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.
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.