Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
On our walk from Chattucak market to the nearest BTS, we passed by the street vendor selling funny looking foods. Looking closer, there are different kind of insects; worms, larvas, crickets (or grasshoppers) and pretty big insect looks like cockroaches.
These insects are deep fried to brown. This unique stall attracts tourists to snap pictures and the seller seems not so happy about it. The seller can’t speak English, so we could not inquire him farther about those insects.
We braved ourselves to buy deep fried brown cockroaches for 20 THB each. The seller put pepper and oil into it and handed over to us. A tiny bite of its crispy wing tastes like chip, a bite of its skull, it tastes spicy and dash of bitter.
Chiang Mai is a good place to buy seeds as alot of organic growing goes on there.
Chatuchak (weekend only) Market has an extensive section devoted only to agriculture and horticulture.
According to legend/myth in Thailand you cannot buy a Siamese Cat you can either steal it or the cat chooses to live with you.
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Try to visit Weekend Market. Most of the visitors will be Thai's. You should give at least 2 hours for this open market. You can find some nice things to buy. Do not forget to bargain. Try some Thai Food one of the food markets.
**Fear factor in Bangkok** I couldn't decide whether to put this under Restaurant, or Off the Beaten Path, or under Warnings!
You can find food vendors selling bugs n critters (perfectly dead and deep fried) FOR YOUR EATING PLEASURE in Chatuchak Market and night markets. I guess these bugs are the equivalent to our err.. umm.. potato chips? haha. Ok, poor comparison.
Locals snack on them; they are deep fried and lightly seasoned. We DID try one.. :P Ok, I didn't, my boyfriend did. hee hee.
The crickets looked the most appetizing - there were also beetles and mealworms (!*?!). Maybe next time you all can try the rest and let me know if they taste good.
The crickets were crunchy, not much taste. We learnt later on that you were suppose to dispose of the legs first *the reason why i wanted to put this under warnings initially* and eat only the body. Not sure about the.. err.. head.
If your in Bangkok over the weekend make sure u make ur way to the weekend market, otherwise known as Jaktujak or JJ to the Thais. You get almost everything u need to live on! And the good thing is that most things are much cheaper than other places in Bangkok. However, as a foreigner, prices are normally higher than wot the locals pay. Don't be afraid to bargain even if it seems really cheap to you. Also, u gots ta to walk through the rows of pet shops! Gosh there all kinds of animals here even the endangered ones! Well, theres always a price to pay for buying cheap things. It's gonna be very hot when your in there doin your shopping! There is hardly any ventilation at all!
This market is open Saturday and Sunday and here they sell everything.... Gold fish, insects, food, clothes ++++
Do not belive tuk-tuk drivers/taxi drivers if they tell you this is closed Saturdays... That is NOT true..
Chatuchak(Map E1) is a weekend flea market whereby tour guide will rather not bring you there as they may not earn the commission and afraid you may be lost in the area. The area I estimate is about the size of 6 football field. There are plenty of shopping for almost all the things that you want to buy in Bangkok. Should you want branded but used goods, this is the place. Of course you can find imitation ones as well. There are also many handicraft goods, leather wear, watches, clothing, potted plants, exotic food, cock fighting and many others. Prices are bargainable but not much as the offer starts low. Please wear comfortable clothing as it is not air-conditioned and the Bangkok weather is humid. It will be crowded, careful with your belonging.
Don't miss the Weekend Market on the edge of the city.
This is supposed to be the worlds biggest marked and despite it's name many of the stalls are open all week.
The marked is really huge. We spent a whole day there and never got out of the fabric and clothing section!
This is the place to work on your bargining skills! Everything you get on the touristy places in the city you can get here for less.
Are u too busy with your shopping that u forgot to take a shot at the Chatuchak Clock Tower?
Here u go. It is a great land mark esp when u are lost in the big market.