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Cover story : 25 June 05 / Vol. 22 No. 6
 The Biggest and Most  Popular Weekend  Market of Thailand

                                By Red Ribbon
When thinking about shopping in Bangkok, there is no way more enjoyable to do it than the Thai way -- at outdoor markets. This way you will experience the people's lifestyles amidst the hustle and bustle of urbanization, which will add colour to your stay in this country. Chatuchak (Jatujak) Weekend Market or commonly called JJ Market on Phahonyothin Road in Bangkok, with a total area of 70 rais or 28 acres, is the place we recommend you to spend your leisure time in.

Since 1982, Chatuchak Weekend Market has gained popularity among the Bangkok residents and foreign visitors alike.

Thousands of people come here on weekends to view and buy many kinds of goods, almost anything you can imagine, ranging from clothes to handicrafts, from garden plants to pets, and from utensils to antiques. For shopping lovers, this is one of the best places not only to try out your bargaining skills but also to get some exotic goods whether for yourself or your home.

The main part of Chatuchak is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additionally, the plant section is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays (6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) as well.

Moreover, on Fridays, you will find wholesale shops ready to welcome you from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Fridays, cars are allowed in JJ but not on Saturdays and Sundays.

Up to the present time, there are 27 sections in Chatuchak Weekend Market, to name a few, clothing and accessories, handicraft products, leatherware, household decorative items, pets and pet-related products, and plants and gardening tools. Chatuchak is very dynamic.
That's why it is difficult to set the place in good order. However, below are details of items sold in Chatuchak.

Chatuchak Zone

Clothing & Accessories
Zone: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23

Handicraft Products
Zone: 8, 11, 13, 15, 27

Ceramics & Pottery
Zone: 7, 15, 17, 19, 25

Art & Galleries
Zone: 5, 7

Food & Beverages
Zone: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20,
21, 26

Plants & Gardening tools
Zone: 3, 4

Decorations & Furniture
Zone: 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 23, 24, 25

Pet & Accessories
Zone: 9, 11, 13, 15, 17

Zone: 1, 27

Antique & Collectibles
Zone: 1, 25, 26

Miscellaneous & Used Clothing
Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 23, 25, 26

Tips for Shoppers

• Beware of your belongings. Ladies, keep your purse in front of you, not beside or at the back.
• Don't be afraid that you're being too cheap in your dealing. If the vendors are kind of angry with you, just walk away. Chances are they will call you back to resume bargaining.

Please bear in mind that if a seller agrees to your price then the deal is done. Reneging on an agreement is very rude.
Drink sufficient water as it will be really hot during the day. You are advised to put on a hat and don't forget to apply sunblock.

• If you come across something you like, buy it immediately. It is hardly possible for you to be able to walk back to buy it after observing the whole sections of this weekend market.

How to get there
It is very convenient to reach Chatuchak (see Map of Bangkok) as there are ordinary buses, air-conditioned buses, micro buses, skytrain (BTS, Mo Chit Station) and metro (MRT, Kamphaengphet Station) passing this weekend market. If you are in Bangkok downtown, you can start at the Victory Monument as there are a lot of buses you can take to JJ. Also, you can catch a BTS there.

For the correct pronunciation of romanized Thai words, see
Romanization System of the Thai Language.

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Ear and Hearing Aids Center
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Clinic
Operated by Manut Utoomprurkporn, M.D.
Board of Otolaryngology
, Hearing Specialist

Sukhumvit 22 Branch: Ear and Hearing Aids Center
20 Sukhumvit 22, Opposite Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok 10110
Tel. +66 (0) 2258 2348, 0 2259 2502   Mobile. +66 (0)8 9116 4060   Fax.+66 (0) 2663 4058

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Sukhumvit 42, Bangkok 10110.   Tel. +66 (0) 2712 1177, 0 2713 6231-2

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145/4 - 6 Richy Tower (near Phet Kaserm 21), Phet Kaserm Road, Bangkok
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Phuket Branch: Eartone Ear and Hearing Aids Center in Phuket International Hospital
44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road, Phuket 83000.   Tel. +66 (0) 7624 9400

We are the exclusive dealer for Phonak and Beltone.

CIC only 699 USD/ear per one ear for basic model
Our prices on average about 50% lower than abroad (some models).
Ready for use in 6 hrs.
Conventional In-the-canal Hearing Aid
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Sukhumvit Rd.,Soi 22, Opposite Imperial Queen's Park Hotel, Bangkok.

Map For taxi : คลินิก หู คอ จมูก และเครื่องช่วยฟัง สุขุมวิท 22 ตรงข้ามโรงแรมอิมพีเรียลควีนสปาร์ค


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Eartone is an ear and hearing aids center, which is a leading importer, manufacturer and distributor of hearing health care equipment especially hearing aids in Thailand. It has been established for about ten years.

One of our major customers, Sirinthorn Rehabilitation Center, ordered more than 5,000 sets of our hearing aids to donate to hearing loss people through about 70 hospitals all over the country.

Our main products include Custom-made Hearing Aids, Hearing Test and Swimming Mould. We are also well-experienced in providing Completely-hide-in-the-canal aids ( CIC ) for patients through hospitals and hearing aids centers. Besides we supply accessories and repairing services related to all types of hearing aids.

Each year we are able to produce more than thousand sets of custom made hearing aids (ITC, MINI CANAL, CIC) for hospitals and individuals.

Our Services
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    Beltone Products are developed using only the latest hearing technology and are designed to fit just about any lifestyle and hearing loss.

    Shell Styles
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    Custom Hearing Instruments , also available both analog and digital circuits.
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    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    Mini Canal (MC)
    Mini-Canal (MC) hearing instrument is one of the smallest custom-made instruments. It affords a pleasing cosmetic appearance with the advantage of volume control that is not available on the CIC.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
    In-The-Canal (ITC)
    In-The-Canal (ITC) hearing instrument is a popular choice for those needing more amplification or power from a small hearing instrument.

    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
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    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
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    Low Profile is a streamlined version of the Full Shell. This cosmetically pleasing model fits a wide variety of hearing losses and patient needs.
    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )
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    Price : USD 699 ( 2 Channel Digital )

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