Getting ourselves bicycles from the hotel, we were happily pedaling our way to market. Well, almost.
Now, I do not want to reveal my age, but suffice to say that it had been more than twenty years since I'd been on a real, live bicycle. Stationary exercise bicycles don't count. Now who said that you never forget to ride a bicycle? Apparently they didn't know what they were talking about.
So, here you have a long-time, no-ride rider, combined with raised, narrow walkways, lizards, locals, dog droppings strategically placed in the middle of the path. You now what's going to happen next, right? Let's just say I had to quickly remember how it is to ride a bike!
|See what I mean? The pathways only had railings on one side while some didn't have any at all.|
|The market located along a canal is open only on weekends from 8AM to 2PM.|
|Floating markets need floating kitchens. Tasty dishes cooked right in front of you.|
|The Bang Namphueng floating market is not as touristy as the other floating markets. It's as close to an authentic Thai floating market as one can get.|
|No idea what these are but barbecuing makes everything smell good.|
|These we tried and they were perfect! Sweet and spicy.|
|Fresh-made sausages. Wonder what they do with the drippings....|
|Huge vats of Thai dishes. The Mu phalo (middle dish) is a favorite of mine. It is made from pork stewed in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and Thai 5-spice powder and is always served with hard boiled eggs. It reminds me of our local adobo dish.|
|Care for some crunchy bugs?|
|Sweet coconut pudding (Khanom tako), a dessert unique to Thailand.|
|More sweet stuff!|
|Ma Haw, traditional Thai pork and pineapple hors d'oeuvres.|
|Colorful coconut candies.|
|Strange looking Gac fruit (spring bitter cucumber), the juice is pretty sweet.|
|Surrounded by the Chao Phraya river, we of course have water plants, water lilies and water spinach (kangkong).|
|Clean and spacious aisles. The vendors in this market even wear uniforms, pink tops.|
|Drinks served in bamboo glasses.|
|Sweet guavas and the bell-shaped Champoo (makopa)|
|For a few Thai bahts one can rent one of these to paddle around the canals.|
How to get to the Bang Namphueng Floating market.