I haven’t stepped on a scale for quite some time, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. Ignorance is bliss, so I’ve literally just been eating my way through Thailand and hoping the calories burn off in some way, most likely through sweating. Last weekend we went to visit Chatuchak market, the biggest market in Thailand, and I think I racked up over 8 miles worth of walking as calculated by my pedometer. So that makes up for the daily ice cream/boba/smoothies that I’ve been eating, right?
Chatuchak market, otherwise known as JJ market, is filled with tons of street vendors and food stands and has over 8000 stalls in the entire market. Everything you need to find, you’ll be able to find here (I thought this was the case at Khao San Road, but this beats Khao San any day).
Thankfully I had my SIM card installed earlier that morning, because in less than 5 seconds I managed to lose half of the group that I was shopping with. Here I am with Marisa and Tabitha before we start our long journey through JJ Market!
Asia, well characterized by its amazing street food and busy crowds.
I think I was sweating within a minute of walking through these stalls, because of weather, humidity, all the walking, and the fact I was wearing leggings (poor fashion choice on my part although it did fend off mosquitoes for quite a while). I ended up going on a mad search for a flowy dress that wouldn’t be too long or short on me so I could survive the rest of the walking. Ever seen those shirts that say “shopping is my cardio”? Well, this was the best cardio I’ve done thus far.
I LOVE Thai tea, so I was just mesmerized by this man swirling and twirling the tea for a good 5 minutes. Not sure what the purpose of that was even for, but he looks like he knows what he’s doing.
The classic-coconut ice cream!! I don’t know when I remember started loving coconut, but all I can say is that I’m so glad I decided to start loving it. Otherwise, I’d be missing out on so many yummy treats and snacks like this. For the coconut ice cream, they serve it to you in a young coconut, so that you get a mix of the fresh coconut meat with the coconut ice cream, and toppings of your choice-I picked sticky rice and coconut jelly! Other options include sweet corn, mung bean, red bean, etc.
Chatuchak closes around 6 in the evening, but many of the stores remain open and it turns into a night market. Totally reminds me of Taiwan and it brings back so many happy memories.
I mentioned here that I had met up with my cousin in Ao Nang while she was traveling with friends, and I also got the chance to meet up with her once again in Bangkok! We had both made plans to visit Chatuchak that weekend, so we finally got the chance to meet up. Finding people in this huge market is quite the difficult task and may have involved me walking up and down a stretch of the market at least 4 times, but all was good. WOOOOOHOO for cousin love and papaya salad!!
Most days it’s way too hot for hot soups and noodles, so I love getting papaya salads because it feels so refreshing. With just the perfect amount of fish sauce and chili.
I’ve been eating so much bread these past couple of weeks, and not too many regrets about it. A lot of the breads are filled with custard that’s red bean, taro, pandan or milk flavored, and they’ve been the perfect go-to breakfast right before class in the morning.
Some tips for Chatuchak: good walking shoes, water, smaller bills, and don’t be afraid to practice your Thai and try to get some good deals!