We had an early start this morning (Thursday), up at 6.35am and downstairs by 7 to be picked up for a day trip to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the famous Maeklong Railway Market.
The minibus had air con, which was a relief as it was already baking hot at 7am and it took about two hours to get to the first market, Maeklong Railway, which was reliant on the train times, for reasons that will become apparent…
So, we arrived and were informed that the train would be coming at 9.40am and that we need to make sure we are out of the way…Anywho, we started to make our way through the market, along the train tracks (don’t panic, parents!).
Then, at 9.35am, Kim and I scuttled out of the way and stood behind a fruit stall. None of the vendors started moving. Fair enough, maybe it doesn’t take long…9.40am, none of them batted an eyelid! Soon, we heard the train horn, then everything happened quickly!
Madness! We could have reached out and touched it! Then it was all over! Business resumed quickly! Such an interesting market to visit!
After the train passed, we had to get back to the minibus to get to the next market, which was about half an hour away.
It wasn’t always a smooth journey, with people on the stalls grabbing the boat so you could look at their wares… not to mention all the hundreds of other tourist-filled boats making their way around the route. There were boats selling freshly cooked food, fresh coconuts, mango and sticky rice, beer, fruit, hats, umbrellas, bracelets, lamps! Not sure which tourists are buying lamps and sticking them in their rucksacks but it didn’t appeal to us!
We then got out of the boats and were given time to wander along the stalls running alongside the canal. It was absolutely baking in the heat, so we got ourselves a cold drink and just sat quietly and watched the market happen for a few minutes. Soon, we were ushered by our driver onto another long boat, this one had a motor unlike the first one, and taken around the surrounding village to see what it was like for people who lived there, which was interesting, though the driver went so fast that we couldn’t really take it all in!
We were dropped off on Khao San Road again and nipped into a Seven Eleven for some water and crisps. Before heading up to the pool for a few hours to make the most of the sunshine.