Karachiites have a yawning gap in their lives ever since the sprawling ‘Itwaar Bazaar’ in Defence has been dismantled and moved to a much smaller and less exciting venue. The next best thing you can do to recapture that experience is to plan a trip to Bangkok and make sure your stay includes a weekend.

The Chatuchak Market in Thailand’s capital city, is the world’s largest weekend market, open only on Saturdays and Sundays. Whether you’re a serious collector looking for bargains, or just a window shopper, spending a day at Chatuchak is going to be an experience you’ll never forget.

Easily accessible through the BTS sky-train, it’s a good idea to get away from the high-end shopping malls and get a real taste of Thai culture at this buzzing commercial center.

Packed with around 15,000 shops jostling with each other, the market has an endless variety of wares on offer, and bargaining is not only acceptable but totally expected so your Sunday bazaar haggling skills are going to come in handy.

The narrow alleys of the market have merchandise spilling over. Ceramics, wooden handicrafts, silk kaftans, cotton dresses and t-shirts, fairy lights, designer handbags, quirky wigs — you name it, Chatuchak has it! Oh and if you’re bothered about space in your suitcase, the shopkeepers are also ready to ship your purchases home — for a price, of course.

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