Claire Elizabeth Parker’s One Day Adventure around Bangkok
and Samutprakarn, Thailand
Claire Elizabeth Parker, Miss Grand International 2015 and some of MGI staff started the trip in an early Saturday morning at Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, Samutprakarn Province, Thailand. This market should probably be called a 'riverside market' as like many others. It only has a few boats parked along the banks, with most of the stalls on solid ground. Nowadays, this popular type of market is flourishing all over Thailand and every village near a river has its own version.
Bang Nam Phueng is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transportation. Because of this, it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life.
Our beautiful and lively Claire and team strolled along the market for around two hours, it was despite being well promoted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the market is surprisingly authentic with a large majority of Thai visitors. For everyone, it is a chance to discover and sample a lot of local foods, sweets and unusual fruits. Along the way, she bought lovely cactus with pink flower on its top which is so rare to find!
Claire Elizabeth Parker has found the people here very friendly, especially if you are daring enough to sample any of the interesting looking dishes on display. For travelers, it's always fun to try to imagine what this object or that lotion can be used for and Bang Nam Phueng market is definitely full of surprises!
The second place to visit on our trip was Sampeng Lane Market which is one of the biggest wholesale market hubs, located in small alleys, where you can find garments and accessories at the cheapest prices. The market is located nearby Chinatown and 'Pahurat' Indian market. Sampeng is the oldest market in town, filled with the old charm of the community.
Claire Elizabeth Parker was obviously excited to be here because this was another unseen sight of Bangkok for her! Sampeng Lane Market pretty much sums up the whole shopping experience of Chinatown – and, to some extent, the surrounding Old City area; it’s hot, busy, and the narrow lanes often become overly congested with vendors selling everything from fabrics, cheap clothes and electronics. As well as the steady flow of pedestrian traffic, pushcarts, worn-out vespers and the occasional truck overflowing with fresh produce all add to the madness.
But this definitively hectic nature of Sampeng is all part of the fun for Claire! Plus, she has found this really one of the cheapest places to come shopping in Bangkok, with impressive discounts available when you buy in bulk (10 or more items at a time gets you into wholesale territory). The most popular items to look out for are silk sarongs, jewellery, copied DVDs, women’s shoes, home décor and appliances, kids’ toys, cosmetics, handicrafts, dried food and all your usual tourist souvenirs and Claire bought some cute key ring at a cheap price! She really loved the way to make a bargain here.
While street food, nightlife and temples will always entice tourists to the Old City and Chinatown, when it comes to shopping, Sampeng Market is difficult to beat both in terms of price and fun… just as long as you’re not in a rush nor mind working up a bit of a sweat.
Now, we moved forward to our third destination; Cat Up Café. We could say this is the most favorite place for our beautiful Claire Elizabeth Parker. We hope you know why it is! She is one of the big names of cat slave! And this place seems to be her another heaven on earth.
Cat Up Café slogan is combined with Cat Cake Coffee Conversation, now opens at The Up Rama 3, Bangkok, Thailand. It’s such the best place for cat lovers to rejoice. Your feline fantasy is coming true, in the form of a cat cafe. The customers can hang out with friendly cats while eating, drinking and dangling feathery toys from fishing lines. For a little extra, you can order something to eat or drink.
Claire Elizabeth Parker, one of cat slaves, just loves this Cat Up Café because of its cute and sweet cats and of course because of tasty drinks and snacks. She spent around 2 hours happy time here groping and hugging the lovely cats while enjoying some yummy snacks and drinks! Such a good day with loyal friends!
It was around 6 p.m. when we reached our final destination of the day; “Asiatique the Riverfront”, which has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. This once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex.
Spending an evening here was no problem: Claire Elizabeth Parker and our team had good fun browsing the boutiques, or picking up gifts. Claire could find something she would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso lady boy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Because of time limitation, we had to cancel those fantastic shows. What a pity!
Wide streets run between each warehouse and Asiatique provides retro props for photo opportunities: a reproduction tram car, anchors and a push cart. Once our beautiful Claire entered the hangars, she appreciated the design even more. Claire was really overjoyed strolling and wandering along the small boutiques (over 1,000 in four warehouses) selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing. The little storefronts were attractive, the displays were interesting and there was a wide range on offer too, from fashionable Thai brands to affordable stores selling merchandise.
Claire Elizabeth Parker was amazingly surprised to see that Asiatique also had branches of KFC, Pizza Company, Au Bon Pain and MK. Restaurant which should not have been found at such retro and classical market like Asiatique. All in all, Claire found that this night bazaar is busy but isn’t overrun by tourists; crowds of locals enjoy coming here too. Asiatique is definitely worth making a visit and dedicating an evening to.
It’s about time to say good bye after spending around 2 hours at this night bazaar, Claire said to us she would never forget all great memories taking such wonderful trip around Bangkok and Samutprakarn on that day. It was really meant to her and she would keep in mind that Thailand is really her once in a lifetime experience. Our last impression with her was when we dropped her off at her residence, she took the Wai (the typical Thai greeting and farewell) by pressing her palms together and bowing her head slightly and spoke Thai with her cute western accent to us “Sawasdee Ka and Khob Khun Ka.” How lovely!