Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market and Baiyoke Sky Hotel


Our first day in Bangkok was free and easy. We wanted it that way actually, so it wouldn't end up like our Hong Kong and Shen Zhen trip back in 2011, overly packed schedule that involved lots and lots of walking. I enjoy a leisure trip better, personally.

Upon arrival, we faced the dilemma to choose between train, tuk-tuk and taxi. Communication was really an issue in Bangkok. The people there don't speak foreign languages or dialects as good as those in Hatyai and Betong. After going through some discussion that required body language, LOL, we came to the conclusion that taxi is the fastest and most convenient way to deliver our exhausted bodies and baggage to where we stayed.  

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
In a taxi to Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Taxi fares are surprisingly cheap in Bangkok, me likey.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
It took less than 15 minutes to drive from Hua Lamphong Railway Station to our hotel. We checked in at the lobby on 18th floor. A pretty decent two single-bed suite was then assigned to us. Every other thing in the room satisfied us just fine except its air-condition which created not-so-loud-yet-extremely-annoying noises regardless it's switched on or off, and the toilet flush sound that traveled from neighboring rooms.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Mini lounge with TV, kettle and a fridge hiding in the cabinet. Free wifi-fi is provided to connect only one device at a time for an hour everyday.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bathroom and toilet are separated. I find it funny not having a sink for you to wash hands in the toilet.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Backlight killed this shot =( You're supposed to see the cityscape of Bangkok behind me!

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
After a quick wash up, we headed out for lunch in an Indian restaurant. Why Indian? Simply because it was already 3 plus and I was starving! So we just randomly picked one nearby. There's a great number of Indian restaurants around to my surprise.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
We walked quite a distance before reaching the nearest BTS station to take skytrain to Mo Chit (N8).

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Tada!!! We finally made it to the world's largest weekend market - Chatuchak Weekend Market aka Jatujak Market. It's a shopping and bargaining paradise for tourists and foreigners from all over the world. 

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
We came across some very interesting local snacks like coconut ice-cream and more.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend MarketMochi ice-cream in rainbow colors. Tempting =D~

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Aww, so cute and sweet the paintings ♥

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chit-chatting over a cuppa when you got tired of walking. 27 acres is not a small area!!!

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chocolate and peanut coated frozen banana!!! Minions would fight for it! Hahaha!!!

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Yum. It was so big that I couldn't even finish it all by myself. Where are you, Mr. Choo?

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Another eye-catcher! It was some sort of pink pearls (pink attracts me, hehe) and water chestnuts served in sweet coconut milk soup. Coconut is the traditional key ingredient widely used in most Thai cuisines, but it's also a nightmare for people who have gastric problems.

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
It tasted a bit like burnt coconut milk.
Very thick, creamy and sweet with a little crunchiness that came from the water chestnuts. 

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
Miniature dogs for sale. They are just the size of my palm or slightly bigger. Aww, poor doggies...

Bangkok Trip: Chatuchak Weekend Market
This was taken around 7.30pm (MYT). Trust me, you wouldn't wanna be pushed and squeezed in a crowd so full of people. However, if you're a hardcore bargain shopper, nothing could really stop you from throwing yourself into an even bigger crowd and soaking up the sweaty scene.

To travel back to Baiyoke Sky Hotel, we took BTS Skytrain (Sukhumvit Line) from Mo Chit Station to Phaya Thai Station, then transited to ARL (Airport Rail Link) to get back to Ratchaprarop (Check out the transit map here). Saved us walking back and forth between these two places.

1 comment:

  1. hi, are you not going back to Australia? :)

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