[Travel] Thailand – Bangkok | Street-Walk Photography at Chatuchak Market

After a day exploring Khao Yai the day before, I wake up quite late and have breakfast at the hotel. We planned to explore the Chatuchak weekend market. At first, I shared a taxi with my co-worker (฿171) and meet with the others in the market. While the others… shop…I take my camera and take a couple of photos. Not many, since we’re quite late and it’s raining all a sudden. Take out much of the enjoyment.

A brief history: The Chatuchak Weekend Market (ตลาดนัดจตุจักร) is located in Chatuchak district (previously it’s part of the Bang Khen district) in 1989. It is also known as the JJ market and has thousands of vendors in various stalls divided by 27 sections (as in 2019).

The market is established in 1942 and move back and forth in several places until it remains on the south side of Chatuchak Park by 1983, hence the name become Chatuchak market. The main market only open on Saturday and Sunday – 9:00am to 6:00pm.

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The Chatuchak Market’s clock tower was built in 1987 to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th birthday on 5 December in the same year.

Now on the market photographs, I like:

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This lady just passing by while we’re waiting for other co-workers to join
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This girl is hammering little ornaments on the (fake) leather wallet
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I like the tattoo of the back of her (his?) neck
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This lady just coming out from all the plastics and home appliances. Surprise me a little bit, but my camera is right on time and position to capture the scene here.
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I take several photos of her (him?) but I like this the best. It captures her (his) complexion and hand movement.

 

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A couple of tourists trying to find the way. The blonde girl reminds me of my aunty when she was young.
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Spices, tea, and condiments store.
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I like how they set up the store here, especially the bael dried fruits.
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This squid is quite popular but when I take this shot, I thought that her (his) skin is smoother and glass-like.
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Hmm yes. Didn’t get to try but looks good.
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I like the stacks of pop-culture here.
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Scent candle making. Such delicate work.
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Oh so sleepy
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Oh hi there, bags store attendant
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Short interaction
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Message ladies – Waiting for customers
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Lady of the store
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2 Guys and a Girl
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Thirsty. I quite like this store. The shirts are fine~~ and the quality is quite good. It’s a local brand. I didn’t buy anything because I’m low on cash but if I can find it again, I would like to buy a shirt or two from her.
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I took several shots of these two white men. I like this the best since the signages above the old man with the glasses say FLAT WHITE and the 300 Baht. Heh.
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I like how he just looks at my camera.
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This is my favorite photo of all photos from the market. The guy is a customer (not the attendant) and he’s wearing a parrot shirt looking for a shirt, I assume, in the styling of what he’s wearing. I like it from the subject matter, the frame, the lighting and the right moment.
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I like her hair. I have several photos of her before I get this one and I like this the best.
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A local gallery that I find interesting. Art and Furious indeed.

Other randoms photos

Even though I didn’t plan to buy anything, but there’s no way you’re getting out from the market empty-handed. I ended up buying a couple of shirts for my niece and my family, some bath and souvenirs for my family for a total of under ฿500 (I’m restraining my self, and it hurts *insert painful grin here.*)

From Chatuchak market, I decided to go to MBK to have lunch via BTS (just around the corner of Chatuchak Market) and stop at Siam Paragon.

But before that, I stop by Sephora in Siam Center, and bought some Kat Von D lipsticks and eyeliner since the brand is not available in Indonesia’s Sephora. Sad to say, I have to use my credit card.

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Then I hop on (walk) to MBK, in the middle of rainy season. My pocket raincoat is busted, but the show must go on! There’s a hawker around the corner of MBK and I have some gyoza ฿200. So while I dried up, I have some delicious gyoza.

Rain in the city is a bitch since it’s traffic and there’s and just my bad luck that the drizzles don’t stop and I’m soaking wet (again).

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After walking and walking and walking, I decide to have another ‘lunch’ or breakfast set for ฿189 in the nearby hostel (just a few minutes walk from the hotel). Finally, I reach the hotel and take a warm bath before getting ready to the last agenda of the trip.

Asiatique

Once we gather around 4 PM in the afernoon, we head for a combo of night life and night market, one of the new(er) happenings in Bangkok: Asiatique. Located 10 minutes from Saphan Taksin BTS station and by the Chao Praya river, this place is like an open street malls with a little play ground, a lot of restaurants and clothing stores from the chick to the street wear.

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We take a night cruise with Chao Phraya Princess, a few hours above the cruise including dinner and entertaintment onboard. Very fancy.

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The best is of course Wat Arun in its shining glory
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The Grand Palace (And Wa Pho to the side…I think)

Finish with the cruise, some of us have 30 or so minutes to walk around. Once the bus arrive, we go back to the hotel for a night rest since early in the morning we’re going to fly home.

See you later, Bangkok, hope to see you again next year.

Thailand – Bangkok Trip

 

 

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