If you are in Bangkok on the weekend, don't miss your opportunity to visit Chatuchak Weekend Markets. Get on the Skytrain and go to Mo Chit station, then follow the signs. Or you can take the Metro there (the Metro station is right next to the market and closer than the Skytrain). The markets are absolutely enormous, and they sell everything under the sun. Absolutely everything. Leave companions who hate crowds at the hotel .
My TOP TIP is for males who wear boxer shorts: buy some from the vendors who sit on the pavement with suitcases full of them; most of them are tasteful striped cotton designs. In Australia in a department store it generally costs about $AUD20+ for a pair of boxers; at Chatuchak I bought them at 3 pairs for 100 baht! That's just over $1 each. They are just as good as the Australian ones, and one pair even has a "modesty mesh" usually seen in swimming trunks. I wish I had bought many more pairs as it would have set me up for life.
SIZE WARNING: I am pretty slim and wear size 32 jeans, and M-size boxers from Australia (I think they go up to something like XXL or migher even higher?). But I had to buy XL-size Chatuchak boxers. They were the largest size available. One vendor even charged me a bit extra for XL. Incidentally, on our earlier travels, at the Robinson Department Store near Central Pier (Taksin Skytrain) after I bought I Thai SIM card for my BlackBerry so I could make cheap local calls, I bought a nice pair of XXL boxers in a cheery pink and white check pattern for about $3. XXL was the largest size available.They fit me fine, maybe just a tad parachute-like around the legs. Are there no larger sizes in Thailand? Is everyone skinny? Or do fuller figures wear briefs? I can't work it out. Can I POSSIBLY be the fattest boxer-short wearer in Bangkok? I am like a rake. To all, be aware that the alleys in the markets are narrow and crowded.
Or buy a pair of fake Vans seakers like hubby did for about 32 bucks.
Try and find the pets section. This is delightful, all cute doggies and pussies luxuriating under swivelling fans or in air-conditioned booths. (It is hotter than Hades at the markets.) Though with the number of stray dogs in Thailand maybe not to be encouraged. I bought a Superdog outfit for my best mate at home, Billy the Schnauzer.
I also bought a bespoke ice-cream, which was fun. The lady dipped it in my choice of toppings and it was tops!
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