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Bangkok Trip Day 4 – Part 1: Famous Chatuchak Market

by Taufulou

Our Bangkok trip – After we return from Pattaya stay over the night, we hurried and check into our next hotel White Palace Bangkok, which is located on the other side of Bangkok which is nearer to Platinum mall and Chatuchak Market area. .

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This hotel was recommended by my friend as she previously stayed here that with cheap price and strategic location. Right outside this hotel there is a very long night market which we have miss it due to insufficient time.

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Hotel is pretty decent which is simple and nice that is hidden behind some housing and office area. . .

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A simple double room, neat and clean is something that we are looking for as most of the time we will be out and just need a place to rest. If I am not mistaken this place we paid about RM120 per night book over Agoda.

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White Palace Bangkok – http://www.whitepalacebangkok.com/

Location:
40 Soi Petchburi 15 (Somprasong 3), Phayathai
Rajtavee Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Tel: 66 (0) 2255 2701

Right after we throw all our luggage into the hotel room, we head to one of the most anticipated or well known or all my friend said its a must go market. The locals call them J.J market.

 

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All getting ready, hat ready, leg ready, and the most important is get ready your pocket as you will spend alot in this world famous or South East Asia biggest weekend market. This place is known as Chatuchak Market as I said the locals call it JJ Market.

Back to 56 years ago in 1978  JatuJak Market happen whereby a goverment policy to transform the Royal Plaza or “Sanam Luang” (Royal Park) into a leisure ground. As from then the market evolve from the name of Pahonyothin Market to then later in 1987 change to Jatujak Market.

Its so well known that, if you come to Bangkok and did not come to Chatuchak market its like having sex never cum! Not complete.

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Why is that so my friend said its a must visit market as it host more than 8,000 stores selling variety of items in this market. Products ranging from Street food, hard to find antique and some people rate this market as the imported version on Portobello Market in England. If you are a bargain hunter, love to bargain, this is certainly one of the market MUST VISIT by you as it offer alot of items in low price and divided into 8 product zone.

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This place is really huge, and I mean its huge! My friend often advice me be there early as you will never finish walking and I critise them back, are you sure its that big. When I am there only I realise how big it is and by looking at the map, my Jaw Dropped!

This is how big this market is, and you see the little lining in between the stalls, it indicates the stalls in between.

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As we arrive while Goft is waiting for us in the market to bring us a hidden gem inside this market itself that is one of her favourite stall that she seldom miss whenever she is here.

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There is a little ally that host many of this little food stalls and be sure you know how to find your best food under this one HOT roof! walking in here is burning and we are sweating non stop.

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Its a place also not many locals know about it as only the regulars know~ Its a small little stall that runs by husband and wife.

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According to Goft, if you want to look for this place, just print this picture out as its with the name of the stall in Thai that I do not know how to read and translate. . 😀

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Goft told me that this chef and his wife are both MBA holder and hold quite a high position in a company and as he loves to cook, he jus operate this stall just over the weekend also to look for some extra cash.

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If you ask me when I am here, I will just point what ever pictures they have on the wall luckily we have Goft that had help us to order all the food.

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All are very hungry, sweating, and found ourselves like in oven.  To hunt for good food its not always easy especially good local street food.

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When we saw the price in the menu, its obviously cheap and cant be said too much with its location too.

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His own secret mix of various types of chili sauce.

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Goft is very camera shy` ish!

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Tomyam

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Fried Lala

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Fried Kang Kong

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Prawn

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All the food that she help us order, its all damm good even this ommelet, well fried not too oily and its just perfect to go along with rice.

Its one of the best authentic local food we had so far and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me to those of you that are visiting Chatuchak Market!

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The challenge is how do you locate this stall as its very easy. After you see this Kamphaeng Phet MRT station turn to your right which you will see

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KarmaKamet Secret World as the stall is located this section! Ask anyone in there they should know when you show them that picture.

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There are a few ways to come to Chatucak Market. One of the easiest way is by MRT as Bangkok is famous for its traffic condition therefore take MRT and stop at this station – Kamphaeng Phet as its just located direct below the market. Right inside the station there is a Tourist Information Center that will provide all the traveling details and convenience services, meeting and resting place along JJ Market.

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As what Goft advice us where to meet and which landmark to look far as this place is massive huge that will get lost easily. .. So always located back this station then she can located back us~

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So let the walk and hunt begin! The super huge market where farmers and craftsmen carefully selected their agricultural and handmade products out to become a wholesale.

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of course must take lots of pictures.. .

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In the ally, the its not a huge walkway as there are a few people standing there and stare at some of the items it will start to create human traffic jam around that area. Its narrow that if you want to pass you have to squeeze through.

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As the market evolve too, it has now have street performer to make the whole market even more lifely~ Music, Food, and enjoying your shopping is something very hard to resist or its near perfect.

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This coconut desert stall is swamp by alot of people and we decided to join the crowd.

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You can choose to have young coconut which is very refreshing under this hot weather yet something tell us to try something better. ..

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Which is this Coconut Ice Cream Desert.

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Shave coconut slice  .. .

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Top with a scoop of coconut ice cream. . .

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Then add with some peanuts, nata decoco and  some other ingredients. .

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This is the end product. .!!! Its not too sweet yet can bite small tiny slices of coconut in the ice cream, very aromatic not too milky and combine the whole sensation under this hot weather, what could you ask for! I ended up having 3 of this by myself! Damm good!! –Highly Recommended!

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Malaysia we have teh tarik and Bangkok too,

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they are more aggresive as they pull the tea with 2 pot at one go from very high till very low. . The tea is so sweet till I can only manage 2 sip and I have throw this whole thing away. Their sweetness level is like our normal teh tarik with double shot sugar!

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I do not know what is this but according to Goft its one of the most famous snacks around the area. I do not know how to enjoy this only manage one bite, yet Nancy and Collen like it. . .

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Tatt need alot of energy and he went to buy whole box of mini egg. *faint! No one wanted to help him finish it and after lots of forcing, we all decided to help.

When you come to Bangkok, Chatuchak is one of a must visit place, of course you have to plan your trip as the market only open on weekend from 10am – 5pm.

More information on public transportation please click here 

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7 comments

foongpc 05/01/2012 - 2:30 am

Wow! The food looks delicious! I’ve been to Chatuchak but never tried the food there! Thanks for sharing! : )

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mimid3vils 05/01/2012 - 10:37 am

Love shopping there despite the hot weather 😛

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Caroline 05/01/2012 - 10:20 pm

rm120 per night consider cheap! summore book from Agoda! 😉

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Caroline 05/01/2012 - 10:21 pm

and omg! the foods! looks soo yummy!!

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Kaye 09/01/2012 - 12:15 am

Only RM 120? OMG! That’s way cheap considering how the room looks like, with bath tub and all. When we stayed at Piccolo Hotel in Bukit Bintang last month, it’s thrice this hotel’s amount and although it was really lovely, we didn’t have a bath tub. thanks for sharing! i will definitely consider this hotel when we go to bangkok. have a good day!

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Taufulou 09/01/2012 - 4:37 pm

ehhh..really? that is quite a nice hotel eh . . heee,, i was lucky to get that price cuz a promo price. .

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