Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Thailand 2015 trip - Day 10, 11 and 12 (Chatuchak/Jatujak weekend market, Grand Palace, Damnoen water market, Elephant village)

They say time flies when you are on holidays, which was somewhat true for us. Though we were also a little glad that the hectic city adventure was coming to an end, in which led us to another city later.

During the last 3 days in Bangkok, we actually did quite a lot. On day 10, we went to Chatuchak/Jatujak weekend market for some last minute shopping. YASSSS both of us have been waiting for this day since day 1 LOL. We knew that the prices were definitely the cheapest here, and ofcourse, we'd aim to buy in bulk amount.

We actually changed a few stations to get here, even from BTS to MRT. I know there are so many different ways to get there, but the truth is, we found MRT Kamphaeng Phet station was the closest! Honestly it literally get out right infront of the market, whereas other exits from BTS stations have to walk at least 5-10 minutes.

Anyways, finally we got here after the longest journey we've ever been since we arrived Thailand.

I don't know if you can tell from this picture above, but it was SO hot that day. We seriously felt like we were going to melt! No kidding, someone fainted from the heat and ended up being carried away by an ambulance.

Chatuchak was said to be the world's largest weekend market, in which it had about 8000 stalls within. Whatever you can think of, they will have it on sale! I'd say we totally underestimated the size of this market, and our abilities to go through this place.

We had a few focus areas that we wanted to explore, however, in the end we actually only managed to finish about half of the fashion section. It was so overwhelming with thousands and thousands of products hovering around our sights, and I was sure it made us more dizzy than the heat did LOL.

They had some really cool shirts around, and all the other funky designs you can imagine. Unfortunately I couldn't take as much picture as I wanted...again due to laziness of carrying a heavy camera while shopping LOL. But let me tell you this...if you plan to go there, go for AT LEAST 2 days. Most of the stalls are open on both Saturday and Sunday, and it's probably better to get there early in the morning to avoid the crowd and heat.

Apart from all the merchandises, there were also food stalls! Here we found a coconut ice cream stand which was very popular. They mixed coconut ice cream with 2 toppings of your choice, and I think it was around...30 baht or something? (Equivalent to a bit more than $1) They were such an awesome refreshment in that kind of heat though, we wished we had more.

We pretty much spent a whole day there at Chatuchak/Jatujak market, and even that wasn't enough! My hubby was joking about how he wants to live next to Chatuchak market if we ever return LOL. Though seriously, we bought so much here! My hubby was so happy as he almost bought a whole year's worth of clothes here LOL. The good thing was we managed to find a few home decoration stalls among the fashion area, and ended up buying some decoration lights for our home.

After a super satisfying day on day 10, we decided we wanted to go to the Grand Palace on day 11. 

However, somewhat unexpected, we didn't end up going into the actual Palace. WHY? Shall I explain? -___- Well we got TERRIFIED by the flood of tourists in front there! Yes please allow me to use GIANT CAPITAL LETTERS, TERRIFIED. It almost seemed like the Grand Palace was drowning in a large whirlpool of people. We couldn't even walk properly, and constantly having the fear of being stepped on. I wish I did took a photo of the crowd, but I couldn't even take the camera out of my bag at the time. Fortunately the back of the Palace wasn't as scary so I managed to snap this photo above. PHEW~~~

So since that plan failed miserably, we then headed back to the hotel and had went for another round of last minute shopping at MBK. That pretty much ended the day...

The last day however, was a lot better than the previous disaster at the Grand Palace. We actually managed to schedule a day to Damnoen water market (which we planned to go a few days ago, but my hubby was in the hospital that morning) and elephant village by a local tour.

We were pretty excited after we got there, and we couldn't wait to ride on the paddle boat to go around.

We saw these ladies setting up fresh food on the spot inside their boat, and yeah...I was getting hungry but decided to wait till later.

Even though we got there quite early in the morning, there were still a lot of traffic! We had moments when we could barely squeeze in between 2 other boats, though somehow we were all quite amused by this.

Found a lady who sold flowers too...

I don't know if it was just our tour or did other people go through the same route, but we were extremely disappointed later on after we gone further inward. There were one stall after another on both side of the river, and the stall owners would use a long stick (with hook) to grab your boat towards their stall and try to sell stuffs. Everyone in our boat were trying to be polite, but I think one of the lady lost her patience in the end LOL. I mean, we could have gone somewhere else if we needed to buy those souvenirs right? I guess we were all expecting something more like...people in their boats selling freshly made food or similar. I'm not quite sure if this happened to others at Damnoen market? Would love to hear some alternative stories.

Fortunately the elephant village made up for the earlier disappointment. We were all excited to just see the elephants!

We went on elephant trekking for 30 minutes and it was really fun! (LOL more like I was scared to death?!) There was one bit when the elephant went into the water, and we had the feeling of being on a roller coaster HAHA *nervous laugh* If you are interested in watching a small clip, here's my video (scroll to the end): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xmcH31r9Wo. Overall it was a good experience, I 'd totally recommend everyone to go for an elephant ride at least once while in Thailand :)

Alrighty! That shall conclude our journey in Bangkok. But our Thailand trip is not over yet!! For the next 4 days, we are going to be in Phuket!! ^^ Time for some relaxation? Hehe~ come back soon and check it out~~

See ya~!


Thailand 2015 Trip links:

- Day 1 and 2 (Arrival, Central world, Jim Thompsonhouse, MBK, Naraya haul, Greyhound Cafe, Siam, Hello Kitty Cafe, MangoTango) 
- Day 3 (Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat, Wat Na Phra Men, Wat Lokaya Sutharam, Chao Phraya river cruise, Sky Bar at Lebua)
- Day 4 (Cafe at Ease, Khao San Road, Tom Yum Kung restaurant, Chinatown, Always One, YumSaap at MBK, Tattoo show)
- Day 5 (Safari World, Mansion 7, Hot Pot train)
- Day 6 and 7 (Hospital visit, Erawan tea room, Asiatique market)
- Day 8 and 9 (Platinum mall, Manna restaurant, Terminal 21, Nara restaurant)
- Day 10, 11 and 12 (Chatuchak/Jatujak weekend market, Grand Palace, Damnoen water market, Elephant village)
Day 13 and 14 (Arriving Phuket, Kalima Resort and Spa, FantaSea theme park, Simon Cabaret show)
- Day 15 and 16 (Phi Phi Island, Patong beach, Loi Krathong)

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