Shopping around the World
Markets have long been gathering places, mixing people as well as goods. They make for wonderful places to visit: the bigger and more exotic, the better. In these eight markets around the world, you can eat like a local or like a pro chef in Paris, watch intense tuna auctions in Tokyo, wander the twisting alleys of the Marrakech souks, travel to the past in Boston, and do some shopping while you're at it!
Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
This 35 acre market is the biggest in Thailand; its 5,000 stalls host some 200,000 shoppers every day. As the name implies, it's mostly a weekend event, though some stalls stay open all week. Compared to some of the other markets on this list, Chatuchak is young, established in 1982 as part of the celebration of Bangkok's bicentennial.
Not surprisingly, the many vendors sell just about everything you could think to buy, and then some- it's also a hot spot for the illegal sale of exotic and endangered species.