On Day 3, both my mom and aunt dissed the idea of heading Chatuchak Market with us cos’ of humidity and crowd. They had been to Chatuchak before when they were there eons ago, hence giving it a miss wouldn’t make much difference to them. They had their free and easy time near our hotel since they weren’t that familiar to navigate around, while my sister & I went ahead with the itinerary!
Location: Chatuchak Market
Operating Hours: 9am to 6pm
BTS Station: Mo-Chit
To me, Chatuchak Market is a must-visit as they have everything from furniture to antiques to fashion to food etc. You’re bound to be lost in the massive crowd and maze-like place. If you found anything nice, do not contemplate anymore. JUST BUY. Chances of you locating that exact store is….almost zero. Zilch.
Here’s a guide to make your shopping easier:
Section 2-4: More trendy stuff (hipster & fashionable)
Section 2-6, 10-26: Clothes and Accessories
Section 8-11: Handicrafts
Section 1,3,4,7,8: Furniture and Home Deco
Section 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27: Food and Beverages
Section 7: Art and Gallery
Section 1, 26: Antiques and Collectibles
Section 2,3,4,5,6,22,25,26: Miscellaneous and used clothing
For food, a must-try when you’re there: Drumstick duck noodle stall!
Location: Chatuchak Market Section 4, Row/Street 52
I’m not exactly a fan of duck so I had the chicken drumstick, which doesn’t pale in comparison actually. The meat is tender and flavorful, and soup is rich. If you prefer rice to noodle, they do serve with rice.
Location: Union Mall
Operating Hours: 11am – 8pm
Subway Station: Phahon Yothin
We headed for Union Mall after. I would suggest to only go Union Mall IF you’re at Chatuchak on the very same day cos’ the underground subway station is just right outside Chatuchak Market and opposite Mo Chit Station. It’s right where Chatuchak Park is. You’ll easily spot it as you walk along the fences to Chatuchak Market from the BTS station.
We managed to maneuver out of Chatuchak smoothly and walked straight to the underground subway station, which looks like worlds apart from their BTS. It looks very new, air-conditioned and modern, much like Singapore’s MRT stations.
Once you’re at Phahon Yothin station, follow the signs to Union mall, you’ll see the yellow building in no time. The station is situated outside Union Mall. What I love about Union Mall is, in this 6-storey high mall, you’ll rarely see repeated range of clothes and are almost completely different from what you see at Platinum Mall. I liked the fact that the walkway is broader too. Downside is, they are pretty costly as compared to places like Platinum Mall and Chatuchak. On average, the clothes are retailing at about 500-700 baht, some good steals at 200-300 baht.
Location: Union Mall, Level 4
For lunch/dinner, head up to level 4 for Boat Noodles @ only 12 Baht! But of course, the portion is very humble, which is the reason why you’ll see stacks of bowls at the tables. It reminded me of sushi eating – you stack the plates once you’re done and you pay for the number of bowls emptied. What’s Thailand if you don’t try Boat noodles? (: By the way, they have a few restaurants at level 4.
After much walking and shopping, we headed back to hotel to offload our hauls. The BTS we took that morning was quite a walk from our hotel so we decided to try alighting at another BTS, which was said to be nearer to our Hotel – Chit Lom. However, we couldn’t really locate our hotel from afar. I mean, the surroundings don’t look familiar at all. I kinda liked exploring and getting lost anyways. Had we found our way or took the usual route, we wouldn’t have had the chance to check out these cool food trucks and pop-up stores, which are aplenty in Bangkok! Bangkok sure is fast becoming a hipster city!
We were supposed to check out Artbox at night alas, it was relocated and rescheduled as they were moving to EM District. What a bummer! I was delighted to know they will be at QSNNC when we were there but it was short-lived. Anyways, if you’re interested in visiting Artbox, PLEASE DO. They have live bands, tons of hand-made stuff, unique food – quite a cool hipster hangout. I’ve heard many raves about it. To avoid disappointment and to keep yourself constantly updated, do follow their Instagram Account.
Alternatively, we wanted to check out Talad Rot Fai 2, but it was about 6 going 7ish when we set off. We thought it’ll be too late to go over so we changed plans to visit Siam Sqaure Night Market again since we didn’t complete the whole market the first time round. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open on that night when we went! Boo. Another bummer!
Oh well, we walked around Siam Square for a bit before heading back to hotel.
On to Day 4!
[Post contributed by Genecia Ng]
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