Hello hello how's everyone doing? Hope it's not a blue Monday!
I'm here to start my first travelogue post of the recent Bangkok trip. Been planning this since July with my BFF Crystal. We both agree to treat this as our birthday trip since we're both born in October (actually just 5 days apart ^^)
I am the one planning the itinerary and since this is a shopping trip, floating market is not in the list. Moreover, it's located quite far from where we stay, about an hour drive to be exact.
But my friend seems interested so we made an impromptu decision to visit the floating market on the second day.
The taxi driver told us upfront that the taxi fees is 1000 baht (to and fro) and the whole visit is about 2 hours, he'll drop us there and meet us again after that. But what he din't inform is that the 'entrance ticket' to the floating market is 1500 baht per person :(
We only knew about this when we arrived at the boarding place, and the driver had already left us. So we got no choice but to pay that 3000 baht for the both of us (that's RM 150 per person!).
At this time, we felt a bit frustrated and cheated. The driver is being dishonest about this, all he wanted to do is to make business and din't bother to say things clearly. Sigh~
But come to think of it, may be it's due to mis-communication too! That taxi driver speaks very poor English, most of the time we were like playing the guessing game, try to catch what he is saying.
老早就很想去曼谷了，只不过老公一直没时间所以就想说来个姐妹trip！打从7月开始就跟好友一起策划曼谷的行程（虽说大部分都是我在搞定啦）。说起来很三芭一下，自己plan的行程和跟团真的有很大不一样！因为我之前去的团都是有赞助和有agent包办所以一点也不用操心。这次呢就很不一样，因为我们俩都是第一次去曼谷所以得上网做很多功课。不过还好朋友Annie刚从曼谷回来不久， 跟她拿了行程表参考，所以省了我很多功夫 ^^
Anyway, here's some photos of the floating market:
This is the engine boat that took us towards Damnoen Saduak floating market, said to be the biggest and main floating market here.
Just a small river I'd say, very quiet, and it's about 10km long before we reached the main market.
I din't see many boats/tourists along the way, this is when I felt a bit worried, since there're just the 2 of us, and seriously the surroundings are quiet! But I guess I think too much, this is a tourist spot and since I am here, I should just sit back and relax la! xD
So basically we sit inside the boat and passed by lots of souvenirs stalls like this, along the river.
There're residents too! I saw they bath their dogs and wash their clothes using the river water, and young children playing here as well. The water is very muddy and dirty to be honest. But I guess this is how they live........
We din't buy anything from this market cause I believe those souvenirs can be found when we go shopping in the city
There're food selling as well
Though the boat is shedded but we sweat a bit, it's hot there at Bangkok
We dropped by a souvenir house and got a chance to see how the people make sugar from coconut, and taste free coconut sugar and coconut drinks.
My partner in crime, Crystal ;)
Next the boat driver brought us to the main market, here we saw more tourists and stalls
Lots of vendors selling food/souvenirs in their small rowing boats here
Boat traffic jam. Boats are floating just next to each other but still managed to move. The driver reminded us to watch out for our hands though, so that we won't hurt ourselves.
Next, we had a 10 minutes stop at an Emerald Buddha temple near the floating market.
We fed the fishes in the river nearby, by paying 100 baht as a donation to the temple, this is one of the activity to do around these temples
We pakat to wear same color ;)
So after 2 hours, we were taken back to the boarding place and met our driver
On the way back, we dropped by Chang Puak Camp (which is actually just next to the floating market).
Guess you can tell what's the activity to do here by looking at their logo. Besides elephant rides, ATV and archery are available here too.
来到了 Chang Puak camp，骑大象咯！这里除了可以骑大象，还可以骑 ATV 和射箭。
We climb up here for our first elephant ride! Tourist can buy a basket of banana to feed the elephant when riding, 100 baht. Regret we din't buy!
Here comes the elephant which carried us!
It was quite an experience la! The elephant that carried us is a male, and his name is Jackpot! He's quite a big one, compared to others I see.
这只伟大的大象名叫 Jackpot！会说伟大是因为我觉得它的工作一点也不容易！每天得来回把几十甚至几百公斤的重量扛在身上！虽说我们满 enjoy 这新体验不过试过一次就够了，认真地想想它们还真辛苦的！（或许是我想太多吧？:p）
The ride lasted for 30 minutes, and it's 600 baht per person.
Other tourists on the rides. Basically the elephants walk on the narrow paths as shown in the pictures.
Then Jackpot carried us and walked in the water! Though it's less than 30 meter but I was kinda scared, what if he lost balance and we all fell into the water! Haha xD
Anyway I guess there's a rare chance of this happening la! Can see the elephant is well trained by his instructor, and very tame too!
And half way through the ride, the instructor offered to take photos for us. He went down just like that leaving us 2 up there with Jackpot, for a few minutes! I was actually worried (again) what if Jackpot suddenly lost his temper and swing uncontrollably? We would surely hurt ourselves! :p
But all the worries are again unnecessary, we were all safe at the end :p
训练师很好，都主动帮我们拍照！不过当时只剩我们俩在上面，还真的挺担心万一 Jackpot 突然发脾气乱晃怎办啊？xD
There are about 20 elephants in this camp, according to the instructor
Though scary but we both enjoyed he ride very much! And that floating market visit, though I feel like kena cheated, but it was overall okay, at least we did some sight seeing this trip ;)