I've donned shorts and comfy shoes, and braced myself to be drenched in sweat shortly, because I'm meeting a co-worker friend, Ralf, for a few hours at the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
I suspect I'll have lots more tales to tell once I return tonight, but for now, I'll leave you with the description taken from the Bangkok Insight City Guide:
Reputed to be the world's largest flea market, Chatuchak is a must-see for any visitor; even the least enthusiastic shopper cannot fail to be overawed by the sheer scale and variety of goods available. With an estimated 400,000 visitors weaving through the market's 35-acre maze-like interior every weekend, Chatuchak is a heady assault upon the senses, so an early start is essential to beat the soaring heat and ensuing claustrophobia. Navigating your way around is an adventure in itself. Although loosely partitioned into sections, the fun is in stumbling across hidden pockets of culture or kitsch as you meander the web of narrow alleyways. You will find everything from crafts, home decor and clothing to flowers and even pets.
So, that ought to be quite something. Ralf says I could visit every weekend for the rest of my time in Bangkok and not see everything. (And I think that's more a testament to its size than his prediction for how long I last.)