3/10/20

Bangkok, Thailand. Train and Floating Markets

Bangkok, Thailand. Train and Floating Markets are both about an hour and a half outside of Bangkok and worth the trip.



Maeklong Railway Market.  it has a train running through the middle of it several times a day. Right down the middle and close enough to touch!


























Only take a min to take down the awnings and to get their wares out of the way. The train barely passes and it is all back in place.



From the Train Market we stopped at a coconut sugar plant. They cut the flowers from the coconut plant, put them in bamboo tubes to dry, then cook them at a very high heat. This guy is mixing/whipping the mixture to cool it down quickly






Damnoen Saduak floating market. It was a setting used in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.












These ladies row from house to house and if villagers want something they just step out and buy, like a rowing ice cream truck 😋



















Another Temple within the Wat Arun complex.





On the bank of the Chao Phraya River is Wat Arun

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Wat Arun is named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, and its architecture represents the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology.











Wat Saket or The Golden Mount. It’s built on a man-made hill and requires 300 steps to reach the top, but the panoramic views of Bangkok from the top and chiming bells are worth the climb.




Bangkok skyline from Golden Mount

Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This Buddhist temple is one of the largest and oldest in Bangkok and best known for the 46 meters long, 15 meters high Reclining Buddha.


The bottoms of Buddha’s feet are inlaid with mother of pearl

Putting a penny in each bowl for good luck

Wat Traimit, or Temple of the Golden Buddha.


It was by accident and sheer luck this 5-meter high, 5.5-ton statue was discovered as it was accidentally dropped while being moved in 1955 and the plaster it was cased with came off revealing the solid gold statue underneath. It was covered for over 200 years.


Sunset from the  Bangkok Eye Ferris wheel. Goodbye SEA! Heading home tomorrow 😦