On the second day in Bangkok, Shosh and I parted ways from Shah temporarily to visit the Tiger Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, a good 3-hour drive away. On the way there, we stopped by a floating market! It feels like such a scam when they initially offer the tour for $100 per person and then you settle on paying $25 a person because you’re about to drive away. It somehow still feels like we’ve been ripped off too. It’s a good thing we had ourselves an amazing time anyways!
So how do I begin to explain this market? Despite it having been transformed in to a very touristy attraction, all the riverways, vendors, and houses were all the real deal. No fake Disneyland stuff here. You can feel how, at one point, it used to a be a real marketplace and a way of life.
Meet our happy boat driver. We had the whole boat to ourselves.
Alongside the river, there were all these houses that people actually live in.
Shrine next to some of the houses.
One of the river alleyways used for boat storage.
Then you enter the actual floating market!
Where the edges of the river are lined up with store fronts of souvenirs!
Our boats were not hand paddled, it had a motor and was steered with that long propeller.
These aren’t the greatest of photos, but you can see how it all works. Each vendor hooks the traveling boat in to their store and you buy everything straight from inside your boat.
Everything from beautiful puppets…
… to these lovely coconut tea light lamps.
Shoshana getting her shopping on, practicing the art of bargaining.
Snake, anyone? (Look Nic, he’s a Packers fan!)
And THEN! we entered the heart of the place, the food market!
Rambutan and mangosteen again!!
One of my favorites, mango sticky rice!
Selling and doing some shopping herself.
Check out the fried banana boat! How did I miss that when I was there?!
They even had boats making HOT noodle soup for you. This and some mango sticky rice was our perfect lunch this day.
On our way back, we stopped by a Coconut Sugar Farm as well.
That’s the end of the floating market tour!
(What does this mean?)