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The Chatuchak weekend market is a must-squeeze for Bangkok visitors with time on their hands and plenty of stamina. With more than 6,000 stalls grouped into 26 sections, it's a claustrophobe's nightmare and a bargain-lover's fantasy. For navigation help, check out Nancy Chandler's hand-drawn map ($4 in bookstores). A $3 taxi-ride from most hotels, the market offers cheaper-than-downtown prices on nearly everything: Thai silk, ceramics, toys, jewelry, handmade paper, leather goods, batik, hats, shoes and more. Formerly just a weekend affair, it's now open Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and all day Saturday until 11 p.m. (Sunday until 10 p.m.).



January 11, 1999

Off the Shelf
For almost three decades, members of the city's Australian-New Zealand Women's Group have been compiling their collective wit and wisdom in their self-published Bangkok Guide

Hot Deal
Fans of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong can now enjoy the same brand of swank accommodation in Bangkok

Web Crawling
The homepage for Thailand's largest Internet service is a font of useful information

Short Cuts
Angel Airlines, Thailand's second international carrier, is expanding its network of routes

The Chatuchak weekend market is a must-squeeze for Bangkok visitors with time on their hands and plenty of stamina

Main Feature
The Asian Games that swept through Bangkok in December left a spirit of goodwill behind--good news for anyone planning a visit or stopover in 1999

In light of the uncertainty about how computer systems will cope with the looming Y2K problem, would you fly on January 1, 2000?

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