How to conquer humid days like a pro Pinoy.
To tell you honestly, I don’t like it when the heat makes me sweat and wastes away all my hard-placed make up or I touch other people’s body during the process, just… eek. But as we brave for this Bangkok adventure, I’m pretty sure we’ll be going to the Chatuchak Weekend Market where everything’s just cheap but of quality. Spoiler alert: I was able to indulge in two clothing pieces I’m obsessed with currently.
As much as I like shopping and window shopping, I make sure I prepare for the heat without resorting to plain shorts and shirt while I swarm my way into the crowd looking through the thousands of stalls available in this weekend market.
To battle the heat and still feel in style, I packed a casual dress specifically to be used in these weekend market activities. And my hunches were proven true for I felt comfortable while I walked through the stalls (it was also drizzling turning the ickiness up a notch) although I had to occasionally remove my dome hat and tie my hair up instead. I also used closed platform shoes here to save my feet from dirt and feel like I’m on top of things, thanks to the added few inches. The body bag I had was a purchase from the Siam Center because I forgot to pack a body bag where my camera could fit, and yes my trusty cam could fit inside that little thing!
While in Bangkok, I wanted to blend in with the locals, not look like a tourist. I endlessly checked my phone for the right directions instead of a map, I tried wearing clothes that look half as good as theirs (you wouldn’t believe how stylish Thai people are, they’re coming in 2nd behind Korea!).
WEEKEND MARKETS TO VISIT
The Chatuchak Market is known for being one of the cheapest and largest weekend market in Thailand. It’s also more commonly known as the JJ Market with more than 8,000 stalls you can get lost in in a day! So be sure to allot at least half a day if you’re a serious shopper.
How to get there: Just ride the BTS Sky Train going towards Mo Chit (be sure you’re alert on these, it’s one of the many things that needs getting used to in Bangkok especially if you’re coming from a country that has an awful transportation system) then exit at Exit 1 (also important). When you go down, just follow the crowd of people heading the same way! Haha
Talad Rod Fai 2 Market
The Talad Rod market is open only at night time around 5PM onwards. It has more of a vintage feel than a market feel and there’s ton of cool stuff to find! I’m still kicking myself for not buying my brother the shot game found here cause of my fear that it’ll be held at the airport.
How to get there: Ride the MRT (it was my first time and it reminded me so much of the subways of Seoul), or the underground train, going to Bang Sue, this really depends where you’re coming from. Get off at Thailand Cultural Centre and enter the Esplanade mall. Exit at the first floor (you could also go around) then the Talad Rod market couldn’t be missed because of the people.
Watch out for my weekend market adventure! (should be up soon haha)