Markets @ Bangkok
We have a weekend company trip to Bangkok. The main goal is to have Tom Yam Kong and to visit few markets.
The highlight has to be the brief visit to the famous Maeklong Railway Market.
The picture above was actually cropped from a video clip taken from my camera. I waited at a good spot for 10 minutes. When the train arrived, few tourists have no place to stand, so I give way to let them have a standing place. The consequence was that I lost the pre-plan composition to shoot from bottom up on the ground level. I extended my arm to take the video without the viewfinder. Anyway, it was an awesome experience to witness this one of it kind of crazy market.
One has to experience on-site to get the stunning feel of the quickness of the merchants pack and unpack their merchandize along the railway track. The magic was the trolleys, pulleys and wheels.
The Damnern Saduak Floating Market was disappointing (at least to me) because we arrived after 9:30am. The whole water ways were packed with tourist tour boats, and tourists were out numbered the locals. The feel was very different from my last visit on 2003 (reaching 7am) and of course, that was many years ago.
I guess old things will change and new things will appear. The shopping gallery in the new airport was pretty nice.
The skywalk connecting all major shopping complexes nearby Siam station was an excellent pedestrian friendly walkway. I am not a shopping mall person but I did enjoy the theme design of of a few malls, especially Terminal 21.
Every floor has different city theme, from toilet to the security guard uniform, they changes from floor to floor. The giant landmarks were photo friendly (thus attracting many patrons).
The number of dining eateries and food court outlets in Terminal 21 was impressive. Of course, the ‘mother of all markets’ has to be the undisputable Chatuchak Weekend Market.
My personal favourite was the pet section.
It was like little exotic zoo and aquarium. Visitors do have to take note and get permission before taking photos (and also avoid to use flash).
For visitors who love to shop, you can easily spend entire day if you like to cover every lane (soi).
I found that those branded merchandize sold in the shopping malls were not much difference than those sold in Malaysia (in fact Malaysia could be cheaper during Mega Sales). Bangkok does offers lots more variety and choices in terms of brands and price level (from fake to genuine brands).
I did not buy anything (as usual) but having fun with the short visit.
The new market that we visited during this trip was the Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market.
We arrived by 9:30am and the best time to visit is 10pm or around midnight (this is 24 hours market).
Since our flight was on the afternoon, we dare not stay for long and headed to the Sampeng Lane at Chinatown, and also visit the famous wet market in the narrow lane.