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February 19, 2014

Bangkok Day 1: Chatuchak Weekend Market & Chinatown

I went to Bangkok a few weeks back, slightly a week before Christmas. I was so excited because I haven't been to Bangkok for like 7 years? Bangkok is also known as a shopping and food paradise for everyone. I'm mainly eyeing on the food lah,  As usual, I'm forever last minute, so I went to read a little travel blogs and asked my friends for suggestions. They all replied me that "You WON'T get lost in BKK." To be honest, for the entire trip I felt that it was very easy to travel around with cab or taking the train. So the chances of getting lost in BKK is very steep. 

So here are just essential useful tips that I thought off that you could probably take note of if you intend to visit Bangkok! Bangkok is always crowded, especially the shopping areas and sometimes you need to take a little precautions or be extra alerted of the things around you to avoid any accidents to occur.

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Boarded on Singapore Airlines to BKK! 


A selfie taken on the airplane before departure. This is my sleepless face when you only had 2 hours of sleep because I was last minute packing for the trip. To be honest, I'm always afraid that I would miss out this, then miss out that. The flight was 7AM, and I had to arrive at 545AM to check in. We did an online internet check in, so we can sleep a bit more longer. If you are asking the reason why we sat an early flight, the reason is simple. Cos we wanted to maximize the amount of time we had!



Anyone loves airplane food?! Yums Scrambled Eggs with Harsh Browns!


Another selfie after I arrived at Bangkok while waiting for the tour bus to pick us up. (Again, the reason why we did not took a cab is because it was more value for money to cater a bus since if you are going in a group of more than 7 and above. If you need more information about it, you can email me about it! I'll be happy to share contacts with you. Back to the point, since it was still early (BKK is one hour behind SG) thus the very first thing we did was to head to the hotel first, leave our bags at the lobby and then rush off to Chatuchak Weekend Market (it was a Saturday btw). 



Finally arrived at the weekend market. One of the most popular places and a must visit place if you ever visit BKK. They are only opened on weekends so do not miss your opportunity! I eventually came down on two separate days because one full day wasn't enough for me to shop. However, I made an awesome discovery that if you go anywhere, you can at least find a particular Singaporean roaming around this place. Hahaha! Remember to drink plenty of water because the weather is going to be very humid and you wouldn't want to find yourself fainting after 2 hours of shopping. 

How to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market?

1) By Cab (Which is value for money if you are in a group of 4 or so, and convenient too.)
2) Take the Train and alight at  Chatuchak Park Station OR Kamphaeng Phet. You can ask around for directions!



PERSPIRING LIKE MAD!


Our stomach were growling and we settled down at one of the eateries and have a quick lunch before shopping marathon started. The place was congested and filled with customers. 


Price was relatively affordable! I felt like ordering everything that was shown on the menu. You know when you are hungry, you could almost eat anything you want. PLUS IT'S MY FIRST MEAL IN BKK AFTER A WHOLE ENTIRE MORNING OF SETTLING MY STUFF AND MAKING ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS. 


Thai Fried Rice - 70 Bhat


Basil Fried Rice with Pork/Chicken 



Don't forget to check out the street food stalls too! 


Adorable dogs wearing a helmet and a pair of shades! They were guarding the stall because there were no one there and they will bark at you if you go near them! Well, I can't blame them cos they were doing their job! *well done* 


Here's a photo of Chatuchak Weekend Market for your information if you happen to need it. Basically, they categorize the sections into different sections such as clothes, bags, essential needs, flowers, pots, food, dog accessories, plastic packaging/bags suppliers etc many more! So be sure to have your phone with you (recommended if you get the internet prepaid sim card so you can contact your friends if you intend to split among yourselves because you are going to have a hard time finding the exit unless you know the place very well! )


#coconutforthewin Hahaha! I don't know how much I must stress on the importance of hydrating yourself really often! 



Came across a stall selling Red Ruby Dessert (Famous Thai Sweet Desserts). They are chestnuts with coconut milk! Yums! Located slightly near the entrance/start off point of Chatuchak. Actually I saw many people queueing for it, so I went to queue also lor! Needed a break from the hot weather too!



TOO MANY EGGS!


Forgotten what was this, but it was really spicy that I could recall eating this lol.

CHINATOWN

After an entire day of shopping and roaming around at Chatuchak. In the evening, we went to Chinatown (which is known that you can find plenty of seafood) at that area! 


Atmosphere of Chinatown


Desserts at some random stall! Seems to be quite popular at Chinatown.


Look at the wide spread of prawns, crabs, clamps! Reminds me of those zichar! They have tables and chairs beside the roadside for you to dine at! And it's not only 1 seafood stall la, but there are plently. Depends if you feel like eating which one. 


Settled down at a local Chinese Restaurant! Hungry after an entire day of walking and everyone was in need of food and needed to fill our stomachs!


Delicious Roasted Duck topped with their sauce


Mushroom With Tofu


Vegetables


Fried Omelette (Orh Jian)


Thai Style Fried Fish 


Refreshing Coconut Ice Cream!!! 



Banana Prata with Condensed Milk is a MUST TRY!!! 
I mean who wouldn't resist such temptation? 

Going to end off my blogpost here! Thanks for reading Day 1 of my BKK trip and I hope you enjoyed reading it. I will review the hotel soon in my next blogpost! I will be covering the BKK Floating Market and also the Railway Market next! So be sure to read my blog for more updates! 

Meanwhile, I did a separate review for After You Cafe located at Siam Paragon, if you are interested you can read it at:

1 comment:

  1. Hihi... may I know what is the tour bus that u mention above?

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