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Monday, May 27, 2013

Floating Market and Temple Run , Bangkok Thailand

Floating Market and Temple Run


Bangkok city tour will not be complete without a floating market experience. We've arranged a package tour that will take us to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located in the province of Ratchaburi. It is considered to be the most famous tourist destination among the floating markets in Thailand. We just had an exciting and exhausting temple tour in the enormous Grand Palace of Thailand, so we decided to have a break in the morning and resume the temple run in the afternoon. Good thing a travel agency was offering a package for a floating market tour.

Promo Package : 700 baht for Floating Market (inclusive pick-up transfer-back from hotel)

Travel time: 2 hours away from Bangkok

As early as 6:45 am we were picked up from our place. There are actually buses going there but I wouldn't advice about it because I've heard that without a package tour they will charge you more for the boat ride. By 7:46 am we went to Khao San area to meet the other tourist and waited for quite some time for the late comers. 


After we had our visit in the floating market, we headed to Wat Pho Temple or Wat Phra Chetuphon, famously known as the temple of the reclining Buddha. It is located at Chetuphone road, behind Grand Palace. It is considered as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. The temple is really not that strict with the dress code they provide covers for people who want to see the reclining Buddha inside the temple.
Wat Pho Entrance Fee: 100 baht


Next stop was the Temple of the Dawn or Wat Arun located at the west side of Chao Phraya River. Wear proper dress code when you visit this temple, same goes with Grand Palace to avoid renting clothes which are unnecessary for your budget list. We took the river ferry at Tha Tien Pier which is just a walking distance from Wat Pho Temple. 

Wat Arun Entrance Fee: 120 baht

I've actually planned to see the sunset at the temple but we were not able to get inside. On the other hand, as we depart going back to the city proper, the sunset by the Chao Praya River was explicitly beautiful. 
The part two series of our temple run in Bangkok was energy draining; we needed fuel to jam start our system. A good old Bangkok style food feast was all we need. We had our dinner in standing style position while eating Barbecue with the popular sticky rice. It cost at a very affordable price:

Pork Barbecue: 10 baht
Big Chicken wings: 15 baht
Three little Chicken wings: 30 baht
Sticky Rice: 5 baht

We've purchased some midnight snacks at 7'11 and bought some Thai junk food and a 1.5 liter of Pepsi, which was exactly what we needed to finish a relaxing night.

Junk Foods: 10-25 baht
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