Travelling is one of life’s best teachers. You learn about history, culture, language, you learn how to adapt, socialize, you realize that the world is big (and beautiful) and you are just a small (but blessed and special) part of it, you learn how to be grateful for what and how you are, you learn more about yourself and the family, friends, and even the strangers you are travelling with.
On our 2nd day in Bangkok, our first stop was the Floating Market, another first and unique experience for us. Nikky was able to experience floating market in Bangkok, but on that day, our driver brought us to the first/original Floating Market which was far from the city center, between 1.5 – 2 hour drive. The Floating Market experience which lasts for about an hour costs 5,000 Baht. We were actually not expecting to pay anything for the Floating Market ride, unless we buy something, so we were quite shocked when we were told that the cost for the experience was 5,000 Baht! Anyway, we charged it to experience, appreciated that we had a wonderful and safe ride, the boat was made of sturdy and shiny wood and it was shaded/covered – we were protected from direct sunlight and heat! Lesson no. 1 – when offered with something, be it an experience, food, or anything, ask first how much it costs – when travelling, barely anything is for free! 😛
During the boat ride, we didn’t buy anything except food. 🙂 One common denominator in our group is we all LOVE to eat!! We are very passionate about satisfying our gastronomic cravings. 😛
After the Floating Market experience, our tummies were ready for lunch, yet another Thai lunch! 🙂 Our driver brought us to Maeklong Train Station Market.
Here’s what we had for Day 2 lunch 🙂 – all soooo goood, yummeeehh and cheap too!! 😉
And of course, a Thai meal wouldn’t be complete without….
After lunch, some train station photo-op 😛
Another common denominator with this group is we all love taking photos and groupies ♥
After lunch, we tried to do some shopping around the Train Station Market, but it was too hot!!
Our next stop was Golden Buddha (Sukhothai Traimit). The Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha is the largest Golden Buddha Image in the world, it was made of pure gold, with a price value of 28.5 million pounds and ages over 700 years by now. It is a valuable treasure of Thailand and Buddhism.
Outside the temple, it looks like this, photos below. We only went to the top floor. There’s a museum on the ground or 2nd floor but we didn’t go anymore.
Our last stop for the day before dinner is another top favorite – Jim Thompson House Museum. Thank you Eia and Gill for recommending this. 🙂 This is where you will learn something new, there’s a 30-40 minute guided-tour around the house museum – you will know who Jim Thompson is – you’ll learn a bit of history, your eyes will feast on all the rich, beautiful art collections inside, you will be refreshed with the greens and waters around. 🙂 We all loved it! ♥
After the guided tour, we went to the boutique where the Jim Thompson products are displayed and sold. My heart melt with all the beautiful silk products at the Jim Thompson boutique. I love the quality, the luxurious feel and the prints of the bags and scarves. It was love at first sight with this rice-large-silk-twill-hobo-bag but had to control myself from bringing it home, too expensive for me! 😛
But I knew from my melting ♥ 😛 that I had to buy something as a remembrance from this trip, and it has to be from Jim Thompson.
After my happy purchase, Nikky wanted to check out the restaurant inside Jim Thompson, so we did and we were happy to learn that all pastries were 50% off from 5-7pm! By that time, around 6pm, we were all exhausted, and loading up some sugar was a welcome treat with a beautiful, calming view of a big koi pond. 🙂
We loved all the cakes, sooo pretty and yummy!! 🙂
Before we called it a day, we took some photos with the Tuktuk inside Jim Thompson.
“Tuk-tuks or ‘sam lor’ (three-wheeled) used to be everyone’s favourite way of getting around Bangkok before the BTS, MRT and colourful taxis took over.”
Hope you learned something from our Day 2 adventures and enjoyed it as much as we did! 😉