Dried Food

Some gift from Bangkok, dried fruit… So delicious.

There’s Durian Taste too, but because I don’t like Durian, so I didn’t buy it.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand

I haven’t talk about Bangkok itself. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand.

With a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far Its largest city and Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife may not immediately give you the best impression. But don’t let that mislead you. It is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. Administratively, it is split up into 50 districts (เขต khet), which are further split into 154 subdistricts (แขวง khwaeng), but these are more often used in official business and for addresses.

Credit:
– http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangkok
– http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangkok

I never thought that I will like this city. Just like Jakarta, but with more convenient public transport and more comfortable. I like to walk in the city, even in the day or night, everything is wonderful.
The people is nice, even they barely say English, but They are kind and helpful. The stuff is cheaper especially on Fashionmall or floating market.

I would like to go here again, and also explore another city in Thailand. Maybe Phuket or Pattaya, next time, I will go there.

Siam Paragon Food Hall # Bangkok – Thailand

Siam Paragon Food Court also another food court that recomended by http://www.bangkok.com/. We decided to try it on dinner.

But, when we arrived there, we don’t know what we want to eat. It’s confusing because no english at all. Only picture. T_T
And we ended buy this Thai Noodle:

It’s super spicy. Actually, the taste is not bad, but because the spicy, I can’t enjoy the eat.

Siam Paragon:
– http://www.siamparagon.co.th/
– http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/siam-paragon.htm

Bangkok City Tour D5 # Thailand

Today, our Thai friends didn’t accompany us because they have to back to work. So today, We go by our own travelling skill. 😛

Our first place to visit is Madam Tussauds Bangkok. First, we rode MRT from HuayKwang Station to MRT Sukhumvit / BTS Asok, then change into BTS to Siam Centre, then change again to BTS Silom Line, stop at National Stadium.

BTS Mo Chit Line, ride this to go to BTS Siam

At first, we stop at Siam. And there’s no direction which exit to Siam Discovery Centre, where madam Tussauds take a place. Then we ask the information centre, and she said that we have to stop at National Stadium. So she help us to make our BTS card can be stop at BTS National Stadium, of course we have to pay the additional fee.

After arrive at National Stadium Station, then look for the exit to Discovery Centre. Then walk using sky walk.

The Siam Discovery Centre, open at 10:00, and we arrived there at 09:15. So we have to wait for 45 minutes. T_T

view from in front of Siam Discovery Entrance at skywalk

Web:
– http://www.siamdiscovery.co.th/main.php
– http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/siam-discovery.htm
– http://www.madametussauds.com/bangkok/en/

Madame Tussaud’s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to 1770s Paris. It was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likeness under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the the Palace of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death makes of executed aristrocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in to early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rouges.

Explore the lives of the many notable people that shaped and influenced Asia and test your knowledge of history. Then discover how seemingly everyday objects can provide an insight into the lives of these important figures.

Finally, learn more about Princess Diana’s life as a young girl, married woman, mother, style icon and how she became the people’s princess.

I’m sure you know what’s inside Madam Tussauds. We can meet some actor / actress, President, famous people, but only their Model Wax.

The ticket fee is 800 Baht. But try to buy the ticket from travel agent, which you can see while go upstairs (Madam Tussauds was at 6th floor), and you will get the discount.

Address : Madame Tussauds, Siam Discovery, 6th Floor, 989 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Just be patient when you come here and meet some group tour. Spend much times here, don’t plan anything important after this. So when there’s too many people take photos on 1 spot, just wait and take another photo of another spot which available at that area first. Then after they gone, you can freely take photos.

This poster available on the entrance
Thailand King & Queen

Then we go to Platinum Fashion Mall.

We walk trough the skywalk, passed Siam Paragon. And then go inside the Siam Paragon, until found Isetan. And out from Isetan. From there, just follow the road, until found Platinum Fashion Mall.

Website: http://www.platinumfashionmall.com/

We decided to separate, women and men. So that we can more explore.
Platinum Fashion Mall has 3 building. Unfortunately, we the woman, didn’t know about this. We only roaming around building 3. And we thought, why the mall was too small.

So we the women, finished shopping early than the men. Wowww… It’s record. Usually, the men whom waiting for us. haha..

Then we just found out, that there’s 3 building of Platinum Shopping Mall. They (the men), buy a lot. We (the women), buy just a little. T_T

But it’s okay, at least we have visited the famous Fashion Mall in Bangkok.

Open – Close
Sat, Sun, Wed: 08:00-20:00
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 09:00-20:00

Address: The Platinum Fashion Mall, Juristic Person
222 11th Floor Petchburi Road, ThanonPetchburi, Ratchthevi Phone: 02-121-8000, Fax: 02-121-9009

At night, we decided to shopping again at Union Mall. This time, we go there by BTS and MRT.

First, from BTS Siam, we go to BTS Mo Chit, the last station of BTS Mochit Line. Then we exit from BTS station to go to MRT Chatuchak Market.

the view from bridge crossing
the view from bridge crossing

Today, is Thai people start to work after long weekend. So, it’s traffic.

From MRT Chatuchak, we go to MRT Phanon Yothin.
Union mall was more crowded than when we first come here. Our first come was when Queen’s Birthday celebration, so many people in Bangkok, went outside for vacation. Today, a lot of store were open.

After shopping for a while, then we go back to hotel. Today is the last day of the journey at Bangkok, Thailand.

Mcd # Bangkok – Thailand

Our simple dinner by Mcd at Central Plaza Grand Rama IX.

Wat Talingchan Floating Market # Bangkok – Thailand

When we take trip on boat at Chao Phraya River, we drop by Wat Talingchan Floating Market. It sells snack and food.

Bangkok City Tour D4 # Thailand

Today, our first visit place is The Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง)

The Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวังPhra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. The palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Palace

The Grand Palace is divided into three main zones:
– The Outer Court, home to royal offices, public buildings and the Temple of Emerald Buddha;
– the Middle Court, which is where the most important residential and state buildings are;
– the Inner Court, which is exclusively reserved for the king, his queen and his consorts.

Getting there?
One of the easiest, and most pleasurable, ways is taking the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station, located a top Sathorn “Central” Pier. From there, take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Chang Pier, and then it’s a short walk to the Grand Palace’s main entrance.
Opening hours: daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm except during special royal ceremonies.

Entrance fee is 500 Baht.
It’s inclusive of access to :
> Wat Phra Kaeo,
> The Royal Thai Decorations & Coins Pavilion and Queen Sirikit Museum of Textile, which are located within the Grand Palace compound,
> Vimanmek Mansion Museum on Ratchawithi Road.
Additional 100 Baht for a rental personal audio guide in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin.

So this is why I suggest you came here first then the other’s palace. Because the ticket is inclusive. Don’t forget to take a brochure about grand palace based on your language.

Visitors are required to dress appropriately. These following clothes are strictly not allowed as outer garments for both ladies and gentlemen:
>>> Shorts
>>> Mini-Skirts
>>> Short Skirts
>>> Tight Fitting Trousers
>>> See-Through Shirts and Blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
>>> Sleeveless Shirts or Vests
>>> Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
>>> Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
>>> Sweatshirts and Sweatpants
>>> Wind-Cheaters
>>> Pajamas
>>> Fisherman Trousers

Credit:
– http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/The-Grand-Palace–52
– http://www.grandpalacebangkok.com/

We parked the car a little far from Grand Palace, and the usual Parking Car already full. So we parked the car at a building car parking. It’s near Khao Shan Road. Then we ride Tuk-Tuk. It cost 50-60 Baht from there to Grand Palace.

When I came here, it’s Queen’s Birthday. So there’s a ceremony party inside the Grand Palace. But the tourists still can enter the site.

And when I came here, there’s so many people. Just imagine, only when you want to entering the entrance, you have to queue almost 45 minutes. Too many people come here. And we can’t took a good picture with many people surround.

After walk around the Grand Palace, time for boat touring the Chao Phraya River. It’s private boat, maybe only for 10-15 people.

The Chao Phraya (แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา) is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chao_Phraya_River

We road the boat at the pier in front of The Grand Palace. I didn’t pay attention of the pier number.

There is Chao Phraya Express Boat, that serve at public tranport. You can see the schedule and fares in here: http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/home/

Here’s some scenery that we can took on boat.

After bout touring, we go to Wat Arun.

Wat Arun ” Temple of Dawn”

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun, “Temple of Dawn” is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.

This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-pointedness of mind sought by adepts. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism.

Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Arun
– http://www.watarun.net/

The ticket fee is 50 Baht.
Our Thai friends said, they will wait us at coffee bar right next to Wat Arun. They said, they didn’t want to go to the top. Why?
We thought, it must be beautiful from the top.

But….

OMG~ The stair’s was steep, and the distance between each step was too high.

Becareful when you climb. But it’s worth, because after you arrive at the top, you will see the beautiful scene with view of Grand Palace and Chao Phraya River.

If you bring elder or children, I suggest to ask them to stay at the bottom or wait for you at the nearby cafe.

Don’t forget to preparing to go down, because it’s more difficult then go up. We have to extra careful. And, once arrive at the bottom, I felt that my leg is stiff. T_T

I think, once is enough to go to the top. Next time, we can enjoy the Wat Arun from the opposite of the river, and enjoy the sunrise. Our Thai friends said, you have to go there at 4 o’clock in the morning to get the sunrise.

And don’t forget to enjoy the sunset and the night scene too.
After that, we buy some drink at nearby coffee shop.

Then we ride the public boat which cost only 3 Baht to go back to the opposite of Wat Arun.

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์)

Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai, 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length:[10] the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas ะพุทธไสยาสน์). The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pho

WatPo Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School
Welcome to the original Thai medical and massage school.Here the place where the heritage of Thais’ wisdoms in traditional medicine have been instructed and developed through a long and continually practical implementation.

Conform to the harmony living of human and nature including with a delicate and gentle character of traditional Thainess, Thai traditional massage and medicine is a folk medicine that have been broadly satisfied from time to time. Moreover, WatPoThai massage becomes one of the most world-wide recognized therapeutic and relaxing massage style.

Credit: http://www.watpomassage.com/2014/

The reclining Buddha is so big. We have to put our shoes / sandals inside the bag that they provided before entering the area. The ticket fee is 50 Baht. Open daily from 08:00 to 17:00 with a break on 12:00 to 13:00.

After walk surround, then we drop by Massage Room, to try Thai Massage. We try it for 30 minutes. But many people say, that it’s better if you try for 1 hour.

Before you got the massage, you have to queue. First, you registered, then you will got the queue number. That time, I spend 1 hour and half to queue.

While we traveling at Bangkok, we ride almost all public transportation. Private Car, Rent Car, Tuk-Tuk, and Boat. Now, we ride the bus back to car parking.

If our Thai friends didn’t accompany us, maybe we won’t ride the bus. Because we don’t know what bus number should we ride. Actually, we planned to ride Tuk-Tuk back to Parking Lot, but they said that Tuk-Tuk can’t pass the road back. Only one way road. So we ride the bus.

We ride the bus from Wat Pho to Khao Shan Road. Our parking car near Khao Shan Road.

We rode bus no 11.

Because It’s Queen’s birthday, so for Thai Tradition, at Queen’s birthday, they eat dinner together with their mom. So Our Thai Friends send us to Central Plaza Grand Rama IX.

Picture Credit: http://www.centralplaza.co.th/grandrama9/index.php

We ask them to drop us here because the mall near our hotel. We can use MRT, only 2 station from MRT Huay Kwang. If you want to go here, just stop at MRT Rama 9 exit 2 at level B Central Plaza Grand Rama IX.

We walk around the mall for a while. Then go back to Hotel.

Once arrive at MRT Huay Kwang, then we remember The Mansion 7 just nearby. So we drop by The Mansion 7 first to take some photos.

From the www.bangkok.com, I read that Mansion 7 is a Mall. See this information:

Mansion 7 is a theme mall with a bizarre twist. It’s dark, creepy, and ‘haunted’ by a legend about its late owner’s daughter – so the story goes. The ghost resides in the Dark Mansion, the mall’s main attraction, while the neglected garden awaits you with unique shops and restaurants. From the main entrance on Ratchadapisek Road, Mansion 7 stands like a giant nest with a claw waiting to gobble up passers-by. Upon entering, the Neglected Garden greets you with a fascinating range of shops and eateries. Beyond the garden is the playground zone, a large fairground space lit by a blood-red moon, surrounded by more theme restaurants and bars. The main highlight, the two-storey Dark Mansion or haunted house, awaits at the far end with its curiously creepy façade – and occasional shrieks and screams from those still ‘trapped’ inside.
(http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-mall/mansion7.htm)

But when I came there, our Thai friends said that Mansion 7 is a night club. And open from 18:00 to 02:00.
Address: Ratchadapisek Soi 14

Web: http://www.themansion7.com/

We can hear the loud music from the front side.

Actually, the guard didn’t let us take picture at first. But because the language barrier, so he know that we are foreigner then let us to take picture.

We spend a little time in here then go back to hotel for rest. Good night..

Kopitiam Central Plaza Lardprao # Bangkok – Thailand

We ate dinner at Central Plaza Lardprao, at Kopitiam.

Lunch at Padthai Restaurant # Bangkok – Thailand

Our Thai Friends took us to eat Padthai, the original one. I’m really sorry I don’t know where it is, because we go there by car. It’s delicious, different with Padthai that we eat at Ruan Mai Loui Restaurant. The price is cheaper too.

There’s some kind of Omelet Padthai in here. Some with Oyster, some with Seafood, just order what is your taste.

This is the restaurant name, if you can read Thai, then you might be know where it is.
Is there someone that can translate it for me or maybe you know where it is?
Our drink cup, we will drink softdrink.
Advertiser, called “lalapan” at Indonesia.. 🙂
Padthai with shrimp
Omelet Padthai
It’s like “Gado-Gado”
Omelet Padthai
Omelet Padthai
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
The Chef

Bangkok City Tour D3 # Thailand

Our Thai friends, will be our guide today. She and her sisters pick us at 09:00 at Hotel. Then we ride their car to Vimanmek Mansion Museum (วิมานเมฆ), our first destination today.

Vimanmek Mansion Museum (วิมานเมฆ)

The ticket price is THB 100 for foreigner and THB 75 free for Thai People.

If you went to Royal Palace first, then the ticket can be used to enter Vimanmek Mansion, as well as Museum Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall and Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. It’s a package ticket which valid for 7 days.

We have to wear polite dress (no shorts, no sleeveless clothes). But don’t worry, if you wear short, they sell Sarong, which you can purchased for wear. The price is variety, based on which sarong do you want.

All of our belonging (bags, phone, camera, mineral water), has to be put at Locker and we have to pay the locker. I don’t know the locker fee, because it’s my friend that help us pay. We only can bring money / wallet. And when we enter the building, we have to take off our shoes and put it in the shoes rack.

The Vimanmek Mansion (วิมานเมฆ), is a former royal palace in Bangkok, Thailand. It is also known as Vimanmek Palace. Located in the Dusit Palace complex, nearby Dusit Zoo in Dusit district.

History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimanmek_Mansion

The highlight of the Dusit Park is Vimanmek Teak Mansion said to be the world’s largest golden teak mansion, built with nary a single nail. For all its finery, grand staircases, octagonal rooms and lattice walls, which are nothing short of magnificent, it is surprisingly serene and intimate.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/bangkok/sights/architecture/vimanmek-teak-mansion#ixzz2uaNu0o4K

How to get there by public transport?
Take the Sukhumvit Line and get off at Victory Monument Station (or N3 Station) and go out through Exit No. 3. Walk towards Rajavithee Road and take a taxi, or hop on bus no. 515, 539, 28, or 108, which all pass Vimanmek Mansion.
Credit: http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/06-travel-palace-02.aspx

Website : http://www.vimanmek.com/

Vimanmek Mansion is a Royal Palace which used as the residence for other members of the royal family. You can see different rooms inside the mansion, along with it’s stuff.

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall (พระที่นั่งอภิเศกดุสิต).

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall (พระที่นั่งอภิเศกดุสิต) or the Thai Handicraft Museum is a museum in Bangkok, Thailand.
Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhisek_Dusit_Throne_Hall

Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall exhibits arts and crafts through the Queen’s Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupation and Related Technology. Exhibits include traditional weaving and wood carvings, traditional ‘Mudmee’ silk, and ceramics.
Credit: http://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/16734_info_abhisek-dusit-throne-hall.html

Located right next Vimanmek Mansion, you can go here by walking.
Put your belonging at available locker, then take off your shoes/sandals.

Close on Sunday.
Open from 08:30 to 16:00.
Ticket : 50-150 Baht

We can see Thai handicraft inside the museum. It’s unique, and if you like history, you have to visit here too. I think, Just spend 15-30 minutes is enough.

You can’t take picture directly in front of the museum. You have to walk further loctaion to take picture of the building.

Anantasamakom Royal Throne (พระที่นั่งอนันตสมาคม).

Anantasamakom Royal Throne (พระที่นั่งอนันตสมาคม) is a former reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. It now serves as a museum and is from time to time employed for certain state occasions. The Throne Hall is a two storey construction with a large dome (49.5 m high) in the centre, surrounded by six smaller domes.

It was used as the headquarters of the People’s Party during the four days of the 1932 Revolution (June 24-27), which transformed the country’s political system from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. The first National People’s Assembly convened on June 28, 1932 in this throne hall. After that, it was used as the Parliament House until 1974 when the new Parliament House was opened to the north. However, the old Parliament House is still used for the State Opening of Parliament marking the first assembly in consequence of a general election for the House of Representatives.

Otherwise it is open to the public every day except on Chulalongkorn Day (23 October), the King’s birthday (5 December) and the Queen’s birthday (12 August).

In front of the Hall is the Royal Plaza with the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

Visitors to the Throne Hall should be aware that “appropriate address” is required for entry. This means a sleeved shirt (short-sleeves are OK) and trousers for men or long skirts for women – no shorts, ripped jeans, short skirts or sleeveless T-shirts. Women in long trousers are not considered ‘suitable’. Appropriate attire (a sarong basically) can be purchased if need be when you get there.

All cameras and phones must be left in lockers (which are free). There is an entry fee for the Throne Hall, even if you have already paid to enter the Dusit Gardens. A recorded guide is available in several languages.

Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananta_Samakhom_Throne_Hall

When I came here, the Museum is closed because the next day (August 12), is Queen’s birthday. They was preparing for the party. So we can’t go in the Throne Hall.

Anantasamakom Royal Throne located right next Abhisek Throne Hall. There’s a gate which connected this two museum. But when I went there, it closed. So our Thai friends bring us to in front of the building (in the middle of road), and take picture of the building from outside the gate.

Opening Hours from 9:30 until 16:00, Tuesday to Sunday (ticket office closed 15:30)
Ticket: 50 Baht

Wat Benjamabophit (วัดเบญจมบพิตรดุสิตวนารามราชวรวิหาร).

Wat Benjamabophit (วัดเบญจมบพิตรดุสิตวนารามราชวรวิหาร) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in the Dusit district of Bangkok, Thailand. Also known as the marble temple.

It is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful temples and a major tourist attraction. It typifies Bangkok’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs and elaborate finials.

Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Benchamabophit

The temple is beautiful. For landscape photographer, enjoy this place.

Ticket Fee: 20 Baht
How to go there?
Wat Benjamabopit is one of the few places that is difficult to get to by public transport alone. We suggest taking the Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tewet pier and the grab a tuk-tuk to Wat Benjamabopit.
The other option is to take the Skytrain to Phyathai station and then find a taxi on Sri Ayutthaya road to take you to the temple.
(http://bangkokforvisitors.com/districts/dusit/wat-benjamabophit/)

After eating lunch, it’s time for shopping. And because today is weekend, we go to Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak weekend market, is one of the world’s largest weekend markets covers area of 70 rai (27 Acres) altogether divided into 27 Sections, contains more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand.

Chatuchak Weekend Market,is very popular shopping centre to Thais and has become a popular place to tourists and foreigners who stay in Bangkok, has over 200,000 visitors each day(SAT-SUN) 30% is foreign. There are almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price (not a tourist price), and most vendors actually come from local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs from every parts of Thailand, Buddhist amulets, wooden funitures, hand made decorated flowers, plant, ceramic wares, dools, Thai Bejarong, Chinese wares, graden decorated plants, stones, trendy fashions, silk, hill-tribe outfits, fluffy dogs and more miscellaneous, etc.

Services in Chatuchak weekend market
Media Center, open Wednesday to Sunday 8.00 am – 20.00 pm.
Banks provide foreign exchange deposit.
Electric train around Chatuchak weekend market, service time Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is open
WED-THU (Plants & Flowers) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.
FRI (Wholesale day) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.
SAT-SUN (Miscellaneous) 6.00 am – 6.00 pm.

For further information:
– http://www.chatuchak.org/
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatuchak_Weekend_Market

We go there by car. But our Thai friends said, that if we want to go here by BTS or MRT, you can stop at MRT Kamphaengphet station. It located in the back of the market.

But if you want to go from the front side, you can go to MRT Chatuchak Park or 5 minutes walk from BTS Mo Chit station.

And the Chatuchak Park is so large. I don’t know how large is it, but when I saw it, I thought that I prefer stop from MRT Kamphaengphet Station.

It’s not enough for 1 day to explore each place. I thought, I only walk for 1/4 area. And the hot weather didn’t help at all. It’s too hot. But the stuff here is so cheap. If you really love shopping, I think you have to spend whole weekend in here.

Because it’s too hot, we decided to end the shopping at Chatuchak, then go to shopping mall. We plan to go to Central Plaza Grand Rama 9. But our Thai Friends said, it’s too far. So they took us to Central Plaza Lardprao. It’s near Chatuchak, 2 station from Chatuchak. Stop at MRT Lat Phrao.

Central Plaza Lardprao (เซ็นทรัลพลาซา ลาดพร้าว or เซ็นทรัลลาดพร้าว)

Central Plaza Lardprao (เซ็นทรัลพลาซา ลาดพร้าว or เซ็นทรัลลาดพร้าว) is a shopping complex, owned Central Pattana. The complex opened in 25 December 1982, and was the first inegrated shopping complex of Central Pattana. It is located on Phahonyothin Road at the end of Lat Phrao Road in Chatuchak District, Bangkok.

Central Plaza Ladprao was under major renovation in February to August 2011 due to closure of CentralWorld.

The shopping mall is anchored by a 41,000 square metres (440,000 sq ft) Central Department Store,[8] a Tops Market supermarket and a nine screen 3,000 seat cinema by SFX Cinema, a 565 room Sofitel Centara Grand hotel and the Bangkok Convention Centre or BCC. The shopping mall has approximately 350 stores

Credit:
– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CentralPlaza_Lardprao
– http://www.centralplaza.co.th/en/branch-detail.aspx?id=1

Address: 1693 Paholyothin Road, Jatujak, Bangkok 10900 Thailand
Tel.: +66 (0) 2 793 6000
Fax: +66 (0) 2 514 1341

After eat dinner, our Thai friends took us to Union Mall. Located right next Central Plaza Lardprao.

Union Mall

Address : 54 Lat Phrao Rd, Chom Phon, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand 10900
Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Mall

The mall opened on February 2006. It has 8 floors with a total of 150 000 square meters of space. Furthermore, it houses some 1240 booths and shops and entertainment services.

You can stop at MRT Phahon Yothin, between MRT Chatuchak Park and MRT Lat Phrao.

It’s a cheap mall too. You can bargain in here. If you bought more than 1 items, then it will be cheaper than buy 1 item only.

This is the last place that we visited this day. Time to sleep and gain more energy for the next day.