Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Maeklong and Damnoen Saduak
There are already so many videos about the Maeklong railway market that mine would seem so insignificant among them. But like I mentioned in the notes to my video, the train passing through the market may be excitement to the tourists but for the traders at the market, this is definitely a ho-hum affair for them four times in a day. For example, just look at the lady at the lower right corner of the video. She fascinated me. Even as the train approached, she was busily chopping away and quite ignoring everything around her. Even when the train trundled through, she was still chopping away with her knife. But for first-time visitors, watching the spectacle of the folding and unfolding of the canvas canopies for the train to pass slowly through was probably as memorable as it could get.
From Maeklong, we visited the Damnoen Saduak floating market next, which is probably the most popular floating market in Thailand. Most visitors to Thailand would want to visit a floating market and I would dare say that many of them would end up here. To get here, we hopped into a long-tail boat at the pier for about a 15 to 20 minutes noisy ride along the narrow canals. On both sides, we could see small wooden houses on stilts fringed the banks. As it was high tide, the water was lapping into the compounds of many of the houses. But my concern was whether the canal water would overflow into my boat. Apparently, not. Pretty soon, we arrived at the market place and was on dry land again.