Sunday, July 13, 2014

22062014 ; ✈ BKK Birthday Trip Day 2 ♥

Here comes my day 2 of my BKK birthday trip! :D

It was Sunday and also my birthday eve. :) We woke up after a good night sleep. After done preparing, we had our simple continental breakfast at our hotel, and here we off to Chatuchak Weekend Market to shoppppppppppppppp! :D We had heard a lot of people saying that you can get great bargains at Chatuchak so we were very looking forward to it. :D As you can see the name"Chatuchak Weekend Market", yea so you know it only opens on weekends! Boyf actually planned the trip to include weekend so that we could go to Chatuchak. Same as day 1, we went to Chatuchak by BTS. BTS is so convenient, wish that Penang will have it one day in the future.


Navigating Chatuchak Weekend Market
For first-timers, ‘conquering’ Chatuchak may seem like an impossible task, but worry not. There is a system to help you navigate your way through Chatuchak. Inside, one main walkway encircles the entire market, and it branches off into a series of numbered alleyways called Soi 1, Soi 2, Soi 3, and so on.
These alleyways are grouped into sections, with 27 sections in all. You will find more than one category of goods contained in one section, and the same category of goods will appear again in the other sections. In terms of locating your category of goods, this system is rather useless; but it will come in handy when you try to locate your particular stall or where your exact location is on the Chatuchak map.
Another way to find your way around Chatuchak is to find points of reference as you go along. The BTS and MRT stations as well as banks and numbered entrance gates are good points of references, as you will come across them as you turn corners. Then again, use the map to locate these references to find your correct orientation.

What’s For Sale?

If you can dream it up, Chatuchak probably has it. Here, you will be amazed at the sheer variety of merchandise, whether a Moroccan lamp, an antique wooden chest, a pair of vintage Levi’s jeans, or, on the exotic side, a python.
Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:
  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8-11)
  • Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘antiques’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. For ‘antiques’, don’t trust the vendor when he tells you it is genuine. It’s better to bring along an expert, unless you are happy with what you are paying for. 

Bargaining Tips

Chatuchak Weekend Market is the perfect place for bargain hunting, although whatever you buy here is probably no longer the best deal you can find. So brush up your negotiation skills and be prepared to walk away when the deal fails to go your way. Then, you’ll either be offered a lower price or simply find the same merchandise at another stall. It also helps to do a few practice runs before you actually start buying. Note that a friendly attitude and big smile are your biggest allies in securing the best possible deal.  

Before You Go to Chatuchak

Chances are you will end up spending at least half a day here so it is a good idea to prepare a few things to ensure that your shopping experience at Chatuchak is an enjoyable one.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothing, e.g. shorts and a t-shirt/tank-top
  • Wear comfortable shoes, e.g. a pair of sneakers or sandals 
  • Protect yourself against the sun, by wearing sunglasses, a hat and use sunscreen
  • Bring a backpack for storing your new-found treasures. It is recommended that you wear your backpack on the front rather than on your back
  • Always have bottled drinking water handy 
  • Bring enough cash. Most vendors do not accept credit cards, and it can be a long walk to the next ATM
  • Beware of pickpockets and watch your belongings 
  • Plan to go in the morning, as it can get very hot and crowded in the afternoon
  • Free maps are available from one of the information kiosks

How to Get to Chatuchak

Hop on the skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit station, take exit no. 1 and follow the crowd until you see rows of canvas stalls selling clothes. Turn right while continuing to follow the crowd and you will see a small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section).
Another option is to take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park station (exit no.1), then follow the crowd until you arrive at the small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section). For the plant and flower section, get off at Kampheng Phet MRT station (exit no. 1).
The weekend market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 - 18:00, and Fridays 18:00 - 24:00. Plant sections are also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 07:00 - 18:00.

All information at CLICK HERE! :)


Not much photos were taken at Chatuchak as both of us were busy shopping. :P Plus, the weather was so hot, we didn't feel like taking photo too. Hehehe. Chatuchak has a lot of sections but don't worry, they are well arranged. :) You don't have be afraid of losing because you can actually ask for a map from the police over there. :) Don't really remember what I've bought at Chatuchak cause it's quite a lot lol. I remembered I bought a sunglasses at only 50 baht, it's only 5 in RM, so cheap right! Well, I feel that buying things at Chatuchak is a little bit difficult to ask for discount, because they (Thai) already knew a lot of people come here to purchase stocks to sell at their home countries. All the things I've bought at Chatuchak were all non-discount. It was quite cheap but actually it could be cheaper, just they don't give discount. :/ 



# Mango on her head HAHHA...

# You can see a lot of stores selling dream catchers at Chatuchak. So regret now because I didn't bring them home. :/



# The sunglasses on my face in the photo is the one I mentioned just now that only cost 50 baht. :P Not to forget to mention the headdress on my head was handmade and also cost 50 baht only. So in love with both of them! 


Actually there were still a lot of sections and stores we had not stepped in but our foot were stiffen already. So we decided to go for an authentic Thai foot massage before continue our shopping. :D There is a saying that sounds like this: "If you have not had foot massage, you have not been to Thailand." You can practically see a lot of massaging salon along every road, it's like a concept of 7-11 in Thailand. :)


Felt so relax after foot massage, we went to the nearest 7-11 to top-up our sim card to activate cellular data and rehydrate ourselves. There was no 7-11 inside the Chatuchak Market so we had to pass by a section full of animals with bad smell to get there. They were selling all kinds of animals, literally ALL KINDS such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, chickens, fishes, worms, snakes, goats, and more than you can imagine. @@

Had our lunch there too but sorry no photo as we were starving and forgot to take photo opps. We chilled at Viva Bar Section 8 before heading back to hotel. Kind of like the atmosphere of Viva Bar, we had deejay playing strong musics and served by nice food and drinks. Ordered Iced Mocha for myself, Orange Juice for boyf, and Seafood Paella for both of us. :)

# You will only fall in love with 7-11 when you're in Thailand! 




# This is how I walked at Chatuchak. :P

Back in hotel to refresh ourselves then after that off to Asiatique The Riverfront. :) As boyf had done some research, the easiest and fastest way to go Asiatique is by boat, because it is FREE!! But one thing I need to clarify here, if you are similar to me who don't know how to swim and actually a little bit scare of water, you probably need to calm yourself down seriously when you're on the boat. I personally think that IT WAS VERY SCARY! The water was so near to me like I could almost touch it. I wasn't dare to move when I was on the boat, kept telling boyf that I'm scared!! Plus, it was raining when we were going to Asiatique!! It made me scared even more. >.< But luckily we reached Asiatique safely! Phewww...


 History of Asiatique The Riverfront

Back in the 1900s, during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Asian countries were under threat of invasion from the European superpowers. With great foresight, King Chulalongkorn took the initiative to raise Siam to the level of leading countries of the world and decided to establish relations with Denmark. Included in this process was the construction of a pier belonging to the East Asiatic Company, a business dedicated to the export of teak wood and owned by Mr. Hans Nille Andersen, a Danish national. This pier signaled the beginning of international trade between the Kingdom of Siam (the former name of Thailand) and European nations and was the key to Siam maintaining the sovereignty and independence it enjoys to this day. 
Today, that same area which the East Asiatic pier occupies is being restored to its original glory under the name “ASIATIQUE The Riverfront,” the first and the biggest lifestyle project in Asia on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and soon to become Bangkok’s trendiest landmark.

All information at CLICK HERE! :)




I felt like forever hungry when I was in BKK. As we were starving like hell, once we reached, we quickly found a restaurant to settle our dinner. Not a fancy high class restaurant actually but at least it filled our tummy. 

Another thing I want to clarify is, the texture of chicken in BKK was like !@#$%^&*() :// I don't know is it my own problem or actually everyone who has been to BKK has the same thought as mine. @@ Sorry but I really need to say that! All meals that had chicken which I had in BKK, the texture was all like uekkkkkkkkk, not QQ at all. Once I bit the chicken, its was powdery instead of like chicken we have in Malaysia, the texture is QQ one. Okay, enough with the story of chicken. Lol.

Activity after dinner >> SHOPPING!!!!!
Asiatique is like Sungai Wang in Malaysia to me. 
 Asiatique is located beside the Mekhong River in Bangkok. There were multiple warehouses at Asiatique and each of them is selling different things. The stores there were all pretty in design and well arranged like Chatuchak. You can find almost everything there but their things are not as cheap as Chatuchak. :)



# Beautiful things x Wardrobe Love 


The signature sight of the Asiatique The Riverfront is Mekhong Ferris Wheel. It is very huge that even we could see it from very far on the boat. We kept thinking of taking a ride of Mekhong Ferris Wheel but we were afraid that it would be too expensive. However, we decided to take ride of Mekhong Ferris Wheel before going back. 

Surprisingly the ticket was not very expensive, it was only 250 Baht per person so we were very excited. There were not much people so we didn't have to wait long to get the ride. Actually I was very scared in the space and I kept screaming and asked boyf not to move around. HAHA. It was swinging whenever it moved and I was afraid that it would drop. Apparently my mind was affected by watching too many movies. -.- The view from the highest point of the Ferris Wheel was amazing because we could see the whole Asiatique. 

We took about 150+ photos on it. Call us photo maniac YO! :P








Here comes my favourite purchase of the night AWWWWWW!! ♥.♥
KISS ME DOLL 
I planned to get one before I came as I've read Fighter mummy's, Audrey 's blog. The scarves deeply attracted me. I was in dilemma of choosing which one to buy because they come in 2 sizes and many many designs. Finally, I chose a larger size with unicorn design. It was very lovely and adorable. 
Kind of regret now, I should have bought 2 sizes! The smaller size I can tie on my bag handles and larger size I can wear it. :/ Okay stop regretting, going to get it when I'm going Bangkok again!!!!! I SWEAR!!!


# Look at the design of the shop, caught girls' attention lah!

# TELL ME HOW TO CHOOSE? I WISH I COULD BRING ALL OF THEM HOME!!


# Even the paper bag also as lovely as the scarf. *melt*









Asiatique The Riverfront 

Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight 
Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76 
How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area. 



You don't have to worry nothing to eat as supper in BKK, because you can actually settle your supper at 7-11!! :D After coming back from Asiatique and before going back to hotel, we stopped by the nearest 7-11 to have authentic tom yam cup noodles as our supper! So yummmmmmmmm I can say!! :)






More photos on my FB! 
XOXO


4 comments:

  1. good shots :)

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  2. May I know where do you get your chanel sling bag? It's so small and cute!

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    1. Hey, I got it at Chatuchak. It is chanel inspired jelly bag. :)

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