My 5: Chatuchak Market, Bangkok.

1. Chatuchak Market, April 2015. I do love myself a big old Asian market: The smell of sizzling street food, the unpredictability of the haggling, the vast array of stuff on offer! God only knows I’ve been to my fair share of markets throughout Asia, but I’m not sure I’ve seen a bigger one than Bangkok’s Chatuchak.

2. Chatuchak Market, April 2015. Set across thirty-five acres and with eight thousand stalls on offer, it’s said that you can buy virtually anything here. An estimated two hundred thousand people pass through every weekend, so prepare for plenty of elbowing, shoving, knocking and bumping. And maybe give those public toilets a miss!

3. Chatuchak Market, April 2015. My Chatuchak experience came during Songkran, Thailand’s New Year’s Festival. The holiday is famous for its water festival, so every other person was armed with a water gun and shooting passers by at will! This was not good news for me, as I had gone to Chatuchak unarmed. Happily though, this big guy lent me his gun so that I could defend myself for a bit.

4. Chatuchak Market, April 2015. There are plenty of genuinely interesting stores to be found amid all the identikit shoe shops and jeans stalls. I did a little shopping at this cool T-shirt joint for movie lovers. The place was called Films Over and every customer who bought something was asked to pose for a photograph with the owner’s clapperboard.

5. Chatuchak Market, April 2015. Don’t leave the market without trying some of Chatuchak’s famous coconut ice cream! Deliciously creamy, you also have the option of chopped cashew nuts and sweet sticky rice!

For more on my time in this fantastic city, check out my articles from around Bangkok.

Like these? Then why not have a leaf through my zillion other 5s from across Thailand.

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Freelance travel writer, voice over and English teacher from London. Former music and film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.

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