We took a speedboat about an hour outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets.
To me, the journey there was more fun than the actual market.
The market was real life insanity. At least a hundred boats jammed-packed into this tiny canal with both tourists and locals alike trying to buy items from fresh fruits to elephant pants.
Because the boats are motorized, and there are at least 100 boats in a close proximity to each other, I’m sure I took three years off my life by being forced to breathe in exhaust fumes.
I purchased my first pair of elephant pants and got a pair of earrings. Negotiating/haggling a price is the way of life in Thailand, but I was terrible it! Everything was already so cheap! They say your initial offer should be half of the going price and work your way up from there. Ended up getting the pants and the earrings for 400 baht which is about $12-13 USD. I think I got a pretty good deal!
Next up….you guessed it, more temple hopping.
We arrived at Nakhon Pathom. I saw the standing Buddha, but apparently, the famous Reclining Buddha was also here, but I missed it. But, as my shirt says, it is what it is 🤷🏽♀️
I walked around for a few minutes before heading back to the bus to wait for the rest of the group. I was definitely exhausted. We had a few hours to spare before our classic Thai dinner show that night and the only thing I wanted to do was have a glass of wine by the pool and take a cat nap. So that’s exactly what I did 😁
Silom Village, where the classic Thai dinner show was held was….interesting. It involved typical Thai dances and I think it told a cohesive story. But because I was losing 3-0 to jet-lag, I quickly ate and snuck out in the middle of the show.
Also, if you’re going to Thailand, it is very helpful to pack fiber. My diet during the trip consisted of mostly noodles and rice and by day 5, but my body was showing signs of being off its regular diet of mostly fruit and veggies and having trouble digesting my new starchy diet. I stopped by a 7/11 store (they are EVERYWHERE in Thailand) to pick up what I thought was Milk of Magnesia. I even asked the girl at the counter since the bottle was in Thai and she pointed at my stomach. After getting back to my room and drinking half the bottle and nothing was moving and shaking, I got someone to translate it for me…it was heartburn medicine *facepalm*.
I settled in for the night since we were leaving Bangkok bright and early to head by bus to a small city called Phitsanulok, a small city known for its popular night market. In route to the city, we would have a quick stop in Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
– The grounds of Ayutthaya and the serene ruins there
– Visited Wat Pa Lelai, a scared temple dating back to 800 years, home to a 75 foot golden statue of Buddha
– I learn what a Rickshaw ride is and bust my tailbone in front of everyone
– I caught dinner in a trashcan lid and I have the video to prove it!