Asia is known for its shopping and some of the most unusual gifts that are in existence can only be found in Asia. Many countries in Asia have huge malls, towering well over five stories, and these are well worth a visit. However, because of the mall charging lease space, the shops in the mall have to charge more. Therefore, many Asian malls are outside and they are called markets. Not a little market that can be seen in five minutes, but a mega market that will take hours to walk through. This article will zero in on the three best markets in Asia.
1) Chatchuchak Market, located in Bangkok, Thailand. This market is a weekend market only, but will draw more people than any other market in the country. Chatchuchak is huge and will take the weekend to get through and the thousands of shops will have you in awe. Chatchuchak sells everything from animals to clothes to any possible souvenir you could imagine having. The animals may not be the best bet because you don’t get many records with your purchase. However, everything else is quality and cheap. Just like many of the Asian style markets, you never accept the first price given. Bargaining is a must or you will get ripped off. If you are in the mood to buy a statue of Buddha, or some Thai style candles, they have it. Thai silk is very good quality and can also be found here. Walking around Chatchuchak at first may seem like many of the shops carry similar things, but you have to go inside the stalls to see the clear difference. Chatchuchak Market in Bangkok is definitely one of the three best markets in Asia.
2) Temple Street Market, located in Hong Kong. Out of the three best markets in Asia, this may be the most congested. There are people everywhere, so proper caution is needed. Temple Street Market is located in a busy part of Hong Kong. This market is primarily a night market and things usually begin around five in the afternoon and finish around eleven. Walking through this market allows you to see some of the local restaurants and what Chinese people like to eat. The market is on the left and right as you walk up the middle, so you will have people calling you from both sides and can be a little annoying. They have lots of things to choose from, most of which are copies, but are very nice. Many of the shop owners have books with copy purses and copy watches, for very reasonable prices and the items look very real. They are definitely worth a look! Temple Street Market is one of the three best markets in Asia and should be visited by anybody who is visiting Hong Kong.
3) Pearl Market, located in Beijing, China. Be prepared to have a significant amount of money with you so you can come back with a ton of stuff for a good price. Watches, clothes, and Chinese ornaments are all available here to name a few and should be bargained for at good prices. Pearl market will keep you busy for hours in the city of Beijing.
These are the three best markets in Asia and are worth the visit should you be in the vicinity.