Chatuchak is the largest market in Thailand and the largest weekend market in the world. According to Wikipedia it has 15,000 stores and an average of 200,000 visitors. The idea of going to the largest market in the world was a bit intimidating. I was worried I’d get overwhelmed or claustrophobic.
But a nice girl in my hostel named Sophie was going to the market this morning and turns out it’s sort of on the way to the airport I needed to be at later in the day. So I followed Sophie from Portugal as she showed me how to navigate the sky train. I had to pack up all my belongings quickly so I could bring my big backpack with us.
We got off at the stop for the market and there were already hoards of people leaving the train station to go to the market. We followed the crowd and entered the market. She was on the hunt for a cute new years outfit and I didn’t really want to buy anything, so we split up and set a meeting place and time.
I watched a guy cut coconuts for drinks for a while. He kept hollering while he chopped and the Thai people would smile at him. I mozied around and found a $3 watch so I would know what time it was. And a couple hours later this watch is full of condensation… not my best purchase.
I found an area with artists displaying their paintings and stepped into a nice cool little bar to grab a beer. I was over the push and shove with my backpack in the crowded market. So I sat back and enjoyed my Singha.
After my beer I tried to find Sophie, but she never showed up at our spot. So after 15 minutes, I headed to the street to find a cab or something to take me to the airport. Luckily the guy at my hostel had written the name of the airport down in Thai for me so I had a little piece of paper to just show the drivers. I finally found a nice cab driver and I was relieved he had AC in his car.
Now I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to Chiang Mai where I plan to spend time with Diana for new years and she’s going to take me to the Elephant Nature Park and Pai!