Spending plenty of time in Bangkok's modern shopping centres, we didn't venture out to floating markets or loitered much in night markets like Patpong, probably because we couldn't wake up in time for the former and the latter's sleaziness and fake goods hawkering were pretty boring. Nonetheless, we kept half a day for exploring Chatuchak Market which turned out to be time well spent.
Patronized by tourists and locals alike, Chatuchak Market was probably a place that my mum would love for its variety of restaurant-related products. From utensils to furnitures, tablewares to kitchenwares, everything was available at wholesale prices as delivery companies standby ready to ship your purchases to anywhere you want.
As we strolled along in the hot weather, this little ice cream store caught my eye and I knew that it would be perfect for cooling myself down. A hand signal later, the experienced owner was assembling mine with ease.
Coconut Ice Cream (฿30 ~ SGD 1.20)
Creamy and flavourful, the ice cream was a pleasure to eat along with its mix of nuts, tapioca and nata de coco cubes. Let's move on!
More food stores! Some that I was keen to explore but the girlfriend was fearful of a bad tummy, and others that were fun for pictures but neither of us wanted to try. Oh well.
Buskers sighted! Some attractive, some plain odd. This guy deserved a special mention for all that makeup in the weather.
Tired of walking? Have a cuppa here! With a cool-looking lady DJ spinning Bossa Nova and using small wooden crates as tables, this coffeeplace seemed to be pretty popular and was a perfect spot for people-gazing.
Iced Latte (฿120 ~ $4.90)
Take your pick from the wooden menu and wait for your orders to arrive. Music, people, and a nice glass of chilled, sweetened coffee. An awesome way to spend Sunday mornings.
The layout of Chatuchak Market was both simple and confusing. The foolproof, opened-air main street formed a outer ring where you could slowly complete within an hour, while the dozens of covered lanes within the ring was a real challenge to navigate. Products sold here weren't exactly attractive too, with plenty of tourist stuffs and even more counterfeit merchandises. Squirming my way through just to get a shot of the iconic Chatuchak Clock Tower smack in the middle of the market, I rather spend more time at the outer ring.
Coffee, ice cream and kitchen shopping. I will be back!
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak
Click for website and market layout!
Directions: The market is located just outside Kamphaengpecth MRT Station and about 5 minute walk from Mochit BTS Station. A cab trip from downtown will cost you about ฿200 if the driver takes the highway.
Taken with Nikon D70