We've been to a lot of markets on the GT, and as time goes on our tolerance for walking in the heat, pushing through throngs of tourists, getting hassled by salesman and looking at the same old junk has rapidly diminished. So it was with great trepidation that we headed over to Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market, which bills itself as one of the largest markets in the world.
And - surprisingly - we loved it!
You could buy anything here - food, antiques, tribal handicrafts, young designers' clothing, pets, household goods, toys, livestock, custom-built aquariums, jewelry, plus of course all the typical crap. And, because it's Thailand and not, say, India or Egypt, there was nominal pressure to buy. We spent hours just wanding around (including a somewhat horrible 40 minutes hopelessly lost in the live animals section) and were so overwhelmed we didn't even buy anything. Guess it just means we have to go back some day!
Here's a slideshow of just a tiny sampling of what's available at Chatuchak. If you find yourself in Bangkok on a weekend, we highly recommend that you check it out.