Friday, January 25

Floating Market and the Almost First-time Elephant Ride

On the eighth day of our tour we were supposed to go to Ayutthaya.  However, monsoon rains started dominating the skies of Bangkok the previous day.  We prayed that the next day will be a lot nicer but still the sky was overcast and it even rained early that morning. 

We quickly changed our initial plans and had a brainstorm.  Chie and I were thinking what to do on this day. After fetching our lunch, we agreed to stay in Bangkok and talked to the taxi drivers we constantly meet and arranged for pick-up/tour to the nearest floating market.  I have not really made a research on this one so we just relied on their advise.  










We were supposed to sign-up for the 250 THB per person floating market tour that afternoon but to our dismay it was already booked. We should have immediately signed up for this as soon as we arrived in Bangkok.  


This was not our idea of a floating market.  However, we still enjoyed the feeling of being in a floating water vessel while doing our window shopping.  I guess if we had taken this tour earlier in the day, we could have witnessed the actual flow of business here.








After visiting Damnoensaduak Floating Market, our tour included a free side trip to the Elephant Village.  Elephant ride costs 600 THB per person.  I tried to haggle but the ladies were firm that we need to pay this amount even if we are to stay only a few minutes.







Bimbo the elephant

We were glad this day was not put to waste.  Our daytime activities ended rather early and we found ourselves roaming Khao San road later that night again. :-)

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Day 8 Itinerary and Expenses

THB 45 - Breakfast

THB 25 - Tuktuk Ride
THB 600 - Floating Market tour
THB 350 - Taxi

THB 40 - Lunch


FREE - Elephant Village side-trip



Total: THB 1060 or Php 1410.98

conversions done via oanda.com





Other parts in this series
Part 1 - At The Airport
Part 2 - Singapore Skyline, Merlion, Marina Sands and the Cute Couple
Part 3 - New Friends On The Road, Universal Studios And A Little Bit Of Sentosa
Part 4 - Gardens By The Bay, Little India, Chinatown and Cross-border Trip to Malaysia
Part 5 - My Love Affair With Melaka and Petronas Towers
Part 6 - Batu Caves, Merdaka Square and the Sleepy Train Ride to Padang Besar
Part 7 - Padang Besar to Bangkok, New Joe Guesthouse and Khao San Road
Part 8 - You are on it
Part 9 - Ayutthaya
Part 10 - Going Home

12 comments:

  1. sana may version tayo neto .lets improve the malabon area to have this lols.

    - di mo natry paliguan yung elephant?

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    1. :-d so taga Malabon ka pala?! I grew up in nearby Navotas :-)...Di namin natry dahil mahal ang bayad. hehe, thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Wow, malapit na matapos ang SEA trip series! :D

    Eto hindi ko nagawa sa BKK.

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    1. Oo nga malapit na :-)...medyo tinamad na kaya maisgi na lang mga huling part. hehe. See you!

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  3. A floating market! I want to visit a place like that too someday.

    Your itinerary and expense tracking is gonna be a really helpful reference if ever I end up in Bangkok again. Thanks for posting them! :)

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    1. Hello Daene, yeah we did go to this market though we were a bit disappointed coz we didn't get to see too much 'market traffice' :-). But for the experience it was great!

      Thanks for the compliment, thought this might be of help to other travelers :-)

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    2. naku, ako din the first time I went to BKK we have the floating market in out itinerary kaso so late naman kami dumating wala nang floating market! haha.. natira nalang yung mga sarado na na stores and yung mga tindero natutulog na kasi late na.. hay naku! take 2 nalang... ;)

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    3. Hehehe, well for the experience na lang din ano :-)....

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  4. Yan babalikan so sa Thailand... Ang floating market =)

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    1. Me too Jherson kung sakali makabalik soon! :-)

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  5. Akala ko yung elephant sa Manila Zoo. LOL. :D

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    1. Malapit-lapit ko nang ipost yung hehe! :-)

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