Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thailand Trip: Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market

This will be a blog post entry of a very scared girl, on a boat, at the oldest Floating Market in Thailand.

Throughout my whole trip in Thailand, this was the most interesting / scary experience of all. We got to the oldest floating market in Thailand and its the Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market.

It was really jam packed with tourists and it really looked like the floating markets they showed on TV. A pasar malam on a river. They have 2 types of boats to offer, the newer and bigger ones which had motors and a shade to cover. Naturally this is the more stable one. Then there were the traditional ones where they will row the boat with sticks and there's no roof, and this was generally not so stable.

We got the traditional boat. Lucky us. =.=

So at the dock where we started the journey, the boats were really side by side and rubbing edges at each other so you cannot put your fingers at the sides of the boat and you cannot stick your hands out.

It was kind of like a 2 way street turned into a 4 way street (or river in this case). The boats were not going in the same direction either. It was really quite chaotic. Then whenever another boat knocks us, our boat will shake, so it was very scary la!

They had vendors on boats and also vendors by the side of the rivers. So if you're interested in something, they will stop the boat for you to take a look or buy the stuff. They sell everything from clothes to food.

But I do not recommend to buy any food from there though, because the place is very dirty. There were a lot of flies everywhere and I even saw a lady vendor washing her hands with the extremely dirty river water, then continue to handle the food that she was going to sell. Super unhygienic! My sis and I bought a coconut to share, but after 5 sips, it was gone =.= Felt like we got cheated.

Anyway, we were too stressed trying not to fall out of the boat to really shop there. There was one point when the river was not crowded and then I realized I preferred when there were boats beside us. The risk of falling over is smaller. 

You just have to really watch out for the boats and do your best to balance it out. There are no life jackets for the traditional boats by the way.

Oh yes, I bought a hat! Not from the floating market, but from a stall outside of that area. Haha. The hats there are cheaper than anywhere else, especially if you buy more. Got this hat for 150 baht :D

Super relieved after the boat ride! It was a good experience, just not sure if I would want to repeat it ever again. lol.

Other Thailand Trip posts
What I wore to the airport

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Thailand Trip: Chocolate Ville, Bangkok

This was my first and also the best stop in Thailand. I highly highly recommend this place for anyone that is going to Bangkok. It's called Chocolate Ville, but no, it doesn't sell chocolates. It's actually a restaurant serving western food with a Cowboy town theme going on. It is most definitely the largest and most gorgeous restaurant I've EVER been to!

The food was great! I don't know the prices individually though because we joined a tour so they already had everything pre-booked for us. The German pork knuckles were amazing and their Tom Yam soup is the bomb! Also, somehow, pineapples from Thailand are really really sweet, so eat ALL the pineapples whenever you can get your hands on them.

You will have to make reservations before going there as they are very very packed with people. I recommend going there early, like maybe have your dinner at 5pm, and then you can go around and start taking photos at 6pm so that it won't be too dark.

For seating options, they have indoors and outdoors. We had our meal indoors, and this is what it looks like outdoors.

Okay, tons of pictures up ahead: 

As you can see, every single corner is very picture-worthy. It's just so pretty and romantic. You will probably need at least an hour to look at every single corner.

Like I said, it's really packed with people, locals and tourists alike. So, have to accept that not all your photos can be tourist free la. lol. Like this one. No idea who that girl is but we took a picture together at this gas station anyway. haha

Love how blue the sky is too! Just makes the scenery more beautiful :')

There is a lighthouse where you can climb up and get an eagle's eye view on the whole place. A bit of warning: The steps are really narrow, so it will be hard when there's 2 people walking on the staircase in different directions. The wind is very strong too, so uh, if you plan to wear a short skirt or dress, hold onto it. Lol.

The view is amazing though. These photos just don't do the place justice. You really have to see it for yourself.

Will most definitely visit there again if I have the chance! If any of you ever go to Bangkok, do visit this magical place. I'm sure you won't regret it!

Other Thailand Trip posts
What I wore to the airport
* Floating Market experience 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Airport Fashion #2

 I just got back from my 5 days and 4 nights trip to Thailand with my family (16.7.2015 - 20.7.2015), so of course I am going to blog about it, starting off with what I wore to the airport.

Flower dress and Brown Belt from F Block  l  Black Cardigan from Cotton On  l  Black Wedges from Vincci  l  Black Bag Pack from Jonker Walk

Like I said in my first airport fashion post, I opt for comfortable and practical outfits when it comes to travelling. So I chose a flowy sleeveless dress that's almost knee length, a black cardigan in case it gets cold, and also a comfy pair of wedges.

I also prefer to carry backpacks instead of handbags on trips, simply because:

  • Number 1 - Both my hands are free to hold my phone / water bottle / maps / shopping bags
  • Number 2 - Can store more things
  • Number 3 - The weight of the bag is distributed evenly on both shoulders, so the shoulders won't be sore

Will be documenting the rest of my trip later, and all the posts of my Thailand Trip will be under the label M ♥ Thailand, so if you click on the label, all of the posts will be shown :D

Update soon!

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