Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 108 - Temples, Food and Markets

What a great day today.

It had been a week or two since we caught up with yammies best mates. All girls he studied with at university and who he worked with at his job here in Bangkok. They are really sweet and in their early 20's like Yammie, so a bundle of energy.

We picked them up this morning at 9.00am just around the corner from our condo and we headed off for our days excursion. Today is Sunday, and "Buddha Day" this is a very popular day for locals to head off to the temple for the day.

I have decided that Thai people love to especially do four things -

1. Eat
2. Buy stuff at the markets
3. Go to the temple
4. Talk

..... And today I can see why people love Sunday's. They can go to the temple and buy stuff including food at the markets near the temple while talking with their family and friends. Talk about madness and mayhem in a good way.

We arrived at the first temple where it seemed half of Bangkok was. It was a 40 minute drive out of the city. The first step after navigating the madness to find a park was to offer a donation then pick up a candle, a couple of incense sticks, and three little pieces of paper with tiny squares of gold leaf in them. Then we whipped off our shoes and hustled our way to a podium where you planted the incense and dropped off your flowers after a little bow of the head and pray. Then it was off to another room where you again bustled your way to the front tp offer another prayer then rub the gold leaf on a giant buddha. After this we went to the main area just to have a look. It was very cool!

Bustling with the 1000's ....

You rub the gold leaf on one of these statues....

Me with my new super short tropical heat friendly hair cut.

Yammie with his girlfriends

After this we headed to a local market where we enjoyed a great seafood meal and walked through the hustle bustle picking up little morsels of Thai food along the way. At these places we went to today, I would have seen 1000's and 1000's of people and I only saw one other "falang" all day. It was just brilliant. After the meal we split the bill and it came out to about $4 each. Brilliant!

From here we went to another hugely popular local Sunday tourist spot. It seemed that there were a number of overseized deities that people were worshipping here.

Yammie trying to work out where we were....

There was a large market here too, but we headed off to a floating market not too far away that was fascinating in the all the shop keepers were sitting in boats with their food cooking for people.

Yes, that is dirty brown water....

From here we headed to the final market for the day which was on the river again. Here we had yet another meal which when split came to a whopping $1 each.

It was then time to head back to the city. We have just arrived home.

A great day!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to follow my blog. Cheers, Nick.


SonjaM said...

Nick, you are such a lucky fella, seeing and embracing all these things, and meeting all these friendly people. Please continue to tell your travel tales, and I will follow. I like the fat pink elephant by the way!

Geoff James said...

Got to say that we really loved the Thai people, despite not really getting too far away from the main tourist spots. Even then, the street sellers etc were pretty gracious and happy to chat - in direct comparison to the Balinese street traders!

MasterBry said...

The floating market looks pretty cool, do they gather any food/fish from that, or are they collecting it else where, then docking there to sell there wares ?

It's very interesting stuff Nick, great Blog.


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