The day I’ve been looking forward to most – Chatuchak Weekend Market!!!
I liked travelling with Angel and cousin. They’re both early birds like me. I think we can do much more in a day if we start it off early! Anyway, I think I had better sleep this time because we adjusted the air conditioner’s temperature and I might have gotten used to the snoring. 😛
Woke up, had breakfast, got the hotel to send us as far as they can in their hotel tuk-tuk (it doesn’t have a proper licence so the hotel only provides tuk-tuk service around the vicinity of the hotel), then walked to the nearest BTS Sky train station.
Looks and feels very much like our LRT station. We got off the last station on that line, which is Mo Chit. The market is just right next to the station. Even before we reached the market there were stalls set up by the side of the road. Everything looked so damn cheap! Price wise, I mean.
These are some of the unique things you can find at Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as JJ Market to the locals.
I was a little underwhelmed by Chatuchak. Maybe it was because we didn’t explore the sections I’d prefer to go to thoroughly. However, I did come home with 3 tank tops for myself, a frilly miniskirt (I can even fit miniskirts here – it’s impossible if I shopped in Malaysia!), a pair of flip-flops, cow print bedroom slippers and some other souvenirs.
It was horribly humid and stifling at the market because the place is cramped and crowded. It was even worse outside, the sun was merciless. I got a tan just walking about that day, and we avoided the outside part as much as we could. The toilets are not very nice either, but I suppose I can’t expect much from a place like that.
The worst of all was the food. The stalls looked unhygienic and we didn’t dare to eat food that wasn’t piping hot. The ones we might have gone to were filled with people and the ones without people were serving food that had been out there for a while. We settled for this place we were walking past, even though it didn’t look clean. I wanted to have an omelette, but they don’t serve it even though it’s written on the menu. I chose some noodles and chicken stew, and they served me chicken feet and blood tofu (pig’s blood, apparently). 😕 When it was time to pay, the price is not as what it was stated in the menu. Talk about being ripped off and having the most unappetising meal of our trip!
We left the place about 4 o’clock. Couldn’t take the heat and feet were seriously hurting. Hobbled all the way to the train station and took a taxi back to the hotel. While Angel and cousin took a shower, I watched tv (we had a flat screen tv in our room) and dozed off. They woke up me during dinner time and we decided to have dinner at Platinum Mall which we haven’t visited, so we can continue shopping. (We’re really hopeless shopaholics, aren’t we??)
But to our surprise, the shops were closing when we arrived! It was only 7-ish in the evening. Apparently shops in Thailand close early. This was very strange to us because malls in Malaysia open up to 10pm, and eateries most of the time are open even later than that. So we went out of the mall and contemplated where next to go. Angel and I were keen on returning to Siam Paragon (which we hoped would not be closed so soon, seeing as it is a premier shopping mall and we did recall leaving quite late first night when we went there) when this taxi driver approached us.
He also had a proposition like Khun Shop – he’ll take us to Suan Lum Night Market, which was something Khun Shop told us about when we passed the place the morning of our ‘cultural’ day, for 50 baht only (we recalled it was quite a ride to get there, and that sounds like a bargain!) if we have dinner at this place he wanted to take us to. Apparently he has some customers waiting at this restaurant so he wanted to maximise his trip by taking us there.
We knew he’s getting a commission by doing this and we didn’t mind. He even said specifically that this place is ‘cheap’ and that food at Suan Lum Night Market was ‘expensive’. So of course we were curious what place did he want to bring us to and we agreed in the end.
He took us to this seafood restaurant that was far from cheap! It is impossible that Suan Lum Night Market’s food would be more expensive than here. A plate of fried rice (I don’t know how big, I must admit) costs 300 baht! It was ridiculous. I had some money left but I didn’t want to spend it so lavishly on a meal as I wanted to get some clothes I saw at some shops we went to yesterday night. Angel’s cousin very generously treated Angel and I because she wanted to eat there. She doesn’t quite take to street food as Angel and I did for our dinner the night before.
She was right – the food is good. That’s our tom yum goong and my lord, it was absolutely delicious! I think I had three bowls of it. 😛 Slurped every drop of the sour, tangy goodness. To my surprise, though, it isn’t all that spicy. We always hear Thai food are especially spicy.
That was some fried fish with mango, and what they call a ‘morning glory salad’. Delicious too! I drizzled tom yum goong soup all over my rice and tucked in heartily.
After our dinner, we waited for the taxi driver, who promised to take us to Suan Lum after an hour at the restaurant, but he never turned up. We took another taxi back to the hotel and went around Pratunam again to get the clothes I wanted. I bought a black Grecian style top, a grey cardigan and ruby red ballet flats with a slight heel. Now I can click my heels and say three times… 😀
We then went around the night market at Pratunam. Stalls and stalls of clothes and paraphernalia!