Traversing Thailand (Bangkok)

Still in the midst of plans of a Thailand trip sometime in December. Hopefully the plans would go well. But I shall just list down the places I would like to go and hopefully it can fit into the plans well. This post is supposedly for me to plan my itinerary so might as well post it to share with all you guys out there heading to Thailand.

OK I added my comments to what I listed in here, now that I’m back from Thailand. But just to clarify – I didn’t manage to go to all these places listed. So I’m probably gonna refer to this list again in the future if I head to Bangkok again.

First things first:

I am in no way sponsored by this app, but download a Thai Taxi Fare Calculator app on your phone so you can get the rough idea of how much it takes to take you from wherever you are to your desired destination. This is important cos it allows you to gauge how much to bargain for when the taxis you catch aren’t willing to on their taxi meter.

I downloaded it and checked after getting on a first ride and boy, did the taxi driver make a huge profit from me and my friends.

Places to shop around Bangkok:

  • MBK
    • Bargains galore
    • there’s Nikon and Canon stores and whole lot of other clothing stores and food courts
    • 10am to 10pm
    • Siam Station
    • There’s also an arcade there if you wanna try to catch some stuff toys home
  • Emporium
    • Classy
    • Phrom Phong Sky Train Station
    • PS my friend suggested this place but I never got to go there – there wasn’t time
  • Central World Plaza
    • Biggest and most trendy
    • there’s an ice skating rink!
  • Siam Paragon
    • Glamour galore
    • 10 mins walking from Central World Plaza
    • huge supermarket located at the ground floor
    • Kinokuniya bookstore found on 3rd floor
    • affordable shops such as H&M, Zara, Mango, TopShop, TopMan, Massimo Dutti and Miss Sixty can also be found there
    • iStudio, an Apple Store, is also found on 3rd floor
    • Watch a movie at 5th floor
  • Siam Center
    • located next to Paragon
    • DKNY, Armani Exchange, Sephora, MAC, Victoria’s Secret (the only one in Bangkok), Adidas and Nike
    • Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
    • Sky train to Siam Station
    • They have some decorations going on it’s Harry Potter themed currently! (I’m typing this in Dec 2017 so it might hold true in 20 years time)
  • Siam Discovery
    • Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diesel, French Connection, Miss Sixty (these are all on first floor), DKNY, Kenneth Cole, Fred Perry, Calvin Klein, Replay (these are all on 2nd floor), Smart Travel/ North Face (3rd floor)
    • Several good hair and beauty salons
  • Pantip Plaza
    • Mostly electronics
    • Sky train to Chit Lom Station
  • Central Chitlom
    • Sky train to Chit Lom Station
    • first floor full of perfumes and cosmetics
  • Terminal 21
    • Asok Sky Train Station
    • Each floor designed as a city
  • Central Plaza Rama 9
  • Chatuchak Weekend Market
    • Only open during the weekends – Friday nights (1800-0000), Saturdays & Sundays (0900-1800)
    • Alleyways are called Soi1, Soi2, Soi3 and so on
    • Selection of goods:
      • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
      • Handicrafts (sections 8-11)
      • Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
      • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
      • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
      • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
      • Art and Gallery (section 7)
      • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
      • Books (sections 1, 27)
      • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
      • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)
    • Getting there:
      • Hop on the skytrain (BTS) to Mo Chit station, take exit no. 1 and follow the crowd until you see rows of canvas stalls selling clothes. Turn right while continuing to follow the crowd and you will see a small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section)
      • Another option is to take the subway (MRT) to Chatuchak Park station (exit no.1), then follow the crowd until you arrive at the small entrance that leads into the market (clothing section). For the plant and flower section, get off at Kampheng Phet MRT station (exit no. 1)
  • Pratunam Market
    • Every day 7 am. to 6 pm.
    • But then the next door Baiyoke Night Market opens (from 5 pm. to Midnight), so just walk over to the next street and continue to shop. Shop til you drop!
    • Take the Sky Train to Chit Lom station, and walk from there. Follow Chid Lom Rd., till you get to Petchburi Rd which you cross and take a left. Walk on Petchburi Rd till you reach Ratchaprarop Rd., and take a right on Ratchaprarop Rd
  • Platinum Fashion Mall
    • 0900 – 2000
    • There’s a lot of clothes to buy and at very reasonable prices! There’s 4 floors of female clothing and 1 floor for male. The food is located at the top floor. There’s lots of choices – Western, Japanese, and a kopitiam (which is a canteen with many food stalls to choose from – there’s Pad Thai and Tom Yum and many more)
  • Union Mall
    • 1100 – 2000
    • There’s so many clothes shops here!! Awesome to shop at and get all the clothes you want. Don’t rely on Chatuchak having all the clothes you want. If you see it in Union Mall, get it. Chatuchak may not have cheaper options nor does Platinum. The prices here are reasonable.
  • Big C Supercentre
    • hypermart for groceries shopping
    • directly opp Central World
    • Shop here for all your toiletries needs and everything else! There’s Wacoal here too and its so worth the money here.
  • Pratunam Morning Market
    • 4am – 9am best time to come around 5 am
  • Victory Monument Market
    • Boat noodles about 10 baht
  • FBT Sports Complex
    • If you wanna get sports stuff at factory outlets price, HEAD THERE. My friend got a volleyball for around 1380 baht. I got a couple of FBT sports shirts for 99 baht each. My friend also got loads of sport pants. Its really worth it to come to this place!! It’s gonna be on my itinerary everytime I head to Bangkok.

 

Night Markets in Bangkok:

  • Rot Fai Market (Srinakarin)
    • behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall
    • Srinakarin Road Soi 51
    • Thursday – Sunday (1700 – 0000)
  • JJ Green
    • Best visited on Thursday – Sunday (1700-0000)
    • On the same road as Chatuchak Market
    • BTS Mo Chit Station or the MRT at Chatuchak  Park Station. Walk up Kamphaeng Phet Road. The market is located inside the park – just look for the large ‘Jatujak Green’ sign or ask a local for direction
  • Rot Fai Market (Ratchada)
    • Cultural Centre MRT Underground Station
    • Easier to get to than the Srinakarin Market though it’s larger
    • Thursday – Sunday (1800 – 0000)
    • Bargaining is expected, no set price
    • close to Esplanade Shopping Mall
    • Going on weekends may be better, like Friday nights till Sunday nights. Cos I went there on a Friday night and I went there on a Monday night. So glad to have gone on a Friday night cos there was so much more things to buy and eat and shop.
  • Asiatique
    • Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station
    • take the free shuttle boat to Asiatique from Sathorn/ Central Pier (sky train station Saphan Taksin). The free shuttle boat departs every 15 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • There are so many restaurants here! Just pick one and it will be worth your money!!
    • There’s a train for you to hop on and explore the market
    • There’s a lot of clothes to buy there also especially for guys (or well, my guy friends got most of their stuff from there)
    • There’s fish spa there too its 200 baht for 20 mins!
  • Klongsan Plaza
    • Every day from 7 am. to 10 pm.
    • Everything from clothing, jewelry and shoes and cheap prices.
    • Take a boat on Chao Phraya River and leave at Klong San Pier. And you’ll be in the market.
  • Bangkok Farmer’s Market
    • 1st and 3rd weekend
  • Baiyoke Night Market

 

Other things to do or Places to visit:

  • Lumphini Park
    • Perhaps a picnic? or a stroll
  • Rooftop Bars:
    • Moon Bar at 61st floor at Banyantree Hotel
      • 21/100 South Sathon Road
      • 1700 – 0100 Everyday
      • Take the sky train to Chong Nonsi, or metro to Lumphini station, and walk from there
    • Sky Bar Rooftop at 63rd floor at Lebua State Tower
    • Red Sky Rooftop Bar at Centara Grand Hotel
    • Octave Rooftop Bar at Bangkok Marriott Hotel
  • Chinatown
    • Pretty tough to get there cos the taxi drivers don’t want to pick you up in the morning unless you pay them to tour you around the place.

Where I stayed:

  • Cubic Pratunam
    • This was where I stayed at and there was a free tuk tuk that either brings you to the main road or the nearest MRT station, Phaya Thai, and Pratunam Market. The tuk tuk is a necessity for this hotel cos it’s quite deep into the road and cars can’t enter from the main road since it is a one-way street.
    • It’s within walking distance to Platinum Mall and Pratunam Market
    • But it wasn’t that much a comfortable stay. Our TV was not working, nor the toilet flush (we had to call the counter – 101 (they didn’t even tell us the extension number to call the reception we had to guess on our own)) and there were so many mosquitoes! Had to wake up at 2am in the morning swatting mozzies. Housekeeping also didn’t replenish our toilet paper and our towels!
    • There’s a gym but I didn’t get time to use but it seems good. There were treadmills and weights and a cycling machine.
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