It’s always a great day when you can get out of the big city of Bangkok. Gradually, the noise subsides and you can breathe fresh air again.
The Damnoen Saduak floating market in the Ratchaburi Province west of Bangkok still functions as a legitimate floating market.
To get to the actual floating market, it’s fun to take a long boat that weaves in and out of the houses on stilts as you approach the market.
Locals paddle around on hang yaws, bumping into each other like bumper boats as the crowds appear. This lady got caught in a 4-boat traffic jam.
Fruits and vegetables are weighed and traded…
…while others turn their hang yaws into floating kitchens or souvenir boats.
We were there to capture images of the market, but a tour group of school children found us to be a more interesting subject.
We opted to stay at the market most of the morning, foregoing the elephant rides, snake shows and other tourist traps, but we did visit the wood carving factory on the return trip. Carvers work with hand chisels and mallets to create masterpieces out of different types of wood. The intricacy of details is beyond belief and pictures hardly to justice to their work.
Many works take up to 3 master carvers over 9-months to create. Look at the detail!
I’m saving the best photos from the day (more specifically the market) for a new website gallery. It will be posted when more time is available to get online.