Day 4: A visit to the Floating Market before takeoff...
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It's our last day in Bangkok, and we're up at 7am to make sure we're all packed before heading down for breakfast.
At 8am, our guide arrives and bundles us in the van as we make the hour plus trip to Damnoen Saduak floating market. Apparently, this floating market is now catered to the tourists and the one that travellers should really flock to is the Ampawa floating market, which has less of the usual touristy-type wares for sale, and it's where you get to really experience the buzz of a floating market.
We arrive at a port of entry of sorts, where we board a long motor boat (as part of the tourist experience) that takes us along the canal that leads to the floating market.
Joann and I take our time walking alongside the canals, where the boats are. This place was designed for tourists, as there were endless souvenir shops, and a few restaurants selling exhorbitantly priced food. We walked past these and paid attention to the boats on the canals, that sold an array of things you'd find at a market - fresh veges, fruits, even meals like noodle soup, that were prepared upon request, and served to you as you stand nearby. There were tables and chairs for your to sit and enjoy your bowl of pork noodles or rice porridge.
There were even canal tours that you could take by sitting in a long tail boat, which will take you into the heart of the floating market, as you mix it up with the women and men in their floating shops. Expect to be harrassed (albeit harmlessly) when you take that boat ride.
Being a humid day, and not being able to take pictures, I did my best with my camera phone and then settled down on the park style benches along the canals, to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Damnoen Saduak floating market, while Joann was busy clicking away on her camera, then shopping for local snacks like roasted bananas and local style sausages and samosas for sale at the numerous canal-side stalls.
Before we knew it, our two hours were up and we headed back to our meeting point where we were shown a plate with our pic on it, which of course we had to pay for. Politely declining the offer, Joann, myself and the two couples that were with us when we made our way here, headed back into the van and to our hotel an hour later, where we showered and changed before checking out and walked back to the bus point to catch our airport shuttle.
I quite enjoyed the tours, as I really wasn't up to exploring Bangkok on my own, especially since we only had a limited number of days, and planned to do and see a lot. Tours are the only way to go when you're pressed for time.
I do plan to make it back to Bangkok, but this time, I'll do it in a week as opposed to just four days.