Chatuchak Weekend Market and Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Ride

Chatuchak Weekend Market

          The fifth day of our stay in Bangkok finally came. It was a Saturday, so Daddy Rupert would be spending the day with me and Baby Zuri.  Our plan was to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market in the morning and the Grand Palace in the afternoon.

        Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest weekend markets in the world occupying 27 acres and containing more than 15,000 booths. It is very popular among locals and tourists. It is much like Divisoria in Manila, Philippines where one can find anything and everything at affordable prices. Just like in Divisoria, haggling is also a must in Chatuchak.

          To go to Chatuchak, we rode the BTS Skytrain from the Phrom Phong Station of the Sukhumvit Line that is connected to our hotel all the way to Mo Chit.

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Going up the stairs to Phrom Phong Station, Sukhumvit Line of the BTS Skytrain

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Map of the BTS Skytrain from Phrom Phong to Mo Chit

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While waiting for the train to arrive; Only two or three other passengers were also waiting for the train on a Saturday morning.

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Daddy Rupert aboard the train

          It was a comfortable ride. The train was not too full. From my experience, Thai people are very kind and readily offer their seat to women with children. Upon alighting the train, we were greeted by Bangkok traffic.

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Sometimes, the traffic in Bangkok is also a test of patience just like in Metro Manila. Note that they have bright-colored taxis which are a sight to behold on the road.

 

After a short walk, we arrived at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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This is Chatuchak Market. Sorry, I don’t have a better picture. I didn’t want to keep bringing my camera out in a crowded place.

          Although Chatuchak Weekend Market is said to be very popular among tourists and locals, it is not as crowded as one familiar with Divisoria would expect.  Sure, there are many people shopping and moving around but you will still have your own personal space. You can still bring the children and not regret this decision.  There is enough space to push your child’s stroller through and the market actually offers some things that might interest the kids like colorful birds, puppies and other pets for sale, trinkets, clothes and shoes for kids.  Again, we went there one Saturday morning in April so I don’t know if my observations would apply for other times of the day and year.  Remember to bring water or buy water to keep yourself and the kids hydrated.

          Because we wanted to go to the Grand Palace in the afternoon, we were in a bit of a hurry to finish shopping in Chatuchak. We did not attempt to cover the whole area anymore and just opted to roam around the immediate vicinity of where we entered the market. Nevertheless, we were still able to acquire some good finds.

Ref magnets (THB 100 for 3 or around Php 138 for 3);

Good-quality shirt for Zuri (THB 90 or around Php 124)

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Bangle for me (THB 10 or around Php 14)

Small bag (THB 50 or around Php 69)

Good-quality jelly shoes for me (THB 280 or around Php 385)

Dress for Zuri with elephant design (THB 180 or around Php 248)

 

          Daddy Rupert did not buy anything for himself but found this eatery where we had lunch before going to the Grand Palace.

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Try yummy and cheap local cuisine at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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Yummy and spicy chicken rice for THB 40 (around Php 55). Not bad! See that sauce? Hot! For the kids, just don’t add chili.

 

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Ride

          After lunch, we took the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat to go to the Grand Palace. The boat ride would have been better if done at night to see the glittering lights of Bangkok, but due to time constraint, we opted to squeeze it in during the day. We paid 30 Baht per head for the ride. Zuri rode for free.

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Aboard the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat

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Our tickets

 

          Here are some of the sights during the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Ride.

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For more information about Chatuchak Weekend Market, visit www.chatuchak.org and

www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/popular-markets.htm

          Thanks for reading!

         

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