Friday, August 15, 2008

Bangkok Night Market

One good thing about downtime (re: the time you can't travel because of the weather) is that you can systematize your backlogs whether at work or just about anything to do at home. In my case, this is the time where I can arrange all the digital files and photos from my previous trip. More so, since I have no new travels to share, this will also enable me to post some more previous travels I had. Let me start with a trip to the Night Market of Bangkok.

Elephant in the street will keep you entertained.


Shrimps and other Sea foods are available all night.


The cheapest quality clothes are real bargain.


People of every nation try Thai Sate.


The Busy sidewalk till wee hours of the morning.


There is a perfect fit for everyone.


Thais' own Tuktuk - the vehicle of choice in the Markets.



Filipino bargain shoppers are very much used to buy things at Divisoria in Manila at day and at Session Road in Baguio at night. Well, Bangkok Night Market is a combination of those two and more. This is where a bustling busy street at day transforms into a lively bargain center with make-shift stalls and an array of carts at night.

The neon-lit streets lined with stalls and carts is really a mecca for bargain hunters. A cacophony of sound, comes from every door. Raucous karaoke assaults the ears from open bars, bells and whistles pierce the air blown furiously by policemen trying to control the traffic. There is also an elephant adorned with lights that roam the street looking for tourists to feed him fruits and nuts for a measly 20 baht.

The Night Market had everything from clothes, shoes, bags as well as counterfeit cds and dvds. And if you go hungry from hunting for bargains, there are lots of carts selling cooked sea foods, barbecues, soups and noodles. A caution thou because most of these vendors are not concerned with sanitation. In fact, I was surprised when I bought barbecue and the vendor literally handed to me the food holding it not on the stick but in the meat. I even saw people eating noodle soup using their hands. Their street foods are not for the vain.

The all-night market in Bangkok is a fascinating place in which to spend the hours around midnight and into the early hours of the morning. It is noisy, brash, and overcrowded, but I really love it because like everyone else who have gone there, I think I have gotten so much from the money I had - galingan nyo lang tumawad amidst the language barrier.




62 comments:

  1. Parang tanda ko, malapit lang to sa Baiyoke Sky.

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  2. Katuwa yung Elephant sa streets. hehe.

    Naku, ako rin am organizing my files from present to back and which ones to put on the reject folder or the picks folder haha. Kapagod din. But I get to see some images before na di ko napansin and when I try to look for the best files I like mas madali ng makita.

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  3. Oh I love Bangkok. Love shopping and eating there. :) Your blog is full of lovely and nice information on travels. My travelogue blog is idle at the moment cause I dont travel as much as you. :)

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  4. hayyyss...parang gusto kong pumunta dito ngayon na! as in ngayon na!!parang ang daming pwedeng bilhin at ang food itsura palang nakakabusog na..

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  5. Im just wondering what makes Thai sate....

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  6. @ r-yo - korek panyero, walking distance lang to sa baiyoke sky.

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  7. @ ferdz - pareho pala tayo. ako naman per destination pag-ayos ko ng files then back-up ko agad sa cd. medyo nagtatagal lang kasi parang naiimagin ko pa sarili ko at pinag gagawa ko during the trip kaya minsan nahihinto sa pag-save.

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  8. @ alicesg - i got bargain shirts and had my stomach filled with spicy thai foods. but i do love bangkok.

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  9. @ undecipherable indentity - yeah kailangan lang di ka masyado vain kasi halos lahat kinakamay ng vendor doon.

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  10. @ kris jasper van dyke - sate is anything barbecued with syrup or honey yata basta medyo matamis sya at spicy.

    lahat yata ng stall doon tinikman ko tinda kasi nag-uubos na ko ng barya kasi last night ko na doon.

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  11. elephant on the street? sana may ganiyan din dito sa RP. o kaya naman camel on the street!

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  12. Gustong gusto ko din Thai food kasi spicy at masarap lalo na yung barbeque nila tsaka bagoong rice at tom yum. Sarrrap.

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  13. Awesome ! Just like hongkong night market but I bet Bangkok is cheaper and have "much more" to offer hehe :)

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  14. heard so much about these places.
    yun lang puro heard, no actual sight seeing. hehe.

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  15. @ prinsesamusang - meron naman tayo crocodiles sa government eh. pwede na yun lols.

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  16. @ aline - bagay sa blog mo mga food doon. i like bangkok kc kakaiba sa pinas.

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  17. @ vinzent - korek bro. napansin ko lang sa thai food mahilig sila sa oil at spice pero masarap nga.

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  18. @ bw - haha. i hear you bro. does it have something to do with your latest post?

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  19. @ the islander - welcome back. mararating mo din to bro.

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  20. LS: This looked like a fun trip and some great eating through the night.

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  21. I miss Thailand! You have really great shots! I like your blog. It's really interesting to read.

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  22. elephants in the streets! talk about culture shock!

    the street satay looks inviting. i love thai food. i'd probably linger in those streets both for the food and shopping.

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  23. Ive been in bangkok long time ago pero.. sa airport lang. one hour stop over.hehehe

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  24. uy parang ang sarap magshopping hahahhaha. parang ang sarap pumunta jan habang mawawala muna ako dito sa bloggging. huhu.

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  25. @ fishingguy - it is a fun trip and my stomach ate all that it can handle. lols.

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  26. @ the holleys - thank you and welcome to my blog. feel free to visit anytime.

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  27. @ fortuitous faery - bangkok is known for elephants. and these are gentle giants so some pet them.

    i bet you will have a time of your life shopping and eating in thailand.

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  28. @ nanaybelen - ayos po yon pwede na yun. at least napunta napo kayo sa thailand.

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  29. @ tentay - hala. teka. saan ka pupunta? balik ka agad kasi mamimiss ka namin.

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  30. Wow, this is awesome! I always wanted to visit Thailand but have not got the chance yet. You've really captured the vibrant feeling of the place.

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  31. The market sounds interesting and fun but I don't think I would try the food. lol.
    You have some beautiful photos on here. I especially like the boat shot in the post below.
    Thanks for all your visits and comments!

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  32. Thanks for the post dude... Now i felt like i came around the market for some time really... Cool dude.... I like the sea food preparation.... Where is the platform, if all are covered with shops? Here too same problem....

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  33. reminds me of divisoria, mas marami lang and mas maganda ang bangkok. thanks for sharing...para na rin akong nakarating don..

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  34. wow bangkok! naisip ko lang sakaling magwala yung elephant..katakot...dumaan ka rin ba sa famous/notorious red light district nila? hihihhi

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  35. naalala ko ang Divisoria dito.

    yun nga lang may elepante! Lol!

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  36. Another wonderful journey!

    I have a friend who usually goes to Thailand every year and loves it there. He didn't go this year because of the malaria scare.

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  37. @ stanley - thanks. the night market is really awesome. you can also check my previous entries of thailand in my sidelinks. i specially like the chao phraya river cruise.

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  38. @ dot - thanks. you can always try fine dining in bangkok. just be wary of too much spice lols.

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  39. @ selerines - these shops are gone by day and back again at around 6 to 7 pm with their make-shift stalls and carts.

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  40. @ random ramblings - its chaotic like divisoria without the heat. its like session at night with more goods and an elephant lols.

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  41. @ dakilang islander - di siguro magwawala elephant kasi domesticated na eh, pero malay din natin diba.

    dumaan ba ko sa red district? have you ever heard of a banana cutter and pingpong balls?

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  42. @ alexander - the elephant truly kept us entertained while shopping. only in bangkok.

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  43. @ coldman - oo nga pero hamak mas mura at hindi ganun kainit.

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  44. @ carletta - thanks. malaria is scary indeed better be safe than sorry.

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  45. We have street fairs like this in the towns near us. It is fun to go see what is going on and I always run into old friends I don't see often.

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  46. sayang di ko naabutan ang dinelete mong post! hehehh....curious nga ako dyan sa banana cutter na yan nung kinuwenta sa kaibigan ko na ngpunta dyan...pingpong balls? di ko pa alam yun...ehheh

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  47. I suppose to experience bangkok and other southeast asia nations this october but i did not accept the youth program (SSEAYP). Mabye next year. I love to travel. and cool naman, elephants on streets, Cool. :)

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  48. makasakay nga sa tuktuk! parang ang sarap eh...hehehe!

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  49. Beautiful and interesting post full of wonderful night shots! Just great!

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  50. gabi pala ang shopping sa bangkok. okay yun every night pwede dahil sa araw may trabaho. Tuktuk... parang ibon pala ang sasakyan sa thai.

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  51. @ andrea - that's nice to hear. we too have our own small stalls everytime there is a town fiesta that last for about a week. But in Bangkok, night market is year-round.

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  52. @ dakilang islander - medyo rated-R kasi pag dinetalye ko dito pero it has something to do with a "show" in some girlie joints there.

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  53. @ aethen - you will have all time in the future bro. bata ka pa naman. maeexperience mo rin mga elephants sa streets and more.

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  54. @ ifoundme - yup, masarap sumakay doon, presko. medyo maloko nga lang ibang driver pag nalaman na turista ka.

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  55. @ medam - thanks medam. its a fun street at night with lots of things to offer.

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  56. @ redlan - sa umaga masarap mag mall doon. sa gabi, night market talaga. yung tuktuk equivalent ng jeepney satin.

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  57. i love bangkok's night markets! it's where i practice the art of haggling which i don't have much opportunity to do in manila.

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  58. ooo! this is what i want to go to bangkok for! ;-)

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  59. Many thanks with your good story. If i have a chance to visit in Bangkok again , i will go to Grand Palace and looking for the hotel around Kaosarn Road. I think that Kaosarn Road is good for young travellers. Around the street, there are a number of old buildings and temples, some of which have been transformed into restaurants and even tattoo parlours, although you will still find quiet family homes if you look deep enough. Aside from some interesting architecture, Banglampoo shows the mix of peoples and heritages that is the character of Bangkok. There are Muslims, Buddhists, Mons, and of course a great number of foreigners in this small area. All of this makes the area an interesting place for a glimpse of Thai life. Thais also appreciate the area for the many types of traditional kanom or Thai snacks and desserts available and the cheap clothing available in the Banglampoo Market

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    Is this possible?

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