Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THAILAND… BEYOND AMAZING! (Off to the Markets, Bazaars and Malls) Part 4 of 5

Off to the markets I made sure I wore my lose pants to make space for the food trips. From fried ants, hoppers, spring rolls, noodles, fruits I had my fill in every nook and cranny. Thai’s know their food. To ask Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers where the best food hawkers were always a hit. Try to hit Chinatown, Yaowarat Road, Patpong, Khao San and get it while it’s hot. Don’t be afraid to scour the streets, hotel food will always taste the same even in another country.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

A floating fruit merchant selling her finest produce to land dwelling tourists and locals
There are a lot of floating markets but Damnoen Saduak is well known apparently used in famous commercials. Getting to the market, I rode in a long slim boat with a cruising speed of an airplane, so fast it went that getting wet was not a problem. It slowed down due to traffic.
Professional boat merchants weave their way along this chaotic but vibrant water way
Traffic on land is a common sight but in the water it was a whole new experience. It got cramped inside the market that boatmen or women had to work their way through to drop us off at the port. 

Vendors minding their own business
Traffic here means good business; while boats are stalled people can already buy whatever was sold on another, fruits, hats, souvenirs and even have a meal cooked to go. It was a chaotic and colorful attraction. I didn’t mind getting stuck in traffic for once.

Chatuchak is the mother of all markets. Everything is sold there; it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a kitchen sink or a horse. Patpong comes to life at dusk, a bazaar of goodies from shirts to exotica.

Shopping Indoors
The facade lighting of Central World changes to different vibrant colors luring shoppers to indulge in retail bliss
Ardent shoppers turn into Olympians making mad dashes here and there for the best bargains. Central World is the largest lifestyle shopping destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Mah-boon-krong or MBK is famous and the most visited fashion mall.

Central Chidlom is the flagship store of department stores and Siam Square for total shopping nirvana.


Something to keep in mind
As a tourist in Bangkok, be aware that your cab drivers and tour guides will insist that you visit their local jewelry stores. If you don't have the budget, you can politely say no or just give them the courtesy of looking around the store place and maybe just buy small items.

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Suggested Accommodations

Lebua State Tower
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Sacha’s Hotel UNO
28/19 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Wattana Bangkok
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