Saturday, 17 October 2009

Shoping in Bangkok: Where there is crowd, there is "Talat" & Giveaway

Hi gorgeous ladies!! How is everyone? I hope all is well and having a nice weekend :)
My internet has been horrible (nothing new hey) so apologize if I haven't been commenting around as much T.T

Today I'm going to blog about another kind of "market" in Bangkok. One of the things that I love about Bangkok is its markets (called "Talat" in thai language) that you can find day and night. Seriously Thailand has tons of them, I see it everywhere (esp in Bangkok).

This post is about the day-time market. There is one right outside my building ^^" yes, the market doesn't have to have an appointed place, you can find it on the street side or any other unthinkable location :D hahaha...

This is the side of my building, the "Talat" stretch along the corridor, as far as the length of the building. As you can see, it's jam packed, always like this esp during lunch hour.

The sellers/vendors change everyday so you get to see different things everyday XD To me it adds to the fun :p

What do these "Talat" usually sell?? MANY MANY things!! :

Foods & Snacks (of course, thai people love to eat big time)




The parfume seller next to the snacks seller lolz



Cosmetics (Japanese & Korea cosmetics are hotcakes here, also some European brand such as Lancome, Guerlain). International brands are generally overpriced in Thailand. These sellers in "Talat" usually hand carry the stuff themselves from Japan/Korea or get someone to send the cosmetics over to them. Although they are generally still more expensive, it's possible to find a good bargain. The other day I picked up Shiseido "Perfect Whip" foam cleanser for only 250bath (less than 9AUD), in Adambeauty, it's sold for 11USD.
accessories and what not

Nail Polishes...I think they are local and some chinese brands

Clothes & shoes. Although not everything is of nice quality, some shops do sell nice clothes. I bought a really cute jumpsuit and a pretty top for 550bath (less than AUD20). Looking at the making and the fabrics, I'm very happy because I dont think I can get them both at that price even if I shop in Indonesia. Shoes generally starts from 200bath a pair, and have I ever mentioned that Thailand made shoes are of excellent quality and wear??
Last time, my friend showed me an original Kipling shoulder bag that she bought at "Talat" near her office for only 1000bath (less than 35AUD). It's original, we checked everything already, still has the tag and all. what a good buy!!

Some TIPS for "Talat":
1. Look for any office buildings or streets near offices area. Not every building or offices area will have "Talat" but it's a good place to start your hunt.
2. Start early, because the "Talat" mainly serve the office workers, they start at 8am-9am and finish early (2-3pm, after lunch).
3. The seller changes everyday, so if you see something that you like, better get them :D
4. You can bargain abit, ask nicely and smile :D
5. Not everything sold is of good quality, so you need to sort around. But nice items are definitely around and abound!
6. Foods are generally safe to eat as it's pretty clean. Avoid ice cubes if you are afraid.

So....anyone interested to go "Talat" Shopping with me? ^^v

xoxo

ps. Dear Sush is having a giveaway!! check her blog out! :)
and notesfromthetoothfairy (dont you just love her blog name, I giggle all the time at it) is also holding her giveaway. Go and join!!

pps. To dearest Iris & Sarah who have been so kind to give me awards, I'm so very sorry I haven't displayed the awards on my blog or do whatever I'm supposed to do. I will do it once I'm back in Australia and have a better connection. Thanks so very much girls!!

39 comments:

heartofpearl ♡ said...

my goodness, i would love to be there and find treasures!! i lv little market like shops and ooo looks so fun!! how are you? hope you're well :) x

Toothfairynotes said...

hey hun,
Thanks for entering my giveaway! I did like the markets in bangkok, esp. the one that's only open in the weekends, that huge one! it's really crowded there...

*loves*

tokyostargirl said...

Yes I did! I moved to LA about a month & a half ago. Oh gosh - I miss Thailand so much! The food is great, the people are great, the beaches are great, the shopping is great - I could go on and on! One of my fav places for sure!

Kym said...

oh gosh, it would be so dangerous to have that right by my building. i'd probably be there everyday during lunch hour! haha! ;P

Emily said...

wow looks like a super fun place :) and there soooo many o_o jewelry !!!! wah!

Soapaholic said...

:O Bangkok = shopping mecca!

Here in the Philippines we have tiangges which sell all sorts of things with negotiable prices, but the sellers don't usually change or move around, they usually have a semi-fixed spot at least for several months or so.:)

Diane said...

THe Hmong living there have accustomed to some words. Yup, talat means store. hhaha. we totally got it from them. i wish i were there.

RicAdeMus said...

The food looks great.

Manju said...

Me!!! Mee!!!!! Me!!! please take me along ;D
it looks like some treasure trove ^^
i love markets like this!

p.s
thanks for the diwali wishes darling!
haha i'm just like you, i really need to control myself, been eating way too much these days!

~Lisa said...

Waa~!! I'd love to go Talat shopping with you!! The vendors look so nice!! The array of nail polishes makes me go blind!

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Sarah said...

Ohh these markets look so fun- I love poking around markets and seeing what bargains can be found! I think I could spend an hour easily at those nail polishes lol

Ahh sorry I didn't realise :P I'm a bit slow on the uptake!!!!
And you are welcome for the award :) No hurry at all!!!!

Vanilla said...

wow !yeah i forgot clothes are super cheap in thailand !lol
omg im confuesed,which bag i want??loll

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sheri amor said...

wow.. I love bargains and stuff.. it looks expensive though :)

*Nehs* said...

i wanna go there! hihi.. so much cute stuffs. looks so much fun to shop.

Love, Sweetcheeks said...

oooohh! i wish i was at that accessories and clothing booths......hehe

adin_22 said...

That's ok Hana....It's so nice to read an update from u...

Blovet Beauty said...

Bangkok is the best place to shop, i love street stalls the best!

KohLepe said...

Hana sweetie!!!
How are you doing? Sorry.. that I went MIA for a while =( Been so busy these days. I see that you are still in TH? =) How long are you going to be there until? I'm planning a trip home next May with my hubby. We also thinking of going to OZ in 2011 too!! I'm going to see you IRL one of these days. Hope you are doing well. I'll stop by again later.

Take care!!

Tena KL

mayaari said...

those markets are always fun for looking around and getting good deals! my dad loved bargaining with the vendors :)

Pop Champagne said...

omg I'm super jealous at all your shopping pictures, the malls in ottawa are soo boring and expensive compare to things there >< I blame it on unions employee rights LOL!

and ya truly madly deeply is about man love! HAHA! omg... and dave moffatt was mean to me when I met him in 2000. I was angry because he was a dick that I might have called him gay. I wonder if it's a curse I put on him. THAT WOULD BE SOO FUNNY hahahahaha

*Nehs* said...

hi hana! about the removing bump, i forgot the name of the acid that i used but will try to post about that. thank u! :)

<333

Yumeko said...

lookit all the fun things u can get!!!!

Sarah said...

"maybe one day if u see a short asian chic looking like a cool disco ball,that could be me"
HAHAHA Hana you crack me up LOL

Ooh the shadow size is actually quite decieving- they aren't all that big unfortunatley :(
Yessss I'll have to get my act together and do a look with them :)

Louie said...

wow i wud love to go there..those are eye candy and tempting hahaha we have so many affordable stuff here in asia but the quality is still good ..

Amanda K said...

I've never been to Thailand but of course I would love to go shopping with you!! =)

Blair said...

You're going back to Aus? When??? By any chance, will you go to Singapore soon?

I'd love to get Korean/Japanese goodies for cheap at Talat(s)! I wouldn't trust the Malaysian vendors though.. Buy from the shopping malls only. Things at the markets are usually fake.

Dina (XYYan) said...

oh, wow! what pasta could you recommend to me? i love all foods, so if pasta is considered as food then it will be on my list.. lol..

Iyah said...

I wish to see Bangkok someday!! :] I wish to travel.. ahahaha! :D

Gemma Louise said...

oh. i love your blog! is adorable! i wish to shop in bangkok someday! xx

adin_22 said...

I didn't have a costume...cuz' I didn't went to a party..hehe...boring halloween...

smmmitten said...

hi,
how fun! i've never seen that talat before... which one is it?
i would love to go with you!

Mona said...

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! ilove markets!!

<3 muah

yoli said...

great post!

Pop Champagne said...

haha i know my spock friend does look asian! He's this white guy with blonde hair wwho even dyed his hair black jus for his costume lol... I went as lady gaga cuz i found a cheap blonde wig for $12 and I thought why not I've never wore a wig before and its be cool to be a platium blonde asian HAHAHAA. a lot of people went as pirates, but I guess thats like every year...

Manju said...

actually my mom dd make me some ginger tea, just normal milk tea, with ginger in it. i thought of u ^^
thanks for the wishes dearie, i'm much better now :)
have a great week, ok! *hugs*

Blair said...

Yeah, I'm in SG at the moment. I so wanted to meet you haha!

MiuMiu said...

i just saw the picture of your pho and i want some soo badly now..i don't think i've had it since i came back to canada!
the talat sounds like a great one stop shop..and all those deals!

Sarah said...

Ohhh hmmm I'm not sure if they do sell it duty free Hana, but I'd say sooo!!!! haha, I hope so! Trust me it's defin. worth checking out :)

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