture/home decor to baby bunnies and pet accessories. One of our favorite genres was hand-made tableware and china.
Of course no Thai shopping trip would be complete without a delicious lunch to refuel, and various food stalls and ad hoc restaurants sprinkle the market. You tend to stumble upon them rather than seek them out.
We left the market eager to return. Today's haul included:
- One flat cushion for Paul's standing desk (wood floors are hard on the feet)
- The next season of our show (DVDs here are discounted and "released early")
- Some plants for the condo!
Look for those plants in next week's blog post; we're putting the finishing touches on the condo and can't wait to share pictures of the new digs :).