mention pahurat and indians and the textile trade come to mind. for me an additional factor is nostalgia. not of thailand but of singapore in the fifties.we had very similar market in chinatown and north bridge road area.it was therefore an additional incentive for me to explore pahurat.
for the uninitiated visitors you just need to keep two landmarks in mind about pahurat. one is the sikh temple (referred to as wat sikh by the thais) and the other is the India Emprium which now houses (brimful) textile,readymade garments,curtains and sundry indian merchandise. iadditional facility at the india emporium is the proliferation of typical indian snacks and meals available in the food court on the top floor. you can get a brilliant array of indian disshes and beverages like lassi at fraction of the prices charged by the trendier indian restaurants in bangkok. highly recommended if you want to sample indian food.
ithe textile trade is concentrated in pahurat. some claims exist that this is the biggest textile market in bangkok.the shops are located in a virtual maze and it is not quite easy to keep your bearing as you walk around. the walk,however, is worth it as you never know what is going to turn up at the next corner - it may be a flower outlet, or a snack stall or a ready made garment shop, the silence may be suddenly broken by blaring indian bollywood hits. amazing experience really. if you get lost just ask directions for the wat sikh or the india emprium and you will be back on track. adjacent to the india emporium along charkrapet road is another soi where there is a concentration of indian shopping selling sweets, savouries, prayer items, ready made garments.sareess and provision shops specialising in indian produce. couple of shops are specialsts in samosas and sweets.the soi is barely 100 metres and it is fascinating walk.
if yu are adventrous you must visit pahurat. you will be amazed by variety of merchandise, eateries, snack shops and sundries required in indian homes
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