This was the last day of our trip, taking afternoon flight, so decided to rush all the way to Chatuchak market early morning after a quick breakfast, a last minute shopping for clothes, souvenir, foods and house decorating items. We wanted to have local street food the one last time for breakfast, and saw these stalls selling Pad La Pow (fried minced port with holy basil and fried egg) and cha yen opposite Pantip Plaza, right across New Petchburi Road, we were so lucky to decide trying.
We had the authentic local breakfast at a small table beside the mobile beverage stall that selling us cha yen. The dish was superb! We didn’t expect a simple local cuisine selling at roadside can be so good! If you are lucky enough to see this same lady in the picture still selling the dish at the same location, don’t hesitate, go ahead and try it out on the spot, eating it hot taste the best.
We tried to experience how the locals live in Bangkok, and signed up for a Thai cooking class, trying to learn and bring their culture back! Then, we headed to Platinum Fashion Mall, wanted to bring back a lot of new clothes and accessories to fill out our wardrobe.
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I always wanted to learn cooking local cuisine during my previous trips, as I believe that is a actually a good way to feel the local way of living. Experience local culture, trying to live their way and eat local cuisine are always my main objectives for traveling.
There are a few popular cooking classes in Bangkok, I chose Silom Thai Cooking School because it was cheap (1000 Baht per person), convenient location (68 Silom Soi 13 | Opposite Narai Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand – near MRT Silom station), good online reviews about friendly and knowledgeable staffs and fun learning experience. There are 3 classes available daily, we joined the morning class so that can visit other attractions afterwards: Read Full Article →
In the evening, we reach Platinum Fashion Mall (222 11th Floor Petchburi Road, ThanonPetchburi, Ratchthevi, Phone: 02-121-8000) for dinner, follow by shopping. It was right next to Central World, and opposite to Pratunam Market across New Petchburi Road.
Platinum Fashion Mall is a huge building with more than 2200 shops selling clothes and accessories, definitely a paradise for shopaholic, we were so excited and wanted to spend the whole night shopping there. The shopping mall wasn’t one of the must visit attractions in my list, so I didn’t do much research about it. We realized that some shops started to close after our dinner, finding it weird but didn’t really pay much attention about it, until more and more shops are closed along the way. End up a shop owner told us that Platinum Fashion Mall closing at 2000, no one will ever expected a big shopping mall to close at 2000 everyday, at least not us…
Terminal 21 Shopping Mall, with the address of Sukhumvit Road between Soi 19 and 21, open daily 10am – 10pm. Its’ interior design was so eye balls catching and attractive, combining several countries’ famous attractions and architectural under one roof, with different level having different and unique country’s landmark and culture.
You could just spend half a day checking out this interesting mall with 600 shops, or spend a relaxing time catching a movie in the cinema. There is also a supermarket and food court selling all kinds of Thai local cuisine and international fare, you can definitely find some fun activities to make up your day.
We continue shopping in Pratunam Market, couldn’t spend enough time for that on day 5… Then we moved on to Terminal 21, an interesting and special shopping mall which you can round the world in less than half a day!
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Eat, shop, massage were what we did on Day 5! It covers the big popular wholesales Pratunam Market, remember to bring enough cash for shopping and empty stomach for all the authentic local street foods. Somtam Nua Restaurant, the well known restaurant with its’ Isaan food. Finally, let check out the hot Naraya products and grab one or two of this local brand as souvenir!
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Somtam Nua restaurant is famous with Isaan food – northeastern region of Thailand. The restaurant was at 92/14 Soi Siam Square 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok with contact number of +66 (0) 22 51 4880, open daily from 10am to 10pm, kitchen closes at 930pm.
Take note that they accept cash only, make sure you bring enough. It is within walking distance from MBK to Somtam Nua, it took us around 15minutes walk. Ask around if you are lost, most locals know the place, at least all locals that I asked knew it.
Pratunam Market is a popular wholesale market in Bangkok which always crowded with local and foreign shoppers, it is located at intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3, which is opposite Platinum Fashion Mall across New Petchburi Road. There are both indoor retail shops which open from 1000-2100, and outdoor stalls that normally available during early morning to around 1000 and open again at evening time, but that may vary and can be dynamic, my suggestion is to visit between 1100 – 2000.
You can get clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices, it can even cheaper if buying in bulk like 3 pieces and above. The market is targeting low or lower middle income buyers, so the price is cheap but that also reflects the quality. Some shops offer delivery service to your hotel, no harm asking if you are buying a lot, and there are also several shipping agents around offering overseas courier service.
Pratunam Market is also famous with its huge variety of delicious authentic local foods along the roadside. We gave up the hotel breakfast to keep our stomach empty, hoping to try as much street foods as we could at Pratunam Market, which was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel.
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