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Bangkok offers some of the best shopping in all of Southeast Asia and, indeed, Asia at large: It’s like one giant 24-hour store packed full of everything you could possibly imagine (and some things you can’t). The city’s pristine megamalls, such as Siam Paragon, CentralWorld Plaza and Terminal 21 are the best places to go for new electronics and to browse outlets for international and Asian-based fashion designers — prices vary from bargain to overpriced — but the outdoor markets teeming with random assortments of stuff are what most people think of first when they visit Bangkok.
Our Forbes Travel Guide editors feel the best place for this type of shopping is at the weekend-only Chatuchack Market, which is spread out over some 35 acres of land and houses over 5,000 stalls. You’ll find just about everything here: furniture, antiques, fashion, food, household décor, ceramics, rugs, even puppies, kittens and rabbits. It’s quite an experience — and a hot one. Plan on arriving no later than 10 a.m. to avoid the oppressive midday heat and throngs of ravenous shoppers.