In 2013 we had our endeavor on Thailandese's land. As was our first time in Asia we fell in love with it at first sight. Thailand is a beautiful country: the nature is amazing, people are very kind, but there was one thing that stuck in my memory more than others: the floating markets.
Some people find them outstanding, some may think they are a classic tourist trap. And in some way, they are both right. Although Damnoen Saduak is the most popular and probably most attractive for photographers, we have chosen a smaller one. And it was the best decision. Taling Chan Floating Market has just the right amount of everything. You can find enough boats there that will feed your hunger for colorful photos, you can eat a delicious food in a small charming restaurant/stall and you can buy a lot of exotic fruits, fishes, groceries and souvenirs of all kind. But, the whole experience doesn't stop there.
Although we were planning to go there by bus and taxy combination from Bangkok, we decided last minute to take a longtail boatride. This way we got the opportunity to see the real life by the river. It was amazing! The floating market isn't just a tourist attraction, but represents the everyday life on thousands of Thailandese. The ride lasted about 20 minutes in one way and we enjoyed every second of it. We witnessed a very special and different culture, with very kind people waving and smiling at us, real families living just right there. It was truly and one of kind experience.
Time wasn't enough for us to soak in all of that amazing atmosphere. The market is small, only allow visitors to stay from 30 to 45 minutes. I wish we had time to stop in each every stall and taste their food, have their drinks and just enjoying be surrounded by such wonder.
If you're going to Thailand, I definitely recommend to get lost in the floating markets. It's such a wonderful experience and very different than anywhere else (outside Asia).
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