“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
Chatuchak Market, being one of the best-known attractions in Bangkok, was high on our list of places to visit. Shopping was a priority (Sorry Jules, you were outnumbered by the girls). Though the market opens only during weekends, it sure has its fair share of visitors.
Our very strategically-placed hostel provided us easy access to the BTS Skytrain. It was funny that most people in the train were foreigners, and almost everyone alighted on the Mo Chit Station. From there, we just followed the crowd of people assuming that they were all headed to Chatuchak. They all were. 😛
Chatuchak is huge. Initially, we entered the alleys of stores selling handicrafts. Not our thing. Then, there were the rows of seemingly second-hand clothes and shoes. Not our thing too. Then, finally, we saw the brand-new clothes! Yipee!
Though I knew that Chatuchak wasn’t exactly the cheapest when it comes to clothing (I’ve seen cheaper clothes in Pratunam a few years back), I have to say that those in Chatuchak were better-looking. Here, you’d see anywhere from plain cheap clothes, to export overruns, from souvenir t-shirts to imitation ones. You could also find shoes, sunglasses, pants, caps, etc. They have it all. I wasn’t intent on buying anything when I went there, but I already spent a thousand bahts before I knew it!
In between stores, you can savor some snacks — cold snacks perfect for a humid day, and fried ones good for a grumbling tummy.
About four hours later, we were done shopping. We didn’t go to the other parts of the market anymore — which included art works, home decor, and gardening stuff. Good thing we’re all young and single!
Since it was already a bit past noon, we decided to have lunch on the side of the street. We ordered Pad Thai Goong (I still think it’s the best Thai dish ever!). Nom, nom, nom. It was very tasty, plus it surely was authentic. I’m sure my parents wouldn’t have eaten there. Oh, the perks of traveling with friends. Haha!
More on Bangkok next time! Happy travels!