It’s my second day here in Bangkok. Today is 20th Jan, Saturday, which means… shopping at Chatuchak Weekend Market! We have our breakfast and met up with Kevin nearby the Saladaeng BTS Station at Silom road. Ujin can’t make it with us cos he’s having mild diarhorrea that morning, probably caused by the spicy Tom Yam Kung we had last night. To get to Chatuchak, one have to take taxi or BTS cos it’s quite far from Silom. Of course we choose to take BTS 🙂
Chatuchak is located at Mo Chit BTS Station, the last station and takes about 15 minutes journey from Silom’s Saladaeng station. Similar to LRT in KL, one would have to take the stairs up to the BTS station. The differences are: a) BTS have 2 levels – 1st level are the ticketing and snacks/mags counters, 2nd level is where passengers wait for the train b) BTS have more gondolas than LRT.
We’re here, inside Bangkok’s largest weekend market, Chatuchak! Too bad I can’t find its signboard, maybe we went in from another direction. Anyway, the weather’s pretty warm that day and good for photo snapping. Chatuchak is open on every Saturday & Sunday from as early as 6am until late evening (according to the taxi driver who drove us from the airport yesterday) and visitors will swarm this place for great bargains on souvenirs, food, clothing etc.
The market is so huge and there’s lots more things we haven’t see but we’re already tired of walking. So we decided to buy something to drink.
At first, I thought it was some kind of red fruit but it turns out to be water chesnuts coated with red jelly. The dessert consist of normal water chesnuts, jelly coated water chesnuts and coconut strips in coconut milk and ice. It tastes a bit weird, though, especially the jelly coated chestnuts, maybe because of the food colouring.
Oh my! Roasted pork, smells so nice! But we didn’t try it cos don’t know how to instruct the seller to cut a few small pieces for us lol. Instead, we bought some fried chicken wings. Small but crispy.
We were at the market from around 11.30am till 3pm. Bought some decorations which looks like wind chime but in hornbill figures, 2 big porcelain cups, a few T-Shirt with nasty words (lol), a carved Buddha palm which costs 1200 Baht at first, but we managed to bargain till 700 Baht!(Buddha palm and Buddha head carvings are popular with tourists here). I also bought 2 ties which are said to made from Thai silk, 120 Baht per piece, 2 stainless steel pendants for my siblings, also 120 Baht per piece. George managed to grab a few packets of cashew nuts and fried anchovies. We also took a break at a food stall and had some Siamese kuey teow in soup and pig’s trotter. Didn’t take the pic cos very tired and hungry that time! We also took a cab to go back to hotel cos lazy to walk around with the items.
We put the things at hotel and then, we went out again. George wanna buy an extra CF card for photo snapping so we went to a mall which sells computer stuffs like our local Low Yat (I don’t remember the mall’s name). After that, we took a walk at Central World, a new shopping complex opposite Gaysorn. It’s a big complex but our Mid Valley is certainly larger.
We found a few roadside stalls and decided to have dinner there after seeing a few tables are having mini hotpot! It’s located at the right side of Central World.
Extra order, salt-coated grilled fish. I read before in other bloggers’ blogs where this kind of cooking also available in Malaysia. You can’t eat the skin, only the flesh. The flesh is tender and juicy but not salty.
Headed back to hotel after dinner for shower and went to Patpong for walk after that. And guess what, we were ended at the club for “show” again! ^^” Same type of show but different club. It’s already 2.30am in the morning when the show ended but Patpong is still bustling with patrons. We went back straight to hotel this time, no supper cos worry of gaining weight!