What a shame, having never been to this gorgeous place before, living in Thailand 5 years!
I have to blame my laziness.
I have believed, waking up early in Sunday morning is one of the deadly sin.
I have never been to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) - one of the most important and beautiful temple in Thailand until my 4th year stay in Bangkok!
Its quite logical. I would not wake up early.
Wat Arun is its best view early in the morning.
So no way to make the expedition to the place!
As a dedicated photographer, I broke the taboo and drove to the floating market.
According to travel books, there are a few Floating Market around Bangkok.
Most of them is commercialized imitation of Damnoen Saduak.
This floating market is the biggest and most lively place, though
its a bit far from downtown. (Around 100Km from Bangkok) Its in Ratchaburi
Province, famous with fruits farms.
The market is over 100 years old. And still mostly not changed, so they
said. I arrived at the market at 8:30.
Even one who have never been to Thailand, might see some posters of floating
market. Its the most photogenic scenery you can find in Thailand.
If you have camera and film, you can make photos as nice as you saw on post card or poster.
There are hundreds (could be thousands) of small boats filled the Canal.
I rent a water taxi (same kind of boat on the pictures) at 300 Bht, for an hour.
Its horrendous traffic there.
But, unlike cars, the boats doesn't care butting each other. Its virtually not possible you can jump into the water underneath.
Without single traffic police (actually they are formidable source of Bangkok
traffic) or traffic light, boats squeeze through the canal merrily. NO JAMMING at all.
They are selling everything.
You can have Thai style snack or breakfast on your boat. Fruits,
snacks, hats, T-shirts, vegetables, silk dress, toys, you try anything, its there.
Talking about fruits and vegetables, its best place to buy. Both at
quality, quantity and price, local market in Bangkok hardly beat this
place. For souvenirs, I am not sure.
If you watch carefully, there you see yellow flags on the boat.
Take a look.
It is a vegetarian tradition of Chinese Thai. It was first week of October
- then they do not take any meats - even milk or bread (to avoid chance to take
milk in that). Garlic is another NO, NO.
This period they wears white clothes.
I took half roll of film there.
hurried back home to compensate madatory amount of sleep of Sunday.
28 October, 1999
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Floating Market" by Mark Schulz