The land of smiles, thats what Bangkok is called.
Or rather, i think many of us will remember these instead.
The incredible traffic jams…..it took me 2 hours to get from the airport to the hotel. I think its faster to walk if you are within the city center or take a tuk tuk. This little four stroke engine thing that takes you around town conveniently.
I had just 1 day (again) and i do not want to visit temples, visit caves, see some bridges, or shopping. I have read so much about the floating market and its bustling activities that i had to visit.
The nearest is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market about 90 kilometers away. Yes, its a mouthful to pronouce but wait till you check out Bangkok’s full name here. Skip to the 26 sec mark. 🙂
The journey took me through the river canals. Its an amazing man-made network that links the houses there. I was told that the King himself sanctioned this project 60-70 years ago so that everyone can get to the different places easily within the region. I guess he does not like cars…….and no its quite safe, there are no anacondas or crocodiles…..
Buddhism is a big thing in Thailand. Check out the oversize shrines at home as well as the family tree pictures. Respect 🙂
We reached the floating market soon after. And don’t say that i did not warn you. This place is now over teeming with tourists. Its incredible, i do not think i can find any local Thai tourists there.
Lady serves a fantastic bowl of braised innards and rice noodles. Check out the little brown pieces….little cakes of steamed blood. Yikes !!!
“Aren’t you tired having the work the whole day ?”
“20 baht ! 20 baht !” I guess she does not understand english. Would love to get to know her better.:)
I was bored, everything is based on sell, sell ,sell.
Ended spending time with these kids. Its hard to talk to them when all they say is “20 Baht ! 60 Baht !” And mind you, these are no ordinary kids. They are cheerful and very street smart.
I tried my best to entertain them (or entertain myself….) but they would run off every now if they see an opportunity to sell their postcards to tourists. Look them in the eye and they hang around you for a full 10 mins or so, holding your hand at the same time.
“Buy, Madam ? 20 Baht.” Cuteness wins.
I ended up buying postcards from each one of them…..and thats including drinks and food.
Seeya next time Bangkok 🙂