Bangkok pwns us. And we loved it.

Bangkok is evil. This is my third time in Thailand and I still can’t seem to leave unscathed. My wallet cries every time.

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We love our toys so much, we take them with us when we travel. That’s my Sayuri and Caine with Cla‘s Addie and Baby Treeson and Rotch‘s Makoto.

Mind you, Bangkok isn’t an expensive place to travel in. In fact, it’s quite cheap. Public transport in Bangkok is pretty efficient, and if you opt to take a taxi, the fare isn’t all that expensive, especially if you’re traveling with a group.

Good food is plentiful in Thailand, and for as low as 50 baht, you can get a plate of the best pad thai with 5 plump shrimp. For 30 baht more, you can get a plate of 10 chicken satay. For dessert, how about a plate of the most amazing mango and sticky rice for only 60 baht?

What pwns us in Bangkok is the shopping. Many would rave about the cheap clothes and accessories in Bangkok, but for Rotch, Cla and I, it’s all about the dolls. Last June, I stumbled upon dollie heaven in Yaowarat (Chinatown). This time, we found utopia in Chatuchak Mall.

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Super realistic looking doll shoes for Taeyangs. They’re pretty expensive, but they’re very detailed.

It was funny, really. We headed out to this huge weekend market and surrounding shopping areas, without any clue as to where this dolly shop that Cla was able to find on Flickr. With Rotch leading the way, we went through the weekend market to the Chatuchak Plaza and eventually into Chatuchak Mall, where we found this store specializing in Pullips, Dals and Taeyangs — a rarity in a city so enamored with Blythe.

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With mouths agape, we looked over their collection, many of which are rares that we only read about online, never seen in person. Right next to the store is another shop specializing in different doll accessories. There are clothes not only for Blythes, but also for Pullips, Dals and Taeyangs as well. There are even Momokos for sale for a fraction of the cost, and even a Ru Paul doll (99% plastic, 1% woman).

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Best mango and sticky rice ever! This is from the stall in Sukhumvit Soi 38’s night market.

Tomorrow we’re going on another mission. I’m taking the girls to Chinatown, to that store with doll clothes (though the selection isn’t as huge, the price is lower there), and we’re headed back to Chatuchak to look for the store we initially intended to visit.

Bangkok may have pwned our budget, but if it’s anything to do with dollies, we welcome this pwnage.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 6 Comments
  1. Anna D. says:

    I take it that this sensation is somewhat similar to a bookworm going to a library as big as the Empire State for the first time. Glad you’re enoying, Nina! ^_^

  2. bchai says:

    Sweet! Glad you’re having a ball there. Have fun + bring back some of that FREAKING AWESOME Thai food. Nom nom nom…;)

  3. lawstude says:

    i have only been there once but i definitely want to go back there again. i love their food… everything is hot and spicy.


    also, JUANQUI!!! <3<3<3

  5. nina says:

    Anna D: Indeed it is! Best thing is, we totally were not expecting to find that store there. It was fate! :D

    Bchai: I wish! But I might eat them all before I get home!

    Lawstude: Ah, but not everything is hot and spicy! There are non-spicy and not too spicy dishes for people like me who aren’t too fond of spicy food :D

    Magnetic_rose: Waaa! I did not see backpacker Juanqui!!!

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