Day 4-7 of 7
05.22.2011 – Since it’s a Sunday, it’s best to visit the biggest weekend market in Asia. This is actually my second time and still for me, one of the best flea markets I’ve been and personally I love this in terms of its product selection, the maddening crowd and of course its quality items at unbeatable price. We spent the whole day checking out one section to another and bought quite a few stuff for my incoming boutique. We also had our lunch there, a steak and a refreshing lime soda to quench not only my thirst but the super hot and humid atmosphere.
HOW TO GET HERE?
By Train Alight at Mo Chit Station Take Exit No. 1 follow the Crowd because obviously everyone is going there on weekends.
By Taxi Hate to walk? Then you can hire a taxi, especially when you’re in group. Chip in and taxi is still cheap in BKK.
The best time to visit this market is in the afternoon because as the day progresses, the more shops are open and the weather is a little bit cooler. But if you’re really wanting to seek each section then better spend the whole day like I said this market is enormous. Wear something casual and comfortable, don’t bring any flashy and expensive things, bring a bottle of water and make sure to have some cash stash safely. There’s a number of courier if you want to ship out your items and also money changers are available.
Mini food stalls and hawkers are widely available, I suggest you opt for the place where people go. Refreshments are available and make sure to try authentic Thai Milk tea.
PLATINUM FASHION MALL & PRATUNAM MARKET
05.23.2011 – This is really a shopping haven for fashionista and trendsetters who loves to shop and yet don’t want to end up breaking their banks. I’ve visited this mall several times already and this is the right shopping hub for all things cheap and affordable. Of course Chatuchak is way cheaper, but since its a weekend kind of thing, this is your best option on weekdays. And also, if you don’t like the scorching heat and the maddening shoppers then this is your place. Pratunam Market is also around the corner so for cheaper alternatives, it just a few steps away.
HOW TO GET HERE?
By Train The nearest skytain is Chidlom but this is quite far to walk, so I suggest hail a taxi from here or try Tuktuk.
By Taxi Hate to walk? Then you can hire a taxi, especially when you’re in group. Chip in and taxi is still cheap and metered in BKK.
The best time to visit is after lunch and same as Chatuchak as the day progresses more shops are open especially outside the mall area (open area). The mall operates from 10am to 10pm but some shops closes as early as 7pm. Money changers and ATMs are widely available. Try Black Canyon Coffee.
05.24.2011 – For day 6, we went to the sixth largest mall in Bangkok which is known as Central World and just like Siam Paragon, this houses a lot of international and local designer brands, but for more luxury feel still I go for Siam Paragon or Gaysorn Plaza although I heard that the newly opened Terminal 21 is making noise lately. (Update as of 2016)
HOW TO GET HERE?
By Train SkyTrain to E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 9. For Skybridge to Gaysorn Plaza and cross road to CentralWorld via flyover.
Central World also boasts a number of international cuisine and for today we take the pleasure of dining at a Japanese restaurant called AKA. A perfect place for weary shoppers, as you get to enjoy unlimited rounds of grilled beef, pork, drinks and seafood for over 90 minutes.
FLIGHT BACK TO MANILA
05.25.2011 – Our flight back to Manila via PAL is around 10pm and so we really have the whole day to roam BKK once more but instead I do inventory of the items I bought and packed them accordingly and ship them out through a cargo that will reach Manila within 2 weeks. After this, we still have ample time and went to Central World again to enjoy AKA’s unlimited yakiniku.
After Central World, we check out around 6pm at Baan K and headed directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch our flight back to Manila. Always allocate extra time as BKK just like Manila is experiencing heavy traffic. It’s easier if you can just use the Airport train but in case you can’t (like us we have heavy luggage) spare extra time. We reach the airport ahead of time and so we have enough time to do more things like have our luggage wrapped, quick bite at Burger King and Duty Free Shopping.
Hope this help and see you on my next post!