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The River cruise & floating market in Bangkok.

Updated: Jul 30, 2019

All that immersion in history & monuments made me hungry, so I stopped at this fruit vendor selling ice cold tropical cut fruits, a welcome respite from the sunny Bangkok afternoon! Musk melon, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, rose apple, Thai guava & mango. One of each please!

I must have literally stared with my mouth wide open & this street vendor! Note that the video is in real time & not x2 speed. She was actually that fast. She sold Thai roti pancakes. I have never eaten egg and banana this way but I decided to give it a shot. Toppings included condensed milk, coconut cream, ovaltine, honey & chocolate sauce! And omg it was soo good! Just off the pan, warm & sweet!

That night, I experienced dining a Thai degustation meal served on a 75 year old traditional rice barge sailing in the Chao Phraya river. It was a unique experience because it remains the only authentic antique rice barge operating on the river. The meal was complemented with the graceful Thai dance form & the lilting tunes of a lady playing the khim, a stringed musical instrument native to the region

The Bangkok floating market was an afternoon of chaos & drama with boats maneuvering deftly in the narrow canal, hawkers on either side as well as in boats selling knick knacks & skewers of meat being grilled right there on the boat beside mine on a charcoal grill! Overall it was an entertaining experience with lots of laughs!

All that floating around made me extremely hungry for some food! I had set off early to the market & this was about to be my first meal. My amazing tour guide Kat (from Siam World Heritage tours) who I found on AirBnB experiences was about to take me to the local cafeteria on the banks of the canal which houses the floating market. I couldn't wait!

In my next post, I talk about the famous Train market & all its wonderful produce. Also some ingredients that I brought back home with me :)

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