An Essential guide to buying Books in Bangkok – For all your Erudite Needs

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Bangkok is one of the shopping capitals of the world, boasting world-renowned malls as well as sprawling traditional markets. If you’re a bookworm then there are many places to explore.

Aporia Books

If you’re somewhere close to the famous Khao San Road then this is the place to visit since the variety of books available here is astonishing. You will discover both brand new and second-hand books at this emporium of literary works, and everything from the latest bestsellers to French philosophy. Aporia Books is one of the most popular book stores in Bangkok.

Dasa

This is both a cafe and a used-book store. As far as bookshops go they have the best shop guide which can be accessed through their website to browse their comprehensive portfolio of books. Their cakes and coffee are also known to be quite good.

Bookazine

If you’d prefer reading newspapers and magazines over novels and books then this is definitely a place worth checking out. It is operated by ‘Asia Books’, one of the largest sellers of English-language books in Asia and specialises in magazines and newspapers while showcasing a range of books as well.

Kinokuniya

Any avid book reader will find that Kinokuniya is a paradise. They have many outlets throughout the world and each one is absolutely massive. You’re bound to discover this chain mentioned in various blogs such as Shopping in Focus due to the size of their outlets, and for featuring everything from non-fiction to comics and manga.


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Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok – One of the Largest Open markets in the World

 

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Weekend markets are a one of the most popular cultural norms of Thailand, and if you want to experience the biggest of them all, then the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the place to go.

 

History
The Chatuchak Weekend Market has a fairly deep history, since it appeared in 1942. It is a rarity because most of the markets that exist today appeared after the Prime Minister made it mandatory for every province to have a marketplace.

 

Size and Divisions
The market is absolutely massive, and you can only get an idea of its scale by visiting it. There are over 13 categories of goods to be found at the market, and these have been divided into 27 sections in total. You can discover everything from clothing and electronics, to animals and antiques.

 

Night Life
If you wish to experience some of the best nightlife the city has to offer, you can visit the JJ Green which is situated just behind the Chatuchak Market. There are many bars to be found here and they are always buzzing with activity. A visit to JJ Green is highly recommended if you’re staying at one of many a boutique hotel in Bangkok situated nearby, such as Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18.

 

Cuisine
The range of cuisine to experience here is simply astonishing and some of the most popular places include Foontalop, Toh-Plue, and Viva 8.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pak Klong Flower Market in Bangkok

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Whether you are a fan of chaotic markets or you simply want to know who needs to buy 10 kilos of flowers, Bangkok’s Pak Klong Flower Market definitely makes it on to any list of ‘things to see in Bangkok‘. If you are lucky to be staying at a hotel close to Chao Phraya River such as the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, you are within half an hour of the Pak Klong Flower Market. The area can be reached by taxi, tuk tuk or river boat.

Undoubtedly the largest wholesale and retail flower market in Bangkok, Pak Klong is also considered one of the largest flower markets in the world. The market has seen many changes of the years as it started back in the 18th century as a floating market. The area now overflows with stalls and shops selling an abundance of fresh flowers. Although it is technically open throughout the day and night, if visitors want to catch the market when it is most active, they need to arrive before dawn. The flowers sold in the market come from all over Thailand, even from far flung provinces such as Chiang Rai.

Visitors should not worry about starving during their excursion because interspersed with the flowers are the ever present Thai food vendors selling everything from meat skewers to freshly made papaya salad. After receiving its fresh midnight deliveries, the market is a beguiling assortment of flowers, including orchids, jasmines and lotus buds. Stall owners then set about the task of putting the flowers in order. This is often an opportunity to gain cultural insight as some shops specialise in making Phuang Malai, traditional flower garlands symbolising good luck, and Bai Sri, cone shaped arrangements used for ceremonies. At the end of the visit, visitors are likely to find themselves with a handful of flowers, innumerable photographs and one unforgettable experience.

 

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+