With narrow pathways, nonexistent air-conditioning, overcrowded areas and some smelly spaces, you’d think this weekend market would be terrible a waste of time. However, Chatuchak remains to be one of Bangkok’s main tourist attractions garnering close to 200,000 visitors a weekend! Rock-bottom prices and abundance and variety of items from exotic animals to local designer clothes continue to pull people in, myself included. My tip is to get yourself a map to zero in on zones you want to spend time on. Also bring a shopping bag and a bottle of water. Arrive early as it tends to get busier in the afternoons. I must warn you though, it’s not for everyone. My dad hates it but I, however, can tolerate it for a couple of hours 🙂
Hello from Bangkok– land of major Buddhist temples, traditional water fights, unbeatable shopping, and flavorsome curry!
“Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destination cities. MasterCard ranked Bangkok as the global top destination city by international visitor arrivals in its Global Destination Cities Index, with 15.98 million projected visitors in 2013. The city is ranked fourth in cross-border spending, with 14.3 billion dollars projected for 2013, after New York, London and Paris. Euromonitor International ranked Bangkok sixth in its Top City Destinations Ranking for 2011. Bangkok has also been named “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure magazine’s survey of its readers for three consecutive years since 2010. “ (Wikipedia.com)
The capital of Thailand attracts visitors of all ages, races, and wallets! Everything is within budget, whatever your budget is—Khao San Road is for backpackers while The Peninsula is for well-heeled tourists. It is one of our favorite places to visit—food is lovely, people are pleasant, and shopping is second to none! And if rock-bottom prices in Chatuchak Market and Platinum Mall aren’t enough, the Amazing Grand Sales from July 15 to August 15 will knock your socks off! Imagine a plethora of branded clothes, jewelry, designer bags, and even electrical goods with a flashy red sign saying S-A-L-E at the store door!
Shopping aside, a major reason for selecting this place is because my DH (Darling Husband) missed Thai food so much (there are a lot of Thai restaurants in Dubai but it’s a bit “westernized” already) that he asked me to book tickets to Bangkok.
I, the trailing spouse, will go anywhere with him (umm..maybe with dangerous countries as the exception) and planned this holiday with pleasure.
With wallet-friendly rates for trips around Asia and now Dubai, it was automatic for me to choose Cebu Pacific Air. Lucky me because at the time of my booking, the company had a promotion wherein 2 adult seats from Manila to Bangkok cost just $600 (about AED2000, Php26,000, or THB18,800). That’s with extra baggage allowance and extra leg room seats already 🙂
And did you know that right now Cebu Pacific is giving away 100 free tickets from Dubai to Manila. Visit this post for more details.
In the meantime, I’ll go back to my sticky rice. More stories on our trip here coming soon.
Stop by early in the day at this colorful market and get your share of fresh veggies, aromatic spices, little trinkets, and souvenirs. Many shops are tourist-friendly providing you with cooking labels in English and offering luggage-ready bubble wrapped bottles and jars.
Come back at night to dine in open-air restaurants and get serenaded by strolling musicians.
Guess what I got?? Vouchers! Oh joy! My heart does a little leap when I receive things like this. I consider myself a smart shopper. A good find for me is of great design, decent workmanship, unmistakable durability, and well, not pricey or at least not overly pricey. A good find gets even better if you get them on sale. Or discounted as with these vouchers.
Shop More Spend Less on Weekdays is valid from Sunday (yes Sunday is a weekday in Dubai) to Wednesday, 10:00am to 3:00pm. The Booklet includes “Special Sundays”, offers valid exclusively on Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
My husband found them at the lobby of our apartment building. Just there on the table next to local newspapers and fastfood delivery pamphlets.
I’ve probably just bypassed it before.
If you enjoy deals like I do, check to see if you have these in your area. For those who cant find these red little booklets in your apartment lobby, I made a quick call to The Dubai Mall for you and found out that this is also available at Guest Services. Just go to the information desk at the main entrance (near Cartier) and ask for your complimentary booklet 🙂
In addition, I’ve also subscribed to groupon and cobone for more Dubai deals.
Since we’re already at it, get yourself a copy of The Entertainer too. Everything there is buy one get one free! Ahhh! I can’t believe I don’t have one yet. This has been advised to me by newfound Dubai friends but in the middle of our move, I forgot all about it. My sis reminded me just now when I told her about my little red booklet. I will get one stat!