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Can't afford a European vacation this summer? Do what our contributor Claire Duffett did: Explore Southeast Asia instead.
The biggest flea market in the world, Chatuchak Weekend Market, is almost its own city within Bangkok. To get there, take the Skytrain to Mo Chit and then just follow the crowd. Vendors sell everything from groceries to used clothes to designer goods and (faux) antiques. Stands teem with old boots, cheap dresses, bags of flavored ice and, yes, even fried bugs.
Inside the covered maze of stands, climb over piles of Levis and miniature Buddha figurines to find crafts made by local artisans. Between bouts of browsing, come up for air in the path surrounding the cluster to eat homemade coconut ice cream--though with the thousands of people milling about, the air is less than fresh.
But this is Bangkok, and congestion is as ubiquitous as rice noodle dishes with chili peppers. Fortunately, Chatuchak is the one market that sells unique, affordable goods with vendors who quietly bargain rather than accost passersby, insisting on sales. It's the one not-to-be-missed Bangkok attraction that you probably won't ever want to experience again.