Friday, September 19, 2014

Bangkok with the girls Day 4 (Last): Chatuchak Weekend Market

5 September 2014

It was our last day in Bangkok so we hardly slept more than 2 hours before we get up for our last round of shopping at Pratunam morning market! Seriously this whole trip was so exhausting because we hardly slept! That was a saturday so it's a must to visit Chatuchak Market as there're more things to see on Saturdays!

 Last "before going out photo" of the trip before heading out to Chatuchak!


Nearest station: Mo chit - It's very easy to get there by BTS and once you get out of the station, just follow the crowd and you'll get to Chatuchak!

Tips

  • Wear light and comfortable clothings as it gets really hot there.
  • Do remember to put thick amount of sunscreen on your body and face because I always ended up looking like a burnt chicken at the end of the day.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as it can take up a whole day if you're going to visit every stall there. Yes it's really huge with tons and tons of small stalls.
  • Plan to go in the morning as it gets really hot in the afternoon. For the past two times I went, it was so hot that my clothes were totally wet from all the perspire.

Chatuchak is a must visit place to me because you can basically find anything here! I personally love the handicrafts section because I could get materials for diy stuffs at a very cheap price! Handicrafts section also sells many things which you can get to decorate your homes such as long lightings, scents etc. Other than the handicrafts section, the pets section is also a must see for me because the puppies, and bunnies there are super cute! Too bad most of the shops wouldn't allow photos of them. Lots of things found there are unique and cheap too! 

One of the famous food to eat there would be the coconut ice cream! Managed to find the popular one after walking for some time. This popular stall is easy to spot as there's always a crowd around it!



 Super yummy and refreshing! Tastes more like sorbet, soft ice kind and not the creamy kind so you just won't get sick of it!


Cabbed back to our hotel after a long hot day! The sun sure made us more exhausted. 
Another plus point of our hotel is that they allow guests to use their shower room near the toilet even after they've checked out! So thankful we get to wash up and change out of our smelly clothes before heading to the airport!
Anyway after we washed up, we went down to their garden place and started packing up our newly bought stuffs. Not to forget that this yeexin actually bought like 10 one litre bottles of thailand yakult back so we were helping her stuff it into her luggage! Thank goodness we upgraded our baggage limit to 100kg the day before! LOL.

Having a monopod and my Casio ZR1200 does the trick for our group shots! Just give it a wave and it would capture using the self wave timer mode!



The hotel also provides the service of helping you call a cab to the airport. As we have too many huge luggages, we had to get a bigger taxi which costs us 800baht I think.

100kg check-in baggage and our hand carry luggages!
 Touched down at like 1am and had to rush home to do some last minute packing before heading back to the airport at 4.30pm with Hubby and Clovine for our Taipei flight!
Sounds really fun and exciting but I was mad tired even though I tried to get as much rest on the plane.

I think I shopped too much and bought alot of clothings because it was cheap because after looking through my buys, I realise I wouldn't wear and haven't worn most of them. LOL.
So I told myself I'm gonna shop smart another time! 

Special buys this time round are the bags at the top which we've gotten from the street vendors outside Palladium mall. It's actually a plain straw bag and you get to choose the designs you want by browsing through the Napkins they have. After that they would use the napkin that you chose and apply it on the bag with lacquear! It's just very cool and unique so I bought like 3 which costs averagely 300baht for one.

Even though I've already been to Bangkok twice this year, I'm already looking forward to return soon for another crazy round of shopping!!! *Ooops my cupboard has officially exploded! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bangkok with the girls Day 2 & 3: Shopping spree!

3 July 2014
Day 3

We girls woke up at 6 to prepare and head out for our real motive of this trip, SHOPPING!
Woke up, washed up and off we went! First stop, Pratunam morning market for shopping!!!!!!!
This place is a must go every single time I visit Bangkok and it's also the best place for the best bargains for clothes!

They open as early as 4/5am! The market right below Baiyoke Sky hotel starts closing at 10.30am and the one that is indoors starts closing from 5pm. Sometimes they even close at 1pm so I suggest that you visit pratunam morning market as early as possible to grab all the best deals! 

Another way to get the best deals is stay at Pratunam area and visit the morning market every single morning as they replenish their stocks every day with new arrivals!!!

Clothings here can cost averagely SGD $3-$5 per piece wholesale price which is 3 pieces and up. The more you buy the more you can bargain with them. If you were to buy only one piece, they can qoute you 250baht but if you buy like 3 pieces and up, it can cost as low as 100 baht per piece! 
So either you buy 3 pieces or grab all your girlfriends and go on a shopping spree! That way each of you can share to get wholesale price!

Pratunam Morning Market

Must try this siew mai which is sold by an uncle who pushes his cart around Pratunam market every morning!
It tastes really yummy so we had this like every time we see the uncle! Haha.

When in bangkok, dress as comfortable as possible and also be as comfortable just like them because you'll walk the whole day chionging for all the cheap stuffs especially girls!

Hahaha see what I mean?! Check out that huge bag of clothings we all got for ourselves! It's not only one but two huge bags!!! We stuffed them all in 2 huge recycle bags so remember recycle bags are VERY important if you intend to shop, the bigger the better!
And let me warn you on how fast the bags fill up so multiple trips back to the hotel to unload is definitely inevitable!

Sunny side up quail eggs which are too cute to resist! 
When in Bangkok, do not be afraid to try their street food because that's where you'll find the yummiest and most authentic thai food!


After the first round of shopping, we rushed back to our hotel for breakfast buffet before it ends at 10.30pm!


The pool area just beside the restaurant.
Didn't had time to swim because our time is all used on shopping and we were just too tired for other things! 
So obviously shopping was more important to us! Hehehe.


We enjoyed the breakfast as there's a huge variety of choices available with a counter that cooks your favourite kind of eggs!

Back to hotel to wash up again because it was so freaking hot after all the crazy spree and weather was a killer too. 



All dolled up and ready for second round of spree!

Instead of trying the crepes from Platinum fashion mall's foodcourt because of convenience, go and look for this crepe stall opposite the mall! Just walk towards the direction of Glow Hotel and you'll find it right under near the overhead bridge!
Cheap good and huge! Must try the one with nutella, banana and coconut shreds!


Most convenient way to get thai food is at Platinum Fashion Mall's food court. Most convenient but definitely not the best taste in Thailand.
Phad Thai Tang Hun.

Sticky Mango Rice.

Wanton mee. Anyway we did not get to try the famous wanton noodles at pratunam because we only happen to pass by it on the last day and it was super long queue!

Do not try the Basil chicken rice there unless you're a SUPER spicy lover.
Even Yeexin the spicy love could not stand the spice!
Too spicy to even tell if its nice!!!!

If you happen to past by breadtalk which is also at the food court level, remember to get this yoghurt drink!
I love how thick yet drinkable it is and the cute glass bottle just made it even better!
A must everytime I go so why Singapore don't have?!

After all the shopping we were too lazy to walk back so we just Tuk tuk back!
I love taking the tuk tuk because I love breeze in my face even if it's dirty. Lol.
But well the girls don't think the same so I wasn't able to tuk tuk much :(

Dinner at some stall near the cross junction at the road opp Platinum mall.
The chicken rice tastes the best among here.

This happens when it's a all girls room with crazy amount of shopping loots! 
Yes we're that crazy because we start shopping at 6AM till late and have daily dose of massage before heading back to the hotel after 1AM!

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4 July 2014
Day 3

As usual we head out at 6am for our morning shopping at Pratunam morning market before heading back for breakfast and prepare for Chinatown!
We booked a cab from a application, GrabTaxi, which Yanntorng downloaded and its really convenient!
You choose to get a metered cab which ends up pretty cheap from Pratunam to Chinatown more commonly know to the Thais as Sampeng lane. 






Chinatown in the noon which it super duper hot but it's still a must visit place because you get to buy accessories in bulks which is really cheap. For example a whole row of ribbon ties costs only 49Baht!
You just have to search through all the shops the for the best deals.
Also be prepared to do lots of walking and perspire like hell.


Of cos our shopping doesn't just ends at Chinatown, we cabbed back to Pratunam area for more shopping and then heading to Big C for more shopping but this time it's for all the snacks!!!


Big C is a huge supermarket where you can buy all your favourite Thailand instant noodles and Tao Kae Noi Seaweed selling by the boxes which is specially priced too! It's located opposite Central mall which is just behind Platinum Fashion Mall. Just turn right once you step out of Platinum mall and follow the pedestrain which will lead you to turn right again and you'll see it! 

Best place to buy all the tidbits which include huge packets of Lays at super cheap prices that also comes with different types of unique flavours! So buying a pack of air with free chips there is more worth it. Hahahaha.

Main thing in this photo is not the tidbits, its the photobomb by my Gucci Sunglasses because that was the last time I saw it!!!!! T_________T
Definitely lost it at the Supermarket while trying to find cardboxes and it I think it dropped out from my top and into the boxes -.-
Was really really sad over my lost because its my favourite and it stuck with me for some time already. 
Totally didn't realise I've lost it until we reached our hotel room!
SIBEI SAD!

So after the big auntie shopping at Big C, we ended up with 3 big cartons of food which made us cabbed back the hotel before coming out for another round. LOL.


Night stalls outside Palladium Mall which is slightly opposite Platinum Mall. 
Here you can get to see and buy lots of handmade and customised stuffs which is great for gifts! Here you get those famous leather passport covers with names for around 120baht and lots of other leather accessories.

Baiyoke Night Market located under Baiyoke Sky hotel is another place which you can find customised handicrafts gifts. Opens daily from 5pm to 12am.


Chanced upon this really cool vintage vehicle there and guess what it sells!


Adorable looking ice creams!!!! We tried the choco coated banana favour and it was so yummy!!!
Chocolate and banana are the best combination ever!




After a long day of shopping, the day disn't end for us because we went back to washed up and headed out for shopping at I forgotten what place and only headed back to the hotel at 4am! But it was a total waste of time because the clothings there are overpriced so the more we walked the more we wanted to sleep. Decided to be alittle more crazy since it was also our last night in bangkok! It was certainly an exhausting trip for us.

Next up will be Chatuchak which is also our last day!