Buddhadasaarchives Park-Vachirabenjatat Nikomrotfai sai 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Sure, you could pay some money to see Muay Thai fights in almost every city in Thailand, but if you’re on a budget I recommend going to MBK to watch the FREE outdoor showcase fights that take place every Wednesday night.
Sure, you could pay some money to see Muay Thai fights in almost every city in Thailand, but if you’re on a budget I recommend going to MBK to watch the FREE outdoor showcase fights that take place every Wednesday night.
Day 3 & 4We spent exploring the modern parts of BangkokSome great shopping experience at Siam Square, the famous MBK mall & Siam Paragon.There are huge buildings which you can view if you take the lovely sky trainOur last day was spent at one of the most beautiful & peaceful restaurants in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya river.The food is simply delicious.A must visit when in BangkokSteve Cafe & CuisineThe local carts selling sea food, the coconut water & local cold coffee were some of the food we really relished in BangkokBangkok is a great city & a must visit for someone who loves both sides-historical,traditional yet very modern & has a great party vibeThere is so much more to see. Hopefully on my next visit.Till thenHappy Exploring !This post was originally published on 'Be Right Back'.
At Phaya thai, you would find skyscrapers making the city appear like a celebration spot! There is a hotel called Baiyoke'e towers 85 storey building allowing the tourists to view the Bangkok city from its terrace! Terrace is open at evenings fOr tourists. This area is a superb food spot(if we explore) and a purchasing spot! MBK Shopping mall is a well known tourist spot which is just a station away from Phaya thai by metro Train! Instead of taking a metro train, i would suggest TUK TUK! kind of auto :P But extended long auto! This tuk tuk is must for experience for its amazing colors, sound and the music set!
The MBK is a huge mall by the skytrain. There you can find all sorts of cheaper items like regular clothing, Thai arts etc. It is more crowded and not as well vented. Paragon mall is across from MBK. The store are
all high end, with Chanel, Hermes, Vuitton etc.
My first destination while shopping is the MBK mall. Cheap by all standards and comforting. I find something for everyone in my family and I love coming back home with a bursting bag. To end my trips, I go shopping. I buy things for the price of nothing and put a smile to everyone's face.
I hum and I push through the unbelievable crowd on the corridor and the streets as I hold my bag and wallet tight against my chest.
All said and done, your people have a lot of values and culture in them. In spite of all the temples being packed by tourists, I see the people coming in to pray and offering gifts. I see their selfless spirit everyday on the road. I have seen people praying and greeting each other true to the humble Asian behavior.
If you are a shopaholic then rush to MBK Center / Siam paragon . Doesn't matter wherever you rush to since it doesn't matter. One enters into Mall A and exits from Mall B . See !!! This is how malls are inter connected with each other. And if you are in Siam Paragon mall then don't miss out the Sealife Bangkok (formerly Siam Ocean World) .
> It's time to visit the largest mall in Bangkok. THE MBK MALL. It is 8 stories building with more than 2000 shops, restaurants and service outlets. It's a one stop for all shopaholics... there is something for everyone here, be it an electronic maniac or fashion diva. Yes you can buy your souvenirs for cheap from this place.
It is not only the largest market in Thailand; in fact it is the World's largest weekend market. Around 200,000 visitors come here everyday (although most stalls remain open only on Saturday and Sunday). You can find local handicrafts, delicacies (even live animals!), to clothes etc. on its 15,000 stalls located here. A shopper's dream, you can literally send hours here!
This markets sells pretty much everything. No really, you can find pretty much anything here. Chatuchak is a massive maze of stalls, so you may want to avoid splitting up; unless you’re with someone who knows the market well. I’ve been utterly lost in this market before.
It is a weekend market spread across 35 acres in Chatuchak and is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. It was a little overwhelming and confusing as it was our first time in the market. You'll get a hang of navigating inside the various branches of the market in a while. From clothing to accessories to books to pets to home decorations to antiques, I was surprised at the sheer variety of merchandise this place had to offer.
This is a place not to be missed, If you missed this then I will say your visit to Bangkok was incomplete. Local food , local products , the biggest market ever.
Chatuchak weekend market (Jatujak Market) is the largest Market in Thailand and one of the largest weekend market in the world. It spread across 27 acres altogether 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. It’s must visit place on weekend. Previously only local people use to shop from here, but now it has become the must visit tourist and shopping destination in Bangkok. You can shop everything from here whatever you want. It is divided into 3 parts: Weekend Market, JJ Plaza and JJ Mall Dept. store. I suggest that you go with the flow, otherwise you are just going to struggle. They will lead you somewhere anyway.
Wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot and drink , drink and drink because you will be sweating like anything. For more: Click Here
Recommended length of visit: 4-5 hrs.
Opening hours: Wed and Thurs (Plants and Flowers): 6am to 6pm
Fri (Wholesale Market): 6am to 6pm
Sat and Sun (Miscellaneous): 6am to 6pm
How to get here: The best way to reach here is by BTS to Mo Chit Station. After getting down just follow the crowd and will come to know that you have reached.
What to find here: Everything whatever you want.
Queen Sirikit Park or as we lovingly call it, Dragon park because of the large golden sea dragon statue. It’s a large green with play area for the young ones and a parking garage rooftop walking area that drinks the sunshine. On Thursday and Friday, one can visit the trendy Indy Market for cheap clothing, sweet drinks, live music and handmade wares, shirts, or jewelry.
Chatuchak Market opens during weekends and its one of the worlds largest weekend markets, it is so big, i couldn't walk everywhere, it had more than 15000 shops that sell literally everything, food, clothes, animals, animal bones, animal skin, kitchenware etc
You should visit if you're into cheap shopping.
Chatuchak weekend market is great for both shopping and food. It is a rather huge market and will leave you walking through different areas exploring. Before you know it, almost an entire afternoon is gone!
There are tons of street vendors selling coconut ice-cream and i strongly recommend to get one. The price depends on the number of toppings you choose for your ice-cream, perfect for the scorching weather.
Besides the ice-cream, there are stalls selling pork buns and chicken/pork satay which you can easily grab and go while you are shopping. Oh yes, and don't forget the thai ice tea!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 - 18:00. It was roughly around 45 mins from our hotel, including the pit stop at a jewellery emporium(don’t know why the cab driver took us there). Cab fare from Sukhumvit to Chatuchak – 200 Baht. It is the biggest market I have ever seen, infact it is the biggest weekend market in the world.
You get everything here, be it clothes, pets, food, electronics, plants, antiques, cock fights, street musicians..you name it. Be ready to find strange things which you would never expect on your plate. What is the use of travelling to foreign lands if you are not ready to try the local lifestyle and cuisines.
Tips for tourists : carry cash as most of the shops here don’t accept cards or you may have to walk a long way to the nearest ATM. Be prepared as you may end up buying more stuffs than you expect.
This was one of my favorite Bangkok moments. Chatuchak Mkt is a weekend only market, and what makes the experience so interesting is that you can get everything that you ever wished in your life at incredible prices. All that while having a Chang beer and some great Thai food:)
If you love to shop, then plan to spend a few hours getting lost in Chatuchak Market. Chatuchak is a massive maze of stalls, so you may want to avoid splitting up; unless you’re with someone who knows the market well. I’ve been utterly lost in this market before.
Once the rain abated, I made my way to my next stop which was truly a one of its kind experience. Chatuchak market is the world’s largest flea market sprawling over a massive 27 acres! This market is only a weekend market and has over 15,000 stalls selling goods and artefacts from all over Thailand.I got to the market to be greeted by a bustling crowd. Many were tourists like me who were exploring the sights and the sounds of this place and some were serious shoppers who went about their business of haggling aggressively.The information kiosk handed me a map of the market place and after glancing through its sections, I dove right into my favourite zone, the food section! My stomach was craving for some delicious Thai cuisine and the aroma of the freshly cooked food was making my mouth water. I settled for a Thai coconut soup with fish balls followed by some meat on skewers laced with a spicy mint sauce. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I indulged in my ever favourite pancakes with mango and syrup!
The Forensic Museum is also something we missed as we landed there during holidays but has alot of interesting things to offer. Once again the fresh flower market will need a whole day almost to capture another side of Bangkok but if you have the time, then these are experiences definitely that will you make the whole experience wholesome. Handy Tips The boba tea is a must do local tea, it is available at most MRT stations and touristy areas and it is a very bangkok thing to do.While going to the airport the skyline is absolutely well-connected and the best to use and save alot of bucks on the cab.The Chatuchak Market is huge and has a lot of variety in jackets, boots and bags and also some clothes so spare a half day and visit there on a Saturday as you are bound to splurge alot of time and money there.The coconut ice cream available at the Chatuchak Market is to die for and one can't miss that out.All the places including the Chatuchak and the Siam road and malls are well-connected by the MRT, which is pretty easy and safe to use unless ofcourse you are in a group of 4, in which case Tuk Tuk and Taxis are the best bet.It's not just the Tuk Tuk walas but also the Taxi walas bagain, so never hesitate to bargain absolutely anywhere in Bangkok they are well used to it and ofcourse with a pretty sweet smile on the face please.
I also visited the Chatuchak Weekend Market which is one of the world’s largest market covering 35 acres and home to more than 8000 stalls. I got lost in there a lot of times, that big.You will basically get everything you want in there at bargainable prices. Since the market is only open on the weekend, make it early at around 9 am. And literally shop till you drop.Classes- Bangkok has a variety of fun classes to offer, be it at Bounce Inc, or an Aerial Silk or Trapeze class or a MMA class to Cooking classes. You can book a slot online and give it a go.
It is located next to the famous Chatuchak Market and has a good in house food court too. Duck noodles, oyster pancakes, pad thai etc are available here at a slightly higher price than the rest of Bangkok. Tor Kor is in reality an upscale food market of the Thai rich and powerful and beauty along with rubbing shoulders with tycoons do not come cheap.Papaya Vintage is not a market but high on my must to list. A warehouse, located in the suburbs of Bangkok, Papaya Vintage is like a shop you have never seen before. A seemingly decrepit warehouse, its messy corridors are stacked with thousands of vintage toys and collectibles. A sort of museum, I have been told that Papaya also sells its vintage eclectic collection at a hefty price and charges more to allow photography.
Shopping - The best thing that you can do in Bangkok is shop. It is indeed a shopping paradise. Shopping anywhere is cheap but you will get some real dirt cheap stuff in the street markets. Prominent amongst them are the Chatuchak weekend market and Pratunam market. Chatuchak market has around 27 sections with 15000 stalls. You can find anything and everything in the world at one place from handicrafts, toys, clothes, bags, accessories, antique wood carving, local souvenirs, garden decorated plants, trendy fashions, food. Do not forget to carry the market map. It will help you in locating stalls that sell your requirement and save time. Pratunam is a similar street market but smaller than Chatuchak. You can also consider shopping in malls like Central Plaza, MBK, Platinum which are not highly priced.Floating markets - These markets are located next to body of water and vendors sell stuff like fruits, flowers, trinkets, food from their boats. Visiting a floating is like a half day tour. Most of these tours start early in the morning and last for 4 hours. Most of the best floating markets are located at around 80-90 kms from Bangkok.Street food - I have a separate blog on Thai food. Massage parlors - Every street on Bangkok will at least have 2 massage parlors. A traditional Thai massage ranges from 350-400baht for 60 minutes. They also offer neck and shoulder massage, foot massage, oil massage and a variety of other services. I had taken the traditional Thai massage and it was worth every minute.
Many tourists visit Bangkok for a day or two for the incessant shopping options the city provides. The many small, colorful boutiques offer a range of choices at the best prices. Chatuchak market is the best place if you want to splurge. After this, we went to two places which do not usually make it to many itineraries: the David Beckham temple and Chao Mae Tuptim shrine. The multifaceted side of the city can be seen when the sun sets. Experience the popular and dynamic nightlife of Bangkok. We visited the New Calypso Cabaret to see the ladyboy cabaret perform in a costumed extravaganza.We decided on spending our last two days in peace and quiet at the Kom Samet Beach, away from the bustling and chaotic roads. It turned out to be a beautiful choice. This quaint and serene beach was the best way to end this trip along with a great Thai massage. Bangkok is a city that slowly unleashes its charm. It’s not just a city of temples and traffic, but has a lot more to explore, especially with night markets, bars and street food. One day or one week, this city doesn’t disappoint.PS- This trip was taken before the protests in Bangkok since January 2014. Things might be a little different now.
A city exploration is incomplete until some shopping is done. The best place in Bangkok is Chatuchak market consisting more than 8000 stalls ranging from Clothes, Foods, Artifacts, Books, Flowers and what not.This is basically a weekend market open on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.6. Travelling the city by Sky Train :The safest, cheapest and smartest way of transportation in this era is using the Public Transit and Bangkok has one extremely efficient system with a highly functional BTS Sky train services. These High speed Light Rail Transits are connected with the Metro Rail of the city via several Multi modal terminals. A traffic jam prone city like Bangkok has a sigh of relief with this facility. The service saves time, allows to save some more money and at the same time provides an amazing aerial view of the whole city while on board.7. Enjoy the Sea World :
The next day, head to Chatuchak market. It's better than any market you've ever imagined. There's all sorts of stuff on sale from the fashion things to home decor to reptiles and cactuses and birds and water creatures. There's a load of neat stuff to eat at well. Stuff yourself, because yolo right? Now, if you can make your way out of the Chatuchak maze, try the river cruise.
Every traveller is involuntarily partial to one particular destination in the world. For me, that spot has perennially been occupied by Bangkok. The city has taught me every travel lesson in the book. Right from helping me become street smart to reading maps like an expert. It has also turned me into a master of sorts when it comes to playing impromptu rounds of dumb charades with the non-English speaking locals. I am now capable of emulating accents like a pro, much to the amusement of my acquaintances. And then, I firmly believe that Bangkok could award degrees in the art of bargaining considering how it is a major learning centre for the same. Take a trip to the massive wonder known as the Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will know exactly what I am hinting at.
Ah, this is an Indian man's favourite destination. Your cousin or distant uncle must have told you how "funtastic" Bangkok is, and they weren't kidding. The place is a melange of beautiful beaches and ancient Hindu temples, and the people are really hospitable all over. The best part is, tickets are cheap!Must do while here: Go monastery hopping. Visit the Khaosan Road to experience the outrageous nightlife.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 3,000Best Hotels.Read more about Bangkok.
Every year Bangkok experiences a rise of 0.8 degree Celsius and along with temperature fluctuations, flooding has become a present reality for the city. In last few years Bangkok's issue with climate has speed up drastically and a future with irreversible effects.
Day 6, Jan 9th, 2017: Our travel agent had left us to our own devices for this day, so we decided to visit the floating market, another unique thing to Thailand. There are a few floating markets around Bangkok, and we were taken to the Damnoen Saduek Floating Market. We rented a taxi from the hotel to take us there as it is an hour's drive from Bangkok. We crossed lush countryside as we headed for the market. The tickets for an hour long ride on the long-tailed boat along the canals was pretty expensive, 1000 Baht. The roar of the engine sounded loud as we chugged along the narrow canals. We were met by a burst of color and sound as we reached the main area of the market. You can disembark from the boat to stroll the shops in the marketplace or u can choose to browse by boat. Houses on stilts on the banks can be seen in some places. The floating market is colorful and fun at the same time. Each time you want to inspect something from a shop or buy something, the boat rider slows down to make it convenient. The shops sell everything from bags, wallets, belts, beautiful scarves, Thailand t-shirts, dragon printed shirts, coconut shell artifacts. It is an unique experience. We made a stop at a coconut factory and shop, it is strange how every part of the coconut is used for making something. I got some tasty fresh coconut treats to take back home, the lady at the counter even let me taste one.My friends visited the Golden Buddha Temple after we returned back from the floating market and then were taken to a gem factory. We spent our evening shopping again at Indra Mall and nearby areas. This was officially our last day in Thailand as we would be leaving the next day, although we did actually have another day since our flight was late night.
Day 5, Jan 8th, 2017: After a leisurely breakfast, we set out for Bangkok. Our stay was at the Ecotel Hotel, which was the least favorite of the three hotels we stayed in during our trip. We had relegated all our shopping to Bangkok since we had heard it was the most appropriate place to shop for cheap and trendy items. It was noon by the time we arrived at Bangkok and I skipped the day tour as I had been to Bangkok earlier, and decided to concentrate on shopping. The Indra mall was where we did all our shopping. There was everything available and at very reasonable rates, need I mention you need to barter well. The evening was spent shopping and then we visited the massage parlor for a leisurely massage before retiring for the night.
I love the bright chaos Bangkok offers me. I look around and my eyes pop out at the various colors that whoosh past me. I love your city at night with the lights and the sky train that shoots past over my head. While here, I am certain of how to start and end my day; you wrap your arms around me and lead my way.
If Bangkok were a person, the safest term to describe its personality would be ‘eccentric’, perhaps even downright insane. One night in Bangkok can indeed make a hard man humble and the tough guys tumble. It, after all, is a roller coaster of a city, bringing you down at one point and then introducing you the highest of highs. Thailand’s capital is energetic and passive, bright and dingy, welcoming and cold, all at the same time. I consider myself fortunate enough to have seen the multiple facets of Bangkok on seven different occasions. And every single visit has left an indelible impression on me, for all the right reasons.I first arrived in Bangkok when my age was still measured in single digits and the cacophony that made up most of the city was more nonplussing than anything else.
When I was planning my trip to Thailand, I didn't know where to start. I also was not prepared to fall completely in love with the country. Here's a simple plan to get the best of Bangkok, especially if you have to get back to office on Monday (boo!). So, 48 hours (you might not sleep much). Here's all the things to do in Bangkok. Your time starts now.The first thing that hits you about Bangkok is that it's overwhelming. You'll be so torn in which direction to go and what to do first. Just soak it all in. And make sure that there's another trip to Thailand in your future, because one just won't do! There are so many things to do in Bangkok.
We landed in Bangkok after a 16 hour journey that included two curries courtesy of Air India, numerous Bloody Marys and the sum total of 3 hours sleep between us. Rach achieved a respectable two hours; I got one. Mainly thanks to the guy sat behind me on the plane using his ginormous sausage fingers to treat the touch screen in my headrest like a particularly rusty typewriter. After ten minutes I thought he would wear himself out. After twenty minutes it became apparent he would not and by then I had decided that I was too polite (too English) to say anything. Which is how I found myself face down on my food tray listening to Chariots of Fire for two hours. Excellent soundtrack, by the way.So we arrived at Bangkok airport somewhat tired, smelly (well I did, Rach cannot generate body odour), and disorientated. Having collected our baggage, we stepped outside. Bangkok is hot. And humid. We felt as if someone had wrapped us in a thousand duvets.Fortunately there is a very efficient and easy to use system for getting a taxi outside the airport. We immediately got it wrong. On our second attempt we showed an extremely happy taxi chap our hotel address and name. He loaded our bags into the back of his taxi. He double-checked the address. He asked me if I had the telephone number of our hotel. I did not. He unloaded our bags back onto the pavement.A helpful lady at the service desk found the telephone number for our hotel and we found ourselves in our second taxi. This taxi chap was a different kettle of fish. No smiles, all business. He drove us out of the airport and pulled in two minutes down the road. He stared at the address we had given him. He studied the telephone number. He called the hotel. Rach and I nodded to each other, despite our tired brains we knew that this was our man. He politely informed us that the telephone number was not recognized and confidently drove us into the night.It was a very uneventful drive through heavy traffic into Bangkok old town, punctuated by just one traffic jam. During this jam our driver took a gulp of water, opened the car door, spat the water onto the road and then let rip a prodigious burp. He delivered us safe and sound to the hotel 15 minutes later. I liked him.Casa Nithra is a wonderful hotel. We were welcomed like royalty, and given a cold flannel at reception along with something sweet and mysterious to drink…at least, we hope it was something to drink. Too late to worry about that. They checked us in and upon entering our room we performed a celebratory dance. Next came showers, a couple of beers from the mini bar and sleep.
Have a couple of days to spare in Bangkok and you ain't keen on shopping? Then... attack the food! Especially... street food.Street food in Bangkok is relatively cheap, plus it is authentic and yummy. If you are a foodie and yet do not want to spend a bomb eating your way through Bangkok... you have come to the right place :)Street food in Bangkok is easy on your wallet and satisfies your stomach!