One of my dreams ha always been to experience the Bangkok Floating Market. When I was there, I could see myself enjoying the boat ride, with a lot of tourists from all over the world, doing the same.
Riverside shopping is a cultural activity, which has become one of the top tourist activities in Bangkok. I knew that there were five different locations where they had a Floating Market, and I went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (the most popular of them all). My hotel was located at the center of Bangkok City and it took me one hour and a half travel, to reach the market. However, it was not a boring trip because I saw the views of different natural features along the way. The forests, rice fields and different designs of the houses and buildings caught my attention , especially the unique streetlights.
Before reaching the Floating Markets location, we had to ride a speedboat for about fifteen minutes. Actually, I am a person who is contemptibly lacking in the courage to do the small boat ride because of a past, bad, personal experience. I have no choice but to do it, as I had no other way to reach the center of the floating market and this time I enjoyed it very much.
When I reached the market, I said “Oh My God..Thank You, this is a dream come true”. I was almost 2 hours and a half staying in the floating market, and I got the chance to take a lot of pictures. It was my privilege to take pictures of those tourists who are enjoying the food, clothing and a lot of other features in that market. Amazing shall I say.
Everything is cheap, I didn’t do a lot of shopping but I did taste the food they sell in the boats, like the ice cream in a coconut shell, and the sticky rice with very sweet mango. Durian was my favorite but I am afraid to eat because of the smell which I am sure I will bring back to the Hotel.
Not only is food sold on the boats, but I enjoyed the dresses for sale hanging alongside of the river, souvenirs, hats, (necessary because it was an open area and sunny). I was lucky to be provided with a hat from the boat that I boarded.
I was a little sympathetic and concerned for the boat people. I found it a great deal of effort to make a living. I believe buying the products they are selling in their boat is a big help at the end of the day. May God bless them always.
I went back to the Hotel contented and satisfied. It was an unforgettable tour. I said to myself, “ I did what I want to do in Bangkok”. I also did a lot of tours, but Floating Market was the best.
Still …….I am planning to do it again in the future.