Made in Thailand: The biggest market (i.e. mall) IN THE WORLD!
Ok, so as a fan (and admitted practitioner) of hyperbole I have a soft spot for Chatuchak weekend market which we hit on this Saturday, it being the weekend and all. But, by all accounts, this is no joke-ish touron thing.
And what we experience has nothing to do with tourists and hype (well, of course the peeps want more customers, but my point is this is not a ‘tourist” market at core — it is just an insane market!!).
Anyway, we cab up to the spot, and wade into something like 8000 stores. Yeah, 8k. The stores are “stalls” — but I’m blown away at how actually high end/boutique much of it is. This is not straight touron junk. This is like for real a “mall with 8000 stores”. And yeah, a lot of stuff is MADE IN THAILAND. Sure, some of them are high end, and some low end. But it is all here. And from clothes to knives to furniture to snakes to cock fights here you go. I am actually blown away at how much we are able to absorb in 4 hours.
Soft spot for the metal t-shirt stall — something about Thai/Asia and Iron Maiden . . . like an entire store of ONLY Maiden and metal t’s, here is where they come from . . .
The kids are absolute troopers, fueled by a steady stream of coconut ice cream to fruit bag to pad thai to calimari to fried quail eggs you name it right here . . . it is a grazing and buying festival.
It is also 100 degrees and mad humidity. We arrive “early” to beat the heat and the crowds. Right. Maybe on the edges. We all get some low end stuff but fun. Coin purses, iPod covers ($2!), shorts, t-shirts (for real, this is actually a utilitarian purchase, mission is find lightweight throwaway t’s that might have style or at least not be touron junk/dork, etc. , If I didn’t have to hall it around I would have bought much more. It was all here. I got your camo kids outfit right here (and yeah, I did break down and buy some cargo shorts/capri-ish updated thing from the store that had ONLY this stuff — actually NEED this product now that we are not in the beach/beach bag/boardies only kind of zone) . . .
We are far away from our hotel and melting down. Cabs and everyone seem to want to jam us so we decide yeah let’s roll the sky train experience. Like a ride and a “thing” for the kids anyway. OK, for me too. And practical! I actually find the nearby station and we have fun just sorting it out. And when we get on the train the AC is worth the price of admission!! And we are elevated and seeing the city and its awesome. One transfer, another train, the system is tight, and a 5 min cab ride and we are back to the crib.
Huge pool sesh, and we all take 5 layers of dirt and city grime and sweat off, another amazing dinner and working planning what is next, amazing.