Touristy, but fun!
01.26.2008 - 01.26.2008 85 °F
On Saturday morning, my friend took me out to the Floating Market, which is a bit outside of Bangkok. As we were driving out, the scenery turned industrial and then agricultural. Soon it was rice fields, salt drying fields and palm trees instead of the concrete jungle of Bangkok. We took a local shortcut there which involved looking out for the giant soysauce bottle and then turning left at the giant fish sauce bottle. hahah.
Once we got there, we quickly hopped on a boat to do some floating shopping. We both hadn't eaten breakfast, so we both had food on our minds. We got some noodles, coconut pudding and some thai iced tea for brunch.
You can see the noodle lady and her boat in the background. It was sort of a build-your-own-noodle-dish affair. I opted for rice noodles with some sprouts, coriander and a bit of pork. Then you add the condiments, such as fish sauce, crushed peanuts, sugar and dried red chilis.
The coconut pudding came in a little leaf package and also had roasted coconut inside.
As you float down the canal, the sides are lined with stores that sell mostly tourist souvenirs and other boats have fruit and other food to eat.
Besides touring the main canal, my friend talked to the guide in Thai and we went down an older, traditional canal and had some palm juice and bought dried fruit. It was nice; having been in the city, I had forgotten what it was like to have just a few people around and enjoy the quiet.
It was a grand old time -- very colorful and fun. I even got to see a Thai celebrity filming one of her TV series!