Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market

The floating market a few hours’ drive from Bangkok is a really neat experience. The Lonely Planet advises that you get there extremely early. They’re right. We got there slightly before the crowds of tourists and were greeted by the signts of a fresh market. Once again, eating random things was the order of the day. Bananas breaded in coconut and fried were my favourite.

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Unfortunately, on our way out we got caught up in the influx of tourists. By that point the market had completely changed over to sell nothing but tourist kitsh. I think the look of our navigator says it all.

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After a while, he gave up trying to paddle.

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There was a traffic jam under this bridge serious enough to rival anything in Jakarta. Of course, it’s more pleasent when it doesn’t involve the exhaust from a thousand motorcycles.

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On our way out this motorcycle training simulator passed us.

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A random boat ride in Bangkok

We went down to the river to see if we could catch a river ferry. Instead, we caught the local tourist boat. The cruise was a nice way to spend a hot afternoon. The entertainment was a combination of local life on the banks of the river, and two meatheads who were on the same boat as us.

They over-paid so much for the their beers from a floating vendor that she gave the captain and another guy on the boat free drinks for bringing them out to see her.

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Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo

I flew to Bangkok for the weekend to meet up with Joya and her sister, Kim. One of our first stops was Wat Phra Kaeo, the temple home of Thailand’s Emerald Buddha inside the Grand Palace of Bangkok.

We bought the audio guide which, while lacking substantial knowledge, did give names and brief descriptions of all the buildings we were looking at.

I’ve never seen anything so glittery or colourful. It really was spectacular.  I don’t have much else to say except that now I’m convinced that all that glitters is in fact gold, and that it looks like it’s possible to buy a stairway to heaven.