Saturday, July 28, 2012

THAILAND: Shopping in Bangkok


2011 Holy Week SEA Trip


First day in Bangkok is tend to go shopping.  But since its the end of the lent, we go to the Church first.   We ask the hotel lobby staff to write down the nearest Catholic Church, gave it to the taxi driver and he brought us to Our Lady of Fatima. 


The Church was empty, it would be better if there is a mass even if we don't understand a word.  Just want to experience and witness it.  Staffs were still cleaning and preparing for the next mass which is scheduled in the afternoon according to them. 


With its decorations, you know that an important event is celebrated on this day.  Happy Easter! 


They have this prepared for the Easter, and it was nice of them to give us these Easter eggs and a bottle of holy water.  Khob Kun Ka!

We regret that we didn't tried Bangkok's train system.  Most of the time we we're taking a cab, yeah it's not as expensive compare to KL and Singapore but MTR and BTS is still the cheapest way.  Sorry but we are all having an attack of indolence that time hehe... .  Good thing is they allow 5 group of person in 1 taxi and we didn't experience any traffic going from one place to another. 

When you think of Thailand, what comes to your mind?  For me the country is famous for it's beaches, food and SHOPPING!!! 




CHATUCHAK / JATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET
Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok
http://chatuchak.org/

Opening Hours: 
Wed. - Thurs. (Plants & Flowers) 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Friday (Wholesale day) 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Sat. - Sun. (Miscellaneous) 06:00 am - 06:00 pm

Is very popular shopping place to locals, tourists and foreigners who stay in Bangkok.  It is one of the world's largest weekend markets and the largest in Thailand with more than 15,000 booths on a 27 acres.

Here is the map that will help you guide your way. 

http://chatuchak.org/map/chattuchakmap.jpg
Credits to Chatuchak.org

How to get here:

SkyTrain BTS get off at Sapan Khwai Station or Mochit Station MRT, get off at Kamphaenpetch Station.

Bus No's. 3, 826, 27, 28, 29, 34, 38, 39, 44, 52, 59, 63, 77, 90, 96, 014, 408, 112, 122, 134, 136, 138, 153, 159

Aircondition Bus No's. 2, 3, 9, 18, 19, 28, 34, 39, 44, 134, 145, 153, 510, 512, 513

Chatuchak is similar to Baclaran and Divisoria in the Philippines.


Most stalls only open on weekends and there are more than 200,000 visitors each day, but on this day it is not as crowded as expected.  You can find everything here, the market offers a wide variety of products including clothing, Thai handicrafts, trendy fashions, silk, religious aritfacts, live animals, household items, Thai Bejarong, Chinese wares, local souvenirs, ceramics, books, plants, antiques, food etc.  So wear your comfortable shoes  if you want to spend the whole day shopping.


The clock tower, the central point of the market.




FOOOOOODDDD overload!!! Yum!


And i found my twin in Bangkok!


Ang tawag ba sa mga taga Bagkok e Bangkoker? :-P


PLATINUM FASHION MALL
Phetchaburi Road, Pratunam, Bangkok
http://www.platinumfashionmall.com

Opening Hours:
Wed, Sat, Sun - 08:00 - 20:00
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri - 09:00 - 20:00

Thailand largest fashion shopping mall specializes in fashion clothes and accessories retail and wholesale.  The building has 25 floors but from 12th to 23rd is the Platinum Condominium.   

Floor B       :  Jeans and Fashion Clothes
Floor 1-3     :  Fashion Clothes
Floor 4       :  Fashion Clothes and Leather
Floor 5       :  Leather and Accessories
Floor 6       :  Food and Beverage
Floor 7       :  Carpark consist more than 1,500 cars and cargo
Floor 11      :  Inventory store and The Platinum Fashion Mall office ey

How to get here:

According to the Bangkok Shopping guide, it's best to grab a taxi and just tell the driver "Platinum".  But if you don't mind walking in the heat a bit, you can take the Skytrain to either Childlom or Siam Station.

Buying 1 pc is a retail price ex. 1 shirt cost 250 Baht, but for 3 pc or more they can give it for 500 Baht.  So what we do, since we're 5 of us we combine the clothes we want then we get the wholesale price. 


It excites us when we enter the mall so we forget to take picture hehe... busy shopping.  Platinum Fashion Mall is similar to 168 and Divisoria Mall in the Philippines.  We get back here the next day but each of us go on our own, it is easier to shop alone and faster.  We set a place and time to meet before we go back, Platinum mall is just 15 mins. walk to our hotel.



M B K  CENTER
WMBK Center, 444 Phayathai Rd., Patumwan, Bangkok
http://mbk-center.co.th

Opening Hours:
Daily 10:00 - 22:00

Is one of the popular and largest shopping mall around Bangkok.  Eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, handbags, fashion accessories, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVD's. 

Floor 1-3     :  Clothing and shoes, leather goods, cosmetics and hairstyling, toys, gold and jewelry
Floor 4       :  Electronics, mobile phones, CD and MP3
Floor 5       :  International food hall, restaurants, furniture, photography
Floor 6       :  Food center, souvenir shops
Floor 7       :  Movie theaters, bowling and karaoke
Floor 8       :  Movie theater              


We came to MBK on our last day after our free half day tour from the hotel.  We need to cut some of the tour and ask the tour guide to just dropped us here.  There are more souvenirs and food that we need to buy for pasalubong back home.  



How to get here:

Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)  - National Stadium Station, also within walking distance of the BTS Siam Station.
Normal Bus No.  15, 25, 29, 34,36,47, 48, 50, 73, 93, 204
Airconditioned Bus No.  8, 25, 28, 29, 34, 73, 501, 502


Good thing this is our last country visited for our SEA trip.  No more money! butas bulsa hehe... at least we are going back home and need to work work work hehe.  



Back to the hotel, it's a tradition to show what each of us bought specially clothes.  We wear and model it.  Just like these girls, bought the same style and color of this top.  "Girls please lang wag niyong isusuot ng sabay-sabay yan sa office ha, uniform lang?"


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More Thailand Trip here:

Amazing Thailand
Citin Pratunam Hotel
Sirocco Sky Bar
Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
Ayutthaya - Wat Maha That
Ayutthaya - Wat Na Phra Men
Ayutthaya - Wat Lokayasutharam
Ayutthaya - River Sun Cruise
Bangkok - City Tour




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