Feb 11, 2017

Bangkok Day 1: Chatuchak Weekend Market & Chinatown

4th-8th February 2017

Mom and I travelled to Bangkok! It was our first time travelling together, just the two of us. It was quite intimidating at first because there were many uncertainties. We didn't really planned our itinerary for the trip, we thought of just going with the flow, seeing what fits well then we'll go for it. After all, travelling spontaneously is probably the best experience ever.

[Saturday, 4th Feb] - The both of us first arrived in Don Muang Airport at 8am in the morning. The first thing we did when we arrived was to buy a sim card. There were many people selling sim cards as we exited the arrival hall. We bought ours from truemove for 299baht, for 7-days.

truemove sim card
After we bought the sim card, we head outside of the airport and we found many public buses which states Mo Chit BTS. So we planned to head straight to Chatuchak Weekend Market instead of checking into our hotel because it was too early to check-in anyway.

How to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market from Don Muang Airport(DMK)?
You can take a bus from Don Muang Airport at 30 baht to Mo Chit BTS and from there you can walk to Chatuchak Weekend Market. The buses can be found outside of the airport. I think this is the cheapest route to Chatuchak from DMK.

1. Chatuchak Weekend Market
The best time to shop is from as early as 9am! The weather won't be very hot and sunny, plus, you can have the first buy of the day which many of the vendors would like because they believe that the first buyer will bring luck to their sales for the rest of the day. You might even see them rubbing their goods with the money you paid.

Chatuchak Market is huge. I am not kidding. If you really take the time to shop, you could probably shop the whole day. There are many many things to see in Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Opening Hours:
Friday 6pm-12am
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-6pm

2. Check-in to our hotel in Sukhumvit
One of the best decision was to stay in Sukhumvit area. It is a very very busy area of the city with many office workers, shopping malls, BTS, subways, busses, taxis and tuk-tuk. Our hotel was at a very strategic area of Sukhumvit. Just few mins of walking to Sukhumvit Subway station and Asoke BTS and also Terminal 21!

taken from google. This was our room

Fusion Suites Hotel

3. Chinatown@Yaowarat Road
We took a tuk-tuk to Chinatown for 200baht. The tuk-tuk guy first said 300baht, but we felt that it was a bit too pricey. So he then agreed to 200baht. One thing for sure in Bangkok, you really have to bargain your price for your transport when you take tuk-tuk, taxi and even shopping.

Fried Noodles
Fried dough with kaya! This is really nice.

Pad Thai
Chinatown was packed with people! We tried some fried noodles which was just okay. I did some research and there was this kuey chap in Chinatown which is very famous. We did went there and queue, but it was too long so we didn't manage to try it. We did however taste a very nice pad thai(photo above) near that kuey chap stall. Fried dough is also famous there! It was served with kaya, and I gotta say, the fragrance of the kaya was SO GOOD. The stall is located at the very front of Chinatown street. Highly recommended! I very much like the whole atmosphere in Chinatown because there are a lot of food stalls to choose from. It is actually famous for it's seafood but we didn't try either because of the long queue. My advice is to just slowly walk along the streets, who knows what yummy food you'll find at each turn you make!

That's all for Day 1 in Bangkok. Hope you find this post useful!


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