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Pattaya ís unique shopping scene

Pattayaís unique shopping scene: Two markets worth visiting

by Lesley Warner

We have some really great weekly markets in Pattaya; you will be surprised at the bargains and useful household items you can buy from 5 baht up. Pattaya Tai is easy to find, ask a taxi driver to take you to Friendship Supermarket, South Pattaya; the market is opposite on Tuesdays and Fridays from about 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. If you are driving, parking can be a bit difficult, but you can park in Friendship car park for a small fee.

The weekend night market on Thepprasit Road

You can buy anything from jewellery, makeup, shoes, clothes, underwear, home ware, plants, food, CDís, electrical equipment to dogs, cats, chickens and fish. If you have small children, with the speed they out grow their clothes, there is lots to choose from. The prices are good and most vendors are open to barter - itís fun. It can be really hot shopping in this market under the canvass cover, so remember to have a drink; there are plenty of food and drink stalls to choose from.

There is also a weekend night market on Thepprasit Road and if you are looking for bargains this is the place to go. You wont find many farangs but you will see some interesting sights. There are a variety of different wares on sale from goldfish to furniture. You will also find second hand shoes, as well as Thai antiques. Itís a bit like a large car boot sale. I bought 1 kilo of coloured bath towels for 190 baht, and I must admit that I havenít bought bath towels by the kilo before.

Pattaya Tai Market

There is a large traditional food section where you can try some of the sweets and snacks that Thaiís are so fond of. Or Ďpig outí on the barbecued pig for 25 baht and have a bag of assorted bugs for dessert!

Even if you are not looking for things to buy itís worth a look round and is very inexpensive. You will find it at the Sukhumvit end of Thepprasit Road, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from about 5:30 p.m., but itís best to wait until about 8 p.m. to give all the stallholders a chance to set up.

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