Another day, another tour. But this tour was the best fun! Broni chose the Floating Market tour and again we went with the same company and had a wonderful guide. This market was called Damnernsaduak. There seem to be several floating markets (on Tripadvisor). We went by bus to a point in the country and then we rode on a long-tail boat down the canals for half an hour. Very much recommended. Fast and furious. If we had had another day, I would have gone on a longer trip on the canals.
When we reached the market it was a shadow of its former self. Most of the boats contained tourists rather than market stall-holders as they had moved on to the land. Yes, actual shopping. We spent half an hour in this part of the market. It was around lunchtime, so we asked our guide where to buy the coconut pancakes. From a boat, handed over in a basket on a long pole. Small, like the size of Dutch poffertjes, if you know those. We shared a serving, then we had one each. That good.
Then we were taken to another part of the market for another half hour. Suddenly, nice Thai gifts for our friends. Also important – elephant pants for me. We had been seeing some tourists wearing black and white pants with an elephant design. I wanted some, but hadn’t seen any to buy. Now I have black and white elephant pants, and navy and white fish pants. But only half an hour to shop! Needed longer, but didn’t have , it so went our separate ways and shopped madly. Gifts for friends, Christmas shopping. Great. Even had time to buy some of the little rice cakes the guide recommended.
Back at the hotel, we were hot and if you look on the right hand side of the page you will see what we had. Yes, there was one in the hotel lobby. Very refreshing for a couple of hot Dottoresse.
That evening we ate in the hotel, yet again. It is one thing I really dislike about Bangkok. It is so slow to get anywhere by car, and you can’t safely just choose somewhere on the street near the hotel. But the food was good, so good that I had pad thai again. I also drew part of the huge decorative feature in the middle of the coffee shop. Then we finally went to the bar to use our ‘welcome drink’ vouchers. The bar was empty. No wonder. Two television sets playing different programs. Time for bed.