Postcards of Thailand often show floating markets with colorful fruits and vegetables neatly arranged on a boat. I wanted to see for myself what the hype was about so I did some research and a couple of floating markets got my attention.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Known for its vibrant display, it attracts tourists from around the world. The urge to take photos almost drove me to pick this market, but I got discouraged by the idea of packed tourists. I don't hate them. People should spend their money and travel however they want (granted they don't hurt others). But the problem is that it usually is too crowded and things cost more in places with a lot of tourists.
Amphawa Floating Market
It's not as colorful as Damnoen Saduak, but the locals love it for its delicious food. I decided this was the place for me. As much as I wanted to take beautiful photographs, I thought it would be a change to make my stomach happy this time.
Amphawa floating market fed me richly. Food was cheap and abundant so it was hard for me to stick to my budget. I spent most of my emergency cash in this market because everything looked so good! I didn't even realize that I spent my reserves until I left.
My favorite was the freshly-made pad thai (I don't have a picture, too hungry to bother) and the tasty coconut balls in banana leaves. The milk tea, as usual, was perfect for the hot and humid afternoon!
Exploring the Market
People ate their meals by the canal on a wooden platform. It was very appetizing just looking at the seafood cooked on the boat.
Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon quirky little shops and encountering even quirkier owners. I stepped into a shop and was amazed that the prices were so afordable! I was able to buy a custom-painted pair of shoes for only 300 Baht.
Most people had gone home with a full belly, but I stayed to explore the market. People were washing their dishes on the murky water. The boats, emptied of food, were ready to leave. And when the canal cleared up, the children took over, jumping into the water and laughing as they ran back up the bridge. It was entertaining to watch them. It reminded me of my childhood when my siblings and I played in the pool all day.
As the sun came down, I was ready to retreat into my room, lay in bed, and recount all the delicious food I ate that day. I booked a room with a window that opened into the canal. Since I was on the second floor, I left it open so I could hear the market as it slowly began to quiet down.