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If shopping to you and bae means markets more than malls, you'll love this!

If shopping to you and bae means markets more than malls, you'll love this!

 We all know that the real gems are hidden in flea markets, a vintage piece of furniture, a forgotten crystal chandelier and not to forget, the dainty pieces of jewellery and artefacts. And the best part? They all come with a story attached to it. Lastminute.com users suggest 5 places, from the bustling Pratunam Market in Bangkok to the colourful Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech. Where are you headed? 

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1. Bangkok, Thailand Pratunam Market is arguably the cheapest to buy clothes

Lastminute.com reviewer says, "Weather was very hot! Lots of sightseeing (floating market, railway market, grand palace, Wat Pho). Love Bangkok been 3 times now whilst travelling in Thailand and it’s a completely different atmosphere to anywhere else in the country. Spend around 3 days there."

Lastminute.com reviewer says, "The food is very tasty and spicy. We went on a floating market trip and had a great day out wandering around the city looking at the sites especially the temples."

Lastminute.com reviewer adds, "37°C was not a problem with bottled water in my bag. I had good experiences with the perfect organised public transport and boat trips to visit the palace, temples, Ayutthaya, the floating market, Trainmarket. It is an amazing mix of tradition and modern. The people and food let me come back."

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2. Phuket, Thailand Chillva Market is a hip night market with bohemian vibes

Lastminute.com reviewer says, "We do like Phuket with its 33C sunshine in winter, beautiful beaches and smiling people. Local cuisine is lovely, plenty of fresh seafood, fantastic fruit shakes and very special ice-cream. Street food market food is also recommended. Freshly cooked, tasty and quite cheap. Tornado potato is a must. However, in a week or so we returned to the European cuisine restaurants (Italian and Russian). Big Buddha Phuket is truly worth to visit."

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3. Koh Samui, Thailand Watch the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street come alive after 6.00 PM

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Eat at local market stalls or street cafes. Paddleboarding, kayaking all great fun and so reasonably priced. Thai people are warm, friendly and just lovely people. Chaeweng beach was amazing."

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4. Barcelona, Spain Located around the bustling La Rambla, La Boquería market is famous among tourists

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Lovely weather. The hotel was lovely, very clean and modern. Staff were extremely helpful. Close to lots of great bars for tapas and drinks. Within a few minutes walk for the metro, La Rambla, Gothic Area. Sagrada Familia is must see, slightly further away but a pleasant walk with put stops for a glass of cava! Went there on a Sunday when there was a local market on. Great atmosphere."

Lastminute.com reviewer says, "Weather was great, we did a lot of sightseeing whilst we were there also the food was great we loved tapas. The sightseeing tour bus was great and we were able to hop on or off when we pleased. The Rambla market was really good too. So much to see."

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5. Marrakech, Morocco Whenit comes to markets, nothing beats Djemaa el-Fna

Lastminute.com reviewer shares, "Weather was great we arrived on the 13th of February and stayed at the Kenzi Club all inclusive. We went to the Souk market with a guide otherwise we would have got lost in the market. We also went on the camel ride and quad bike which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. We arrived back on the 19th and it rained once on the 18th. It was a wonderful all-inclusive holiday."

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