Our weekend trip last July can only be summarized in one word – spontaneous. As we don’t have a very clear itinerary on what to do, where to go, what places we must visit, and so we just decided to let our feet guide us, let our eyes see what’s in there and let our tummies be full of the different Thai cuisines we’ve been craving for.
In order for us to have an overview, we discussed on the plane which places to go, and since we will arrive quite late already in Bangkok, we just decided to go to Night markets. We landed at the old airport, Don Mueang International Airport, via Thai Lion Air. Our airfare was a bit expensive since we booked our flights quite late already. We took taxi to our hostel, Udee Bangkok Hostel, which I booked via booking.com. This hostel is a bit far from the central but, it’s nearer to the airport. It’s also a bit far from the bts station (Saphan Kwai) and may take atleast 15-20mins walk depending on your speed. Nevertheless, this hostel is of good quality. We had a simple breakfast which was included in our booking (toast, cereals and oats, fruits, coffee and tea, and some sandwiches), the triple room provided and the shared toilet are both clean and spacious, and of course, the owners of the hostel are both friendly and accommodating. However, I do recommend to have a good hostel or hotel in the central part of the city (around Siam station) if you love shopping at night markets since it will be easier and more accessible especially the transportation.
FIRST DAY: Our first stop was the Talad Rot Fai night market at Udom Suk station. From the Saphan Kwai BTS station, you need to take a cab since it’s a bit far. Do endure the traffic jam as it may subside after sometime, and the place is worth it!
A lot of food, clothes, shoes and accessories which are quite cheap and affordable can be found in this night market. As i am always attracted to clothes, this night market satisfied my cravings cos everything is relatively cheap but, have good quality (like those being sold in Ph!). Unlike in Taiwan, the gastronomical side of my being was the one replenished, here in Bangkok, all my stress vanished, shopping! (hehe). We also had dinner here, as expected, even if you say less spicy, it will still be spicy!
SECOND DAY: The next day we decided to visit the temples. Although I don’t practice Buddhisim, I’m fond of going to places like this. Makes me wonder how faith can turn an individual into different being. Anyway, we first found our way to the ferry or the river taxis along the Chao Phraya River. For easy guide, I found this helpful website on how to go the different temples, what boat to take and the costs, and where to alight: Bangkok Ferry Guide
We alighted at Tha Tien pier for Wat Pho and then cross the river to Wat Arun (which was currently being renovated when we visited). We did not visit the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Mahathat as we don’t have enough time.
The passenger boats always come full from different piers so when a tourist ferry came we just decided to board on it even if it cost us more than the normal ferry. As we were very hungry waiting for the ferry to come, we just decided to alight at Ratchawong and visited Chinatown, desperately looking for good food. In the end, we ate some Pad Thai along the streets of Chinatown. 🙂
After lurking around Chinatown, we headed straight to Chatuchak weekend market. If you want to buy anything, you can find it here. However, it’s so big that you really need a whole day (or more) if you want to go around. In order to buy specific things, you can based on the map they have for all the stores inside so you won’t get lost (yes, there’s a possibility of getting lost). I missed Divisoria in Manila actually, cos the prices there are still much cheaper. The only thing I like in Bangkok night or weekend markets are the quality of their products. Though not branded, the quality of the textile and seam are so nice that you won’t think of not buying it. They have a variety of styles and designs to choose from which are in trend nowadays.
After going to Chatuchak, we still went back to the city and spend our last night on night markets (yes, never ending night markets!). We went to Siam Square and Pratunam. We bought some souvenirs and cute stuff for our friends and colleagues. After the long weekend, we went back to our hostel at Saphan Kwai and packed our things for tomorrow’s flight.
THIRD DAY: We just went to Big C supermarket to look for some stuff. I bought one beer and some food. Then on our way back to hostel, we tried the ‘expensive’ tuktuk ride. It’s my fault though cos I did not bargain. I forgot how much it is but, I remember it cost us like the taxi drive from Siam Central to Saphan Kwai. Anyway, after packing all our reamining things, we then headed to the Airport and went back to Sg.
Here are some useful links we used during our 3days stay in BKK: