Our fourth day in Bangkok was all about hitting Chatuchak. Chatuchak is a popular market in Thailand and it’s only open during weekends. The first time I was in Thailand, we arrived Sunday afternoon, so that didn’t give us enough time to go to this place. So when another opportunity to visit Thailand came, I knew I had to go to Chatuchak no matter what.
We woke up around 9am to get ready and go to Chatuchak. I wanted to try the skytrain but reading the maps got me really confused, so we opted to go ride the popular tuk-tuk instead. Had to negotiate with the drivers since these guys are well known for overpricing especially with tourists. Chatuchak was kinda far from the area where we are staying but it was an awesome experience speeding through other vehicles on the highway.
Once we arrived, we took a map at the entrance and I got started with my picture taking. Chatuchak is a mecca filled with knick-knacks. They were basically selling everything from souvenirs, shirts, bags, handicrafts to animals. They even had snakes and scorpions for sale here. It was literally HUGE. I don’t think we even covered the entire area. They had 8,000 stalls per Google, and I think we only got to less than 10% of it. I got me a really cool slingbag which I really, really love since these are the kind of stuff that can’t be found here in the Philippines.
After walking around for hours, Jim surrendered and asked if we can go back to the hotel. I was a little tired too but I would’ve wanted to roam around and explore the place some more. The area got really confusing though since there are a bunch of entrances and exits around. When we came back to the hotel, we rested for a while and decided to go to the MBK Mall, one of the most popular shopping centers in Bangkok. I was able to find some really shirts there and some more souvenirs to take home. We went home via tuk-tuk and decided to have dinner at KFC, just across our hotel at the Pantip Plaza.
The next day, we were off to the Floating Market in Damnoen Saduak. It was a half day tour but before that, our tour guide dropped us off at the Elephant Village to have some of our pics taken with the elephants there. I love having my picture taken with the elephants. It was a little scary at first but I got used to it. We then went ahead to the floating market, which was an absolute delight for the eyes. We walked around the are and took pictures here and there. We didn’t ride the actual boats in the market coz of too much water traffic, which was a good idea, since it gave us a chance to really explore the area on our own.
At the end of the tour, we all rode the boat to explore the village itself. We got to see these Thai people and their houses in the actual river and had a great time taking it all in. It was a truly rewarding cultural experience, seeing their way of living, which was way too different from what we are all used to back home.
We went back to our hotel and did a little more shopping, then we decided to take a few hours of sleep. I woke up around 9pm and had to really wake Jim and Keith up since I wanted to try some food hawking. I really wanted to experience eating on the streets of Bangkok itself. They had these hawker stalls on the sidewalks of the city, where they were serving meals just like it were inside a restaurant, but this time, they were on the streets! We walked towards one of the areas and had our last dinner there. I just pointed at the menu and had a great time with the other guys there. Some of the other customers near our table were also very friendly and had a little chat with them as well. This experience is definitely one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. Though it’s my second time around Thailand, it felt so good and so rewarding that I was able to share it with my friends and to let them experience the area and the culture as well. Money come and go, but it’s the experience that really lasts forever.Follow @iamthegarysia