There is an underground system in Bangkok? I didn’t know that something like that exists in Asia – That’s what my best friend told me when I texted him that I would take the underground to get to a night market. Yes – there is an underground system and even a Skytrain running through Bangkok, and they are often the best way to get around as they aren’t stuck in traffic.
The neon market has two dozen of restaurant where you can eat and sit, else than the other markets where you only have little shops who sell the food and you eat it while walking. All of the restaurants serve kind of the same food with little difference, so it’s more about where you feel comfortable and want to sit. The food choice is vast with fresh grilled fish, traditional Thai dishes, and all kinds of seafood. Prices are a little higher than on other markets, but therefor you can sit down.
The Thai red cross runs the snake farm, and they primarily use the facilities to extract venom from the snakes to produce vaccines and other medical products. But every weekday at 2.30 PM there is a snake-handling show in which you can participate and hold a snake by yourself at the end.
Muay Thai is a sport full of action and nothing for a weak stomach, but it’s so much fun to watch. At the Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium, you get four times a week nine fights to watch and that for a reasonable price. Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday action is guaranteed, and ticket prices are always the same.
Nowhere in Bangkok, you can find a better local experience in combination with an excellent market. Full of food, clothes, and bars – all of that in a very stylish design and full of people. The unusual thing is that there are no tourists on the market and it’s a truly local experience.
This night market also called Creative park or plane night market is the coolest night market I’ve seen until now. In the middle of the Market is a full-size airplane in which you can have a dinner or drink a few cocktails (There was a private event, so I, unfortunately, don’t have any pictures from inside). All over the Market, you can find some creative statues, and the stores are all decorated stylish and different. In between food you’ll find little shops with clothes or souvenirs and live music.
The Ratchada Train market is a night market full of Street food, and bars. The Market got the name because it is on an old train ground where trains used to be repaired and parked else than that the Market has nothing to do with trains. The specialty about this Market is the colorful design and the number of things you can find.
One thing that is missing in Bangkok, or any city in Southeast Asia, is green spaces. Bangkok is probably the extreme case of that. In the three weeks I’m already living here I haven’t been to one park or any green space without all the chaos. Now, Lumphini Park gives you all of this, a place to relax, green everywhere and it seems like you are far away from all the chaos and the pollution.
The Chao Phraya river is the river running through the middle of Bangkok and separating the city. Of course, some bridges are connecting both sides of the river, but taking a boat often seems like the best option. More than crossing the river you can travel along the river with one of the local or touristic boats and see the city from the river. In some cases, it’s even the fastest way to travel through Bangkok.
Patpong Street is another Street, mostly for the amusement of male customers. Earlier on I was telling you about the Nana Plaza and all the Go-go bars in there. Patpong Street is in one way the same. The difference is that there is a market in the middle of that Street, which sells usual stuff like clothes, watches, and handbags – fake, of course.