Shopping is the Thai nations favorite pastime, second only to eating. And lucky for me I love doing both – Eating and Shopping.
But let me say this, shopping here can be overwhelming because there are so many options, from luxury malls and exciting night markets to the famed Chatuchak weekend market. (Did you know Anderson Cooper has been to that market – sorry just thought I’d throw that in there because I think AC is just the coolest)
Anyway, for this week I wasn’t too sure what to share. But after some thought I figured I would like to share something that is very Thai. But before I do let me just say that the grocery stores here are not too different from everywhere else, except for the signage. I can’t read Thai and because of it I think I miss out on a lot of great deals. And secondly I reckon that once you’ve been in one mall you’ve been in them all. Of course there are a differences here and there but really ……
So here it is - I give you shopping the farang (tourist) way, because I consider myself a tourist, a local one anyway. This way is totally chaotic, colorful and noisy. It’s a Floating Market. The one we went to is called Damnoen Saduak, and is probably the most famous one here in Bangkok. It is shopping from a boat. There are small khlongs or canals filled with flat boats. The boats are piled high with fresh produce and others with Thai souvenirs. Make sure to bargain because the vendors are more than happy too work something out. Another piece of advise – keep your fingers in your boat!!
I had such a good time that I plan on going again!
I hope you enjoy my pictures.
Thanks again Jane for this wonderful idea. Jane can be found at Spain Daily and has such a wonderful blog.
Here are the links to the other participants of this wonderful idea. (Thanks Ian and Joyce. You were right it’s so easy to add the links!!)
jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie,esti, sophie, cele, modsquad, caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april
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