Headed to a railway track near our place for Yutaki to take more photos!
He mistakenly thought that he had seen an abandoned train but... it turned out to be very NOT abandoned. Fully demonstrated by 1) it not being there 2) it passing us later on.
Kind of amusing to just walk down the tracks (with the occasional train) because it's actually functional, unlike the abandoned one in Singapore #badass.
Yutaki scouting for potential photo spots in view of the disappointment of his vanishing train LOL.
Yutaki uses us as his... human tripods hahaha.
He positions the camera where he wants it to snap & we just hold it & press the shutter.
He does not trust us one iota >:(
Think the "Indy Trees Bar" thing is kinda spoiling mah ~ mojo ~
Wind gave me center partings :(
Bought this bag on the first night, from Asiatique!
It cost maybe S$28? Can't remember exactly.
Not cheap but pretty unique because of its box frame.
Polka-dotted pink thing is my makeup pouch...
In the background: Yutaki actually changed clothes; donning corduroy pants & a knitted sweater.
I was already feeling really hot in my tshirt & shorts!
Yutaki's gold Vivienne Westwood shoes.
Random snaps while Alaric takes his turn human-tripod-ing hahaha.
Pimsoles from Everlast!
Bought these back in 2008 & wore them to school for Junior College.
Pretty comfy but you can't wear socks with them.
Headed down to Chatuchak after that!
(only open on weekends)
Thai Ice Milk Tea, which is like what we have here except a slightly darker brown & somehow sweeter.
Not quite sure what it is that they add to it! Sometimes it takes like they add Bandung but I suck at food identification (pretty sure I will fail most blindfold food tests) so I shall keep quiet.
Always dress comfortably & sparingly (LOL) for Chatuchak!
Some of the shops now have air-con but generally it's still a crowded open-air market with very narrow alleys that make natural ventilation basically... non-existent.
Lots of yummy street snacks though!
More decorated hairbands:
(told you guys I saw Disney princesses ones!)
Oh yeah & glittery fruit ones too haha.
Quality of the Disney figurine is not fantastic though!
But still pretty cool ^_^
Mass of accessories! :D
Some are my own of course, while others were purchased in Bangkok (like the cat ears, black bow & woven braid bracelets). The accessories were mostly from Asiatique.
Hehe makes me happy to look at it.
I didn't do much shopping this time round because believe it or not, it's possible to tire of it.
Or to know your wardrobe can't take it.
Anyway here are the few places you SHOULD go to if you want to shop!
1. Platinum Mall
This is where blogshop owners get their stock from.
This does NOT mean their stuff is cheap (it isn't), it just means their designs are quite up-to-date.
It's a wholesale mall, so they discount based on bulk purchases.
Single pieces will be priced higher (e.g. 300 Baht/S$14).
They lower the price if you're buying >1 item & the good thing is that it can be of a different design.
2. Union Mall
Didn't have time to visit it this time round! This is a pretty good mall & I liked it a lot.
Pretty good stuff (design-wise) like at Platinum Mall, except without the wholesale aspect.
There isn't much haggling here because prices are displayed & are usually reasonable.
There are more guys' clothes here too, as well as "indie" shops.
The 1st floor has nothing. 2nd & 3rd floor is where the cheaper shopping for girls is.
4th floor onwards has more indie-ish stuff, like self-designed items.
3. Chatuchak (also known as JJ Market)
Bangkok's famous weekend market!
They sell everything from clothes to furniture to pets (don't support them please).
The clothes are all in one area.
New gem discovered this time round!
This is a night market, with shops closing at 12am.
It's pretty nice too, with great decor & lots of nice shops.
The things aren't cheap (for girls, for guys it's still decent) but are of a good quality & more unique.
Lots of food (restaurants) here as well.
5. Night Street Market opposite Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon is an upscale shopping mall.
Directly opposite however, are street stalls selling cheap clothes!
Definitely worth a visit if you're nearby!
Not sure what time they open/close but we went around 8pm.
Shopping in Bangkok ends pretty early, so for places #1, #2 & #3 you should take it that they close by 7pm. In fact at 6pm some shops will already be closed! They start packing up early.
#4 & #5 are night shopping places so they're a good place to visit after you're done with the 7pm ones ^_^
From my Instagram! (@sophiewillocq)
This was taken in front of Asiatique.
P.S. Note that taxi drivers may not be familiar with these "angmoh" names for the locations. Or rather, they just somehow don't understand us when we say the exact same words as them *baffled*
Like "Asiatique" can be pronounced drastically differently such that they don't understand us!
So it's best to print out the Thai address of each location (in Thai) to show them.
(But for Platinum & Siam Paragon they will know it)
Haha I actually showed a taxi driver the Instragram picture above when we wanted to go back there, because in the background it says which district the place is in (Charokrbfftttzzzz kk yep)!
You can uh... show this picture too if you need to.
(Hey it worked!)