Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok
We just got back from BKK last Sat and the weather is truly hot. You will surely lug around bottles of water aside from the stuff you bought along the way.
I agree with bkk kd, it pays to do Chatuchak half day in the AM. AM to ensure less humid temp plus less people. Mo Chit is a good jump off point if you will use BTS. I suggest bring the stuff you bought back to hotel and do a leisurely lunch then head off to airconditioned MBK. We did the jogathon and only felt the fatigue as soon as I plopped on my airplane seat back to MNL. Slept 1 whole day to compensate for the running-around-like-a-headless-chicken.
BTW, make sure you are dropped off by tuktuk/cab in NaPhraLan road when doing the Grand Palace tour or risk being approached by touts scouring the palace walls for tourist. You'll be informed that Grand Palace is closed and they will suggest many more interesting places that are open. Entrance fee per person is THB350 for Grand Palace.
Fondest memory: Glorious food available all around the city 24/7.
I would receommend hotels like Holiday Inn Pleonchit or Arnoma (cheaper). Both are located near BTS Chit Lom station.
Chit Lom = Central Mall / Zens / Gaysorn / Platinum Fashion Mall etc
National Stadium = MBK / Tokyo / Siam Paragon etc
Mo Chit = Chatuchak
If u interested in sightseeing, try taking the BTS Chit Lom to BTS Saphan Taksin.
From there, buy an 1-day river pass (Chao Phraya) & travel to piers "the chang" or "tha tien".
The Chang Pier = Grand Palace
Tha Tien = Wat Arun / Wat Pho
Hope it helps in your planning.
I guess our visit to Bangkok won't be so exciting if we didn’t visit Chatuchak…even the friendly taxi driver in S'pore remind us to do so. You can find almost everything here! We will always go to Chatuchak when we visit Bangkok because here we found our favorite cakes made from coconut. When we asked what's the name of this superbly delicious cakes…they said ‘Makunai’. Please correct me if I’m wrong! Don’t forget to try it the next time you’re in Bangkok if you haven't done so. Eat it while it's hot or it won't be so delicious.
Fondest memory: So many thing!
I love this chicken steak. The meat is tender and quite juicy too. Ordered this from one of the stalls in Chatuchak. Cost me about B75 including pineapple juice.
Chatuchak is too big for me...I forgot the name of the eatery...sorry.
Part of my second visit to Bangkok in March 2005.
This is a map of the whole Chathchak Market.
I was standing near the bank and the restaurant area.
The lanes all look the same and you could easily be lost.
If you are buying bulky items and would not wish to lug it around, just deposit with the shop keeper and ask for a name card or map back to the shop.
i did that and no need to carry around the 3.8kg triangle pillow around in hot and small lanes at Chatuchak.
In the middle of the weekend market there is a place to eat and it is very good. It cost under US$5 for 4 people. It was just past the live roosters.
Fondest memory: Make sure to bring your own toilet paper or go to the bathroom before you get to the weekend market, the bathrooms are a hole in the floor and some of the scariest around
Here's a note to highlight. Thai shop owners value their first customer. If u happen to be their first customer, and u have gone thru the bargain process, u better honour ur last price that u have bargain, otherwise they will bad mouthed u and if u walk away without buying, they will close their shop and re-open again. This is because, the first customer is very impt to them. And if u successfully buy the item from the shop as a first customer, they will be very happy to serve u and will use ur money notes to beat the items on sale in their shop while chanting "heng heng, heng heng", means good luck, good luck. Usually they will compromise the bargain of the first customer, provided it is a reasonable price.
Fondest memory: i miss the flea markets and the food there!
Favorite thing: A highly recommended activity on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8am to 8pm. To get there use the new BTS sky train: take Sukhumwit Line, stop at Mor Chit Station, (the last one) and ask as you go out the station . A typicall oriental market, having from handicraft to all kinds of animas, food, clothes or plants...
Favorite thing: Go to the weekend market, if you are in Bangkok on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. What ever you do, do not miss this place, the skytrain will take you right there. There are over 10,000 yes 10,000 different stores here. These squirels are pets.
What a relieve when we see the Chathchak Free Shuttle Buggy pass by.
We hope onto it with all our shopping bag.
Save us alot of time and energy to walk to out of the lanes.