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Shopping during songkran festival season

by rangani Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

hi,we are planning to visit bangkok from 12th to 14th April 2013.We want to visit chatu chak market and MBK for shopping. However, we got to know that the songkran festival falls between 12 to 15 April. Really want to know whether shopping is possible in chatu chak & MBK from 12th to 14th April 2013.Thank you in advance. ERM

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    Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by Curt1591 Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Songkran will affect both venues, as many of the vendors may head "upcountry" for the holidays. How many shops will close, no one knows.

    There is another problem with Chatuchak Weekend Market. The State Railways of Thailand, the owner of the property, plans to renovate the place. Renovation is due to start in March. There is a good chance the site will be closed.

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    by davidjo Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    That is bad news!!! Will the market be relocated to a temporary site?

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    Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by Curt1591 Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    That would be very doubtful.

    Most of what you will find at Chatuchak can be found at MBK, with possibly marginally higher pricing. But, IMHO, the air conditioning, and the convenience, make MBK a better value.

    For a fun shopping experience, Head to Asiatique one evening. There are tons of small,independent shops selling all sorts of goods. There are also many restaurants. Asiatique is a great way to spend an evening.

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    by davidjo Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Sure the goods can be found elsewhere but Chatuchak is almost unique and that is the attraction!!! Where else can you find so many stalls in one area !! I think that the Bazaar in Istanbul or the market in the citadel in Aleppo are also special places to visit.

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  • Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by gustaveeiffel Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM
    I actually live in the northern part of Bangkok, but we decided during Songkran festival we want to enjoy the water splashing at Silom road so we booked The Tawana for 2 nights. So that we would be only few minutes walk to Silom.
    

    We stayed in a superior room, which I think it has been renovated or re-painted and re-decorated. I didn't like the shelf style furniture though, no drawers to keep stuff. Anyway bed was quite comfy. Free wifi internet inroom. Overall it was good. We didn't spend much time in room anyway, because we would go out for movie, shopping, restaurants during the day and out on the streets for the water splashing at night till late. So the room is for sleeping and changing.

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    Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by Curt1591 Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    davidjo wrote: Sure the goods can be found elsewhere but Chatuchak is almost unique and that is the attraction!!! Where else can you find so many stalls in one area !! I think that the Bazaar in Istanbul or the market in the citadel in Aleppo are also special places to visit.
    But, Chatuchak will be closed. And, if the SRT workss their typical "magic", the place will have little resemblance the attraction it is now. The "rennovation" is all about extracting higher rents from the stall renters. We can assume that many of the current tenants will pack it up and move on. 

    For a down and dirty shopping expedition, one might visit Klong Thom. During the day, there are plenty of shops and sidewalk vendors. But, as the evening ears on, more and more sidewalk vendors appear. This is an area where many locals go for bargain shopping.

    Klong Thom:  http://goo.gl/maps/leqgG

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  • Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by rangani Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Thank for the helpful infomation

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    by rangani Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Thanks. for the helpful infomation.

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    by rangani Online Now Feb 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Thanks for the helpful infomation.

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    Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by SirHalberd Online Now Feb 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Always remember that during this Songkran holiday you will probably get soaked!  And it won't matter if you are wearing expensive clothing carrying an expensive camera or laptop.  If you are up and about on the streets you can be soaked! 

    Yeah, some sections of the city may be worse but there are often 'random pickup trucks passing by ' with people throwing buckets of water at you.   Or huge barrels of water on trucks with Thais pumping away with water guns.   When you have water coming your way you better have your wallet, camera and anything that will be destroyed by water in plastic bags!   And don't open your mouth when this "water" comes your way - it is not always clean water from some revelers!

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    Fortunately you are usually safe in malls, restaurant and hotels.  Maybe not so safe in opensided beer bars.    With Chatuchak closed you can probably visit MBK which will keep you busy all day long and it is air conditioned too!

          Songkran - it is not just a spectator holiday so be prepared!

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    Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by Pocky Online Now Feb 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Hi

    I curious what product that u looking for then I can suggest the place to substitutes q

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  • Re: Shopping during songkran festival season

    by rangani Online Now Apr 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Hi, I visited Bangkok during Songkran festival (from 12th to 15th April 2013). We didn't come across any unpleasant situation due to songkran festival. We did lot of shopping in MBK and used the sky train for travelling.However,one of guests in our hotel told us that he got soaked as he was caught by a group of locals celebrating songkran. If you travel by sky train most probably you are safe as train authority does not allow people with water guns to enter the platfoam. So if u are travelling Bangkok during Songkraan you need not worry about shops because there are plenty of places to shop at.

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