Part II: Bangkok,Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market (Nov 2017)

Day 5

Checked out at 7.00 am and headed to Chiang Rai International Airport for our flight to Bangkok.

In Thailand, monks are highly respected. They even reserve special seats for them at the airport.

Arrived at Don Mueang International Airport Bangkok at around 12.30 pm. Immediately we took a cab to our hotel Sukhumvit Suite Hotel at Vartana District, Bangkok. The hotel is situated next to Asok BTS station.  In fact there is a walkway linked directly from the hotel to the BTS station.

After checking in, we immediately walked to Terminal 21 shopping mall for lunch. Then we took BTS to the next station Phrom Phong to the Naraya Outlet, a famous local brand bag store. Didn’t stay too long there before going back to hotel for a rest.

Dinner was at Terminal 21 again.  Then we walked to Robinson Departmental Store for some shopping.

At night we chilled out with some cocktail at the Indulge Pub & cafeteria, located at the ground floor of the hotel.

At Indulge Cafe, Sukhumvit Suite Hotel

Cocktail at the cafe

Day 6

After breakfast at the McDonald, our hired driver was at the hotel to bring us to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the biggest floating market in Thailand. It was drizzling. In fact the driver asked us whether we would like to cancel the tour because we could not take the boat ride if the rain is heavy. We insisted of going as the rain was not heavy. We booked for 1 hour boat ride to the floating market which cost us 2000 ฿. The 1 hour ride would not allow you to go down to the floating market. You can only buy things on the boat. If you wish to go down, you need to hire 2 hours ride. The floating market was full of tourists and the goods sold there are not cheap either.

Then we proceeded to Wat Bang Kung at the Amphawa District. It is an old temple which was built in 1765 and surrounded by roots and branches of a century old tree. It houses a golden Buddha.  It looks as though the temple is inside the tree! Actually the temple looks very simple both  internally or externally. It is not very popular among the tourists as we didn’t find any tour bus there.

Lunch was at Mae Klong Restaurant. The next itinerary was to visit Maeklong Station to witness the famous railway market, one of its kinds in Thailand, where the train runs through the middle of the market and it is so close that you can touch the train! The market has everything that you can find in Thailand ranging from fruits, veggies, fish, meats, seafood, grocery etc. According to schedule, the train would arrive at 2.30 pm. So we still had time to go around this small cowboy town. Finally, the train arrived sharply at 2.30 pm. But it was a let-down as it didn’t look like the documentary film shown in TV. Here, before the train arrived, the station master already whistled and the vendors all kept their canvas tents and the train slowly approaching at a snail slow speed. What I saw in TV was when the train approaches; the vendors quickly pulled back the tents in time for the train to pass through making it very exciting.

Well it was still early for our next itinerary; i.e. dinner cruise at the Chao Phraya River. So we proceeded to China Town to explore. The setting is like any China Town in any other countries.

We hung around for an hour before going to River City for our cruise dinner on the Chao Phraya and at the same time enjoying the beautiful night scene along the river of Bangkok. The occasional golden hue of lights reflected from the Golden Pagoda make the night scenery more attractive. We were not disappointed as the food was fairly good and there was a live band to entertain us. The singer’s repertoire includes Thai, English, Chinese and Korean, with some Koreans joining the dance party.  The whole trip took 1 ½ hour. The cost was 1300 ฿ per pax. We then did some shopping at the River City before going back to our hotel.

This talented singer renderded out many songs in different languages in the cruise

The eye of Bangkok viewed from the cruise

Different scenes from the cruise

Day 7

It was our last day in Thailand. Everyone woke up late as we didn’t have any itinerary today. We had a simple breakfast at Baipoh café near the hotel. We checked out and put the luggage at the hotel before going to Platinum Fashion Mall for our last minute shopping. At 4.00 pm we were back at the hotel to collect our luggage and took a pre-booked van to the airport for our flight to KL.

At Central Plaza Mall. Most of the malls started to decorate for Christmas celebration

You may also take the ferry or water taxi visit some parts of Bangkok

Overall it was an enjoyable and well organised trip.  

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About HP Lim

An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.