the floating market

April 1st, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

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After the train market, we headed to the neighbouring Ratchaburi Province to check out the floating market. We went to Damnoen Saduak, the most well known market, but it was still fun. I mean, it was touristy, but everything in Bangkok is touristy. (The other market, Tha Kha, apparently has less tourists but it’s only open every 4-5 days and the schedule is somehow based on the lunar cycle. So if you have more time than me, check that one out.) I didn’t have high expectations for the floating market (it came bundled with the tour of the train market so I figured why not), but it was more interesting than I thought it would be.

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THUMBS UP FOR BOATS.

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If you’re going to do the floating market thing, I definitely recommend one of the smaller boats that’s not motorized.

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Boating along.

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 I wonder how much it costs to live on this river?

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 The boat ride was pretty relaxing. There weren’t many other boats around and we just floated along.

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Maybe the pinkest house in the world. The pinkest floating house, maybe.

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 Hi, dog!

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 Because we were in a smaller boat, we could go down tiny canals that other boats couldn’t fit through. It was pretty cool.

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 Back to civilization. There’s a lot of food vendors floating around and you can buy as you float by, or from the side of the river. They have special contraptions to pass the food to you.

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30 baht = $1 CAD.

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 The apparent tourist must-do: snake handling!

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 I’m sure that this is perfectly safe.

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Definitely no chance that the snake will eat you.

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Do not fear the boat food. You might think that eating seafood and meat that’s sitting outside in 36 degree weather with no refrigeration would be a bad idea, but the noodles were delicious and there were no gastrointestinal problems to be had. Just channel Anthony Bourdain and go for it.

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I had noodles in soup and they were taaaasty. (Note the toilet paper roll as napkins.)

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Mike had dry noodles (no soup).

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Our guide had spicy soup with egg.

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Bonus snack: some kind of banana-like fruit chips.

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I liked this tree because it reminded me of cherry blossoms.

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So pink! (Also: Ice cream & salad & steak & beer sounds like a pretty good combo.)

Next entry: I eat a lot of Thai food. Because… I’m in Thailand.


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