the floating market experience-bangkok 2007

it was a clear and beautiful tuesday morning as we headed out early to ratchaburi province, a 2-hr drive from bangkok, for the damnoen saduak floating market tour. this floating market is over 100 years old, and considered to be the biggest and most popular in thailand. we had to be there early since the market closes at 11:00 am, and it is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors, buyers and tourists.

yes, this is the stuff we see in pictures...a colorful and lively 'street' full of small rowing and long-tailed engine boats with vendors selling food, particularly locally produced fruits and vegetables, and more.

it was buying and eating floating market style as we sampled fruits and noodles and shopped for souvenir items from our paddle boat.

N even spotted some sweet tacos (actually, sweet coconut pancake - or something like that) and bought me a bag, most probably as a guilt-gift, since he deprived me a few days earlier (yes, i shall never forget, mister!).

the sun was already quite scorching when we finished the tour, and before heading home, we cooled off with some delicious ginger tea, and by having our pictures taken with a monstrous python.

from waterway traffic, it was time to navigate through land traffic in the evening, as we rushed for our dinner cruise along chao praya river. we thought we wouldn't be able to make it, but N's cousins had the time wrong and we ended up being at the ship an hour early. it was also rather chilly but i didn't mind. it was a great excuse for an excess of embraces!

this was our last tour day, and it couldn't have been any less perfect.

posted by vina @ 1:55 PM           


At 10:03 PM, April 03, 2007, Anonymous snglguy said...

Geez, that phyton looked like it can swallow the both of you... :-D

It's obvious, THAT is one HAPPY Vina...

At 3:52 AM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous chase said...

It looks like you are really having fun there. Lovely pictures and what a huge snake!

At 7:40 AM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous ghee said...

i really wanna experience shopping around sa floating market,looks so interesting to me :)

what a snake,yikeeessss..

Hey Vins,nasa blog ko pala ang magandang pic mo,sorry,di na ako nagpaalam :)

have a nice day!!

At 10:13 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger vina said...

SNGLGUY> haha! now, that would have been a tragedy! :P

CHASE> heavy, too!

GHEE> happy blog anniversary ate ghee! :)

At 10:33 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger tin-tin said...

still not over the thailand trip. hehehe. and vina, parang kain ka ng kain. hehehe. weren't you scared sa python? :)

At 10:50 AM, April 04, 2007, Blogger vina said...

TIN> hehe, i had been procrastinating :P

this was my 3rd photo session with a snake! i actually wanted to carry it on my back but it was just too heavy. :P

At 8:42 PM, April 04, 2007, Anonymous chase said...

God that looks heavy indeed!

At 7:52 AM, April 05, 2007, Blogger jase said...

Hello Sister,

I'm soooo HAPPY to see you really happy and enjoying life! Your smile says it all!

Best wishes to you and N. You are indeed a perfect pair!

Happy Easter!!!!

Good idea to enjoy and rest in Bacolod!

At 4:25 PM, April 05, 2007, Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's some big snake!

Happy Easter!

At 9:03 PM, April 05, 2007, Anonymous iskoo said...

sobrang tamis ng mga prutas dyan sa thailand, bakit kaya?

At 3:53 AM, April 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*hands you some sweet tacos* :P

At 3:54 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger dreaming-neko said...

happy easter, V!

At 10:03 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger vina said...

CHASE> yeah...too bad cos i would have wanted to have it all to myself! :P

JASE> hehe. thanks sis!!! *mwaah!*

SEÑOR> happy easter to you, too! :)

At 10:07 AM, April 10, 2007, Blogger vina said...

ISKOO> yes, i noticed that, too! bakit nga kaya? :P

ANONYMOUS> is this you, babe? hehe. *quickly stuffs sweet tacos in mouth*

NEKO> ditto! :P

At 12:15 PM, April 10, 2007, Anonymous fruityoaty said...

Oh, that's a photographer's dream... so many interesting photo subjects!

Wow, you're pretty brave...with that monstrous python draped over you like that... Yikes! OK, I'm not sure I could do that as I'm... well, have a fear of snakes. But wow, that's an awesome picture to show off!

I'm now hankering for a sweet coconut pancake.

At 6:42 PM, April 10, 2007, Blogger vina said...

FRUITYOATY> hey! those sweet coconut pancakes are mine! :P

At 8:24 AM, April 16, 2007, Anonymous mitsuru said...

nice pics and nice places. always a joy to travel and learn at the same time. :)

hey, if the exotic restaurant in kalayaan, laguna which is a few minutes from pagsanjan is still open, you can meet samantha there, much much bigger sawa than that one. LOL


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