MORE OF BANGKOK: FLOATING MARKET, THE GRAND PALACE AND FOOD THAT WILL MAKE YOU DRIBBLE (OR PACK YOUR BAGS AND GO TO THAILAND)

One of the places worth seeing while in Bangkok is a floating market. There are several of them and are often set up just outside of the city. The one we went to was called Talling Chan and the taxi from the nearest BTS station cost us 90 Baht (less than 3$). We were glad we went to see that particular one, as it was not overcrowded. We tried something like an omlette with sweet sour and spicy vegetarian filling. It was absolutely amazing. We took 1-hour river about around the local canals (60 Baht). I loved seeing all those houses on the water.

We tried something like an omlette with sweet sour and spicy vegetarian filling. It was absolutely amazing. We took 1-hour river about around the local canals (60 Baht). I loved seeing all those houses on the water.

On the following day we took a river boat in Bangkok to the Grand Palace (or Royal Palace if you prefer). It was unbelievably hot and humid and the amount of gold that shone in the sun was unusual to us. The Buddhist temple right in the middle of the complex made probably the biggest impression.

  

After that we had our first adventure with a tuk tuk driver (tip of the day: bargain hard!), who took us to China town. That wasn’t that impressive I must say. My partner bought some mango from a street stall and when we were finished with it, he wanted to throw the bag away to what looked like a common bin bag with trash in it. Then a Chinese lady started yelling at him upon his act. Clearly, he was not supposed to throw his trash in HER bin bag.  My partner said “Ok, I’m sorry, I didn’t know.” In return she showed angry teeth, yelling “sorry, sorry!!!” and… spanked his bum with a cardboard. We were both shocked. I wanted to say something in defense, but Abdi said to me: “Lets just go, hun”.

I was getting hungry, which didn’t help my spirits. We stopped at some point and bought some fried snack. We walked for a bit more and found a really nice café (shame I didn’t take any pictures) where we had a cold drink. I felt like I was slowly coming back on track.

In the evening we met up with my long time German friend Alex, whom I had met through couchsurfing about 5 years before. Funny how you cross paths with people and then you see them a few years later on completely other end of the World. Our couchsurfing host Julia, with whom we were spending the last 3 nights in Bangkok, joined us after a little while. Julia’s Thai is quite impressive and she always knew the best food to order. Every day she would take us out for a branch and / or dinner and we tried things that we otherwise wouldn’t know they existed.

Upon Julia’s recommendation we went to see Jim Thompson’s house, which was done all in native Thai style. You could watch how cotton thread is separate there, in the garden you could feel like in a mini jungle and there were also some Thai dancers. The exterior is free to see and if you want to see the interior it’s not too expensive.

That evening we got a well deserved Thai massage. 2 hours of full body massage and stretching your bones. It was really, really good.  We booked …. Upon recommendation of our friend and it was a great choice. The place was huge, it had lots of rooms and felt luxurious.

Having a dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant where we ate a delicate fish felt like a perfect finish of our time in Bangkok. Our host Julia made it even more special when after returning to her place, she took us to the roof of her building and showed us Bangkok skyline.

The following day we made it to Vipassana meditation centre. That was an experience and then some! You can read about it here.

Thank you for reading.

Boogie

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Hello stranger! My name is Bogna, but you can call me Boogie. I come from Poland, but have lived in a few different countries, including UK and USA. In the past I have been a summer camp counsellor, special needs teacher, cruise ship photographer and  IT Support. I am the author of BoogiePlanet.com This website is all about the experiences I encounter in different cultures and the World I see through my lens. You can help me fulfill my dream to be a travel photographer and perhaps to inspire you to travel by liking my page on Facebook, or following me on Twitter


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