Sunday, January 20: This morning, my last morning in Thailand, I take the sky train to Mo Chit station, take exit #1, and head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market to do some shopping.
The 35-acre area of Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls. On a typical weekend, more than 200,000 visitors come here to sift through the goods on offer. (Bangkok.com: Chatuchak Market)
Today, I’m one of the hordes of tourists and I am overwhelmed. This is a HUGE market with labyrinthine pathways leading in every imaginable direction. There are so many things I want to buy here, and of course it’s not humanly possible to buy, and carry back, all the things I want. Everything imaginable is for sale here, from clothing to handicrafts to ceramics to furniture to art, books and antiques. I find lanterns and Buddha statues and gold jewelry. Textiles abound. I spend quite a bit of money here today, and I come away with big bags filled with all manner of goodies. Sadly, I’m too busy shopping to take many pictures. 😦
I head back to the hotel to drop off all my goods. While there, I shower and relax a bit before heading out for dinner.
I head out for a drink and a light meal at the famous Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. One critic calls it “a speakeasy in the jungle” and the owners describe it as an African safari lodge. The furniture is decked out in animal prints or leather on dark wood floors, with bamboo and palm fronds abounding. I sit at an outdoor table and enjoy a martini and a light dinner (Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: Bamboo Bar).
I head back to the hotel early because I fly out early tomorrow morning, back to the USA. There, I will continue the last semester of studies for my Master’s degree in International Commerce & Policy at George Mason University.
Monday, January 21: I fly out of Bangkok, heading by way of Tokyo, back to Washington. It’s a long, long flight.