On Day 2 of my trip to Thailand I traveled to 2 incredible markets just outside of Bangkok.
The Floating Market is a representation of what Bangkok used to be - "Venice of the East." As Thailand industrialized, all of the canals were filled up with dirt and covered with roads and skyscrapers.
|Getting into our tiny boat|
|Cruising along to the sound of a very loud boat motor and the sight of beautiful, tropical trees and plants|
|The whole crew|
|Quick stop at the Coconut Sugar Farm on our way to the market|
|Making some coconut sugar|
|Those of us who aren't allergic to coconut tested it out.|
|Back on the boat, but hungry - no problem!|
|It's never a challenge to find someone selling food in Thailand. Never.|
This is the view floating through the main area of the market. It's packed with boats and lined with shops, where you can purchase whatever you want without leaving your boat! And if you have a pro-Thai-translator with you (like my uncle) you can get the discounted "Thai price."
|And more shops|
This market is cool because it's kind of like a series of secret tunnels. There's one entrance to a huge tarped space that just goes and goes and goes. The Thailand heat makes it sweltering in there without a breeze and the odors of meat and fresh fruit and sweat all mingle together. It's quite a sight to see though, especially if you can witness the train run right through the center of the market!
|There are several different types of pineapple sold in Thailand. This one was our favorite - a little sweet, a little salty.|
|This is the outer market - hold on, it gets more awesome|
Okay, check this out. The left photo is still the outer market. Walk down the train tracks, under the tarps, and you're in the inner market (right photo). You can keep walking along the train tracks or turn into the bulk of the market on either side. The heat is sweltering. There's food everywhere, anything you can think of - produce, meat, fish, clothes, dried fruit, even bras and shoes. Cool part still to come!
|I wasn't kidding about the bras|
This is the cool part. All of these people tear down and re-setup their shops every single time the train comes through the market! All in a day's work, right?
Wat Pho Temple and the Grand Palace