Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: Bangkok's Floating Market



Your Bangkok adventure is not complete without visiting their famous floating markets. Centuries ago, the banks of Chao Phraya River became a settlement area. The lives of the villagers depend on the river banks of Chao Phraya. The tributaries and canals were the primary transportation networks during that time. To answer their basic necessities, markets started to proliferate along the river banks. It canals became a center of trade.

As road and rail networks developed in the late 18th century, the villagers started relocating their markets on the ground, forcing some to close indefinitely.

Today, these floating markets still exist and became one of the famous tourist attractions in Thailand. When we visited Damnoen Saduak floating market in Bangkok, there were a lot of tourists, both local and international. I was really amazed by the experience because it felt like I was transported back to time, sans the selfie sticks, cameras, and smartphones.

There are two ways to explore Damnoen Saduak floating market: canoe or motor boat. We chose the former because i) it felt authentic (motor pumps weren't invented until the Industrial Revolution), and ii) it's cheaper. Just remember to keep your balance when you're on the boat as you might lose your balance and spoil your trip.

Another ordinary day at the floating market

Pad Thai and Fried Rice!


Visitors enjoying the 'experience'.

River traffic.

Thailand it that way!

"Do I look good in this hat?"


And yup, they sell ice cream!

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