Friday, 12 July 2013

A Trip to Bangkok 逛曼谷市集

The is my third trip to Bangkok. I love Bangkok! Love the scrumptious street food,  shopping and foot massage!

In this trip, we spent most of our time hunting for sewing material. Based on my research before the trip, there's a textile market place in Bangkok which is a must go place for fabric lover. It's called Sampeng Lane or Soi Wanit 1 located at Chinatown. Most of the sites recommend to take the skytrain then the boat to get there. We took a taxi instead haha, lazy bum! Well, actually the hotel staff recommended us to take a taxi as it was a weekend and usually the traffic isn't too heavy early in the morning. That way we could cut short our traveling time. To learn how to get to Sampeng Lane via skytrain, please read HERE, this blog gave a very clear instruction on how to get to Sampeng Lane.  

We were too busy shopping hence didn't take any photos of the market ^_^. The market place is really crowded, filled with both locals and tourists. Our focus is on fabric. So we mainly stopped at textile shops. We bought a lot from this shop called Fabric Centre. They sell nice 100% cotton fabric at good prices. Prices for one meter cut range from 99 baht to 250 baht. If you buy 10 meters and more, you get 10% discount. Well, 10 meters isn't a problem for my friend and I. We are both seriously obsessed with fabric! This particular shop has several branches around Bangkok. They have a branch called Fabric House located inside Central World Plaza. We went there too. ^o^

Apart from fabric shopping at Sampeng Lane. We visited the weekend market - Chatuchak Weekend Market as well. Crowded, but not as bad as at Sampeng Lane. Again we didn't take any photos of Chatuchak market. There are almost everything can be found here; clothing, bags, fashion accessories, wooden furniture & home deco, handicraft, ceramics wares etc. We discovered two interesting stalls selling miniature stuff. The workmanship is so fine. It's amazing! Managed to snap a few photos of the display after seeking permission from the shop owner. I only picked a few items, as they are not cheap. Well, it's handmade.

Amazing miniature display at Chatuchak Market
Miniature cake & pastries
Miniature tailor shop

If you are a stationery freak, a visit to B2S at Central World Plaza is a must. It's a chain bookstore which apart from books and magazines also carries lots of interesting stationery. The Central World Plaza branch of B2S occupied three floors. The second floors is where you should go if you are looking for cool stationery and art supplies. My friend and I spent hours in there browsing just at the second floor!

After three days of walking, we went for a foot massage nearby our hotel. It was really good. All the aching and tiredness instantly relieve and it only cost us 200 baht per person for an hour massage. So, if you are in Bangkok, don't forget to get a foot massage.

Some photos of the result of our shopping trip:
Ribbon, lace, button & charms
Retro print linen cotton
Japan cotton - love the vibrant colour!
More linen cotton
Teddy bears and Japanese slippers
Stack of polka dot & checked cotton - too sweet to resist!
Check out the miniature antique iron, isn't it cool!
Thirsty? How about a bottle of coca-cola.
Miniature shopping. Those apples & oranges are my creation ^-^
Interesting toilet signage at Siam Center Bangkok

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