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Jatujak Cock Fighting

At the information kiosk in Jatujak market, they provide a free map showing the different areas in the market and the stalls available. Bank ATMs public transport, how this market has grow since I worked here ten years ago, and it's become so touristy and modern!

But as I used the map, it didn't really seem to match the market at all. So I went to double check the colour coding on the poster map near one end of the market. What was that blue colour? It's not shown on my map! A plot is afoot, Dr Watson!

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Fighting cocks? Surely not. It wouldn't raise an eyebrow in Thailand, but Jatujak is trying to attract tourists and selling fighting cocks would upset many western tourists. So naturally I had to go see if they were there.

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Looking closely at the map, it seemed to be bottom left in section 3, near Soi 44, but despite walking around the outside and around the inside first lane, nothing! I peeked behind the plastic sheeting but there wasn't anything there. I guess Jatujak have cleaned up the market and are now a sanitized tourist attraction.

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But a lot of wandering and a lot of asking later, I found it. Not on the area covered by the maps, but within the market area at Jatujak. For once I'm not going to provide a map, or even a video, I'll leave it for you to discover.

No fighting cocks were harmed in the fight I watched. There was a lot of clucking and pushing and some leg trashing, but as soon as one submitted, they took them out of the ring and declared a winner. You see far worse fights on the farm, as they fight for rank.

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