Where I wrote this: Wrapping up this blog from the lounge at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa
Our second day in Bangkok ended up being more shopping than anything.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
After breakfast we got a tuk tuk out to the nearest metro station and took it to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Now when I say that this market is enormous I am not exaggerating. The area was filled with locals and tourists this day. In our 3 hours there I think we may have only seem ¼ of the market? Sections 3 and 4 were pretty neat and more organized than some of the others I felt like. There was A/C too. This is really a place to roam around at your own place and make your own discoveries as you never know what you’ll find. For the most part vendors sell things clothing items – mainly t-shirts, used shoes, replica branded items. It gets hot here so be prepared and make sure you hydrate often by buying things like shakes or coconut water.
After the market we made our way down to Siam Paragon mall which is one of the newer big malls in town. There wasn’t much to shop around for as it was almost purely brand names so we just went down to the basement floor to eat in the food court. We had some fried fish (Candie’s recommendation) and picked up some other goodies too.
We walked to Erawan Temple which is in a tiny street corner but soon after it started pouring hard. We waited it out for a bit with everyone else under some umbrellas but we didn’t want to sit there forever so we made a run for the covered walkway above.
Eventually the rain seemed to subside so we thought we’d try to make it to the Golden Mount for sunset. The retarded thing is after we arranged the tuk tuk to get us there we find out that it actually closes at 5:30. What the hell! Why do people recommend this place for sunset when it closes before the sun fully sets?? On our way out and before we even hit the main road a tuk tuk passes by…see’s us…slowly backs up and then drives towards us. Man these guys are on the PROWL. It was pretty funny.
Dinner at Nahm was on the fancier side but was good (but spicy) Thai food. I called a few other restaurants before Nahm but all required reservations and didn’t have any tables available for the day of.
To end off the night we had a few beers up at the top of the Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel – Vertigo and Moon Bar. I’ve never done a rooftop bar before so this was a first. Bangkok doesn’t particularly have a distinct skyline so view wise it was just “city” stuff all around but the ambience was nice, wasn’t very crowded and honestly just a chill place to have a beer and chat.
- If you can definitely check out the Chatuchak Weekend Market if you’re in Bangkok on a Saturday or Sunday.
- Golden Mount closes at 5:30 so be there before then if you want to go to the top for the views.
- Sky bar wise the Banyan Tree Hotel one seemed to be a good choice. Another top one on TA was literally called “Sky Bar” but I had read many reviews about it being way too crowded to enjoy it so I thought I’d try somewhere else.
- Breakfast at downstairs restaurant of the Royal Orchid Sheraton
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Siam Paragon mall for lunch
- Erawan Temple
- Wasted trip to the Golden Mount
- Back to Sheraton
- Dinner at Nahm @ Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel
- Vertigo and Moon Bar @ Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel
Check out the Next Day
To read about the next day as we make our way to Chiang Mai for a cooking lesson, head over to Day 20 – Chiang Mai – Thai Cooking Elite.
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