Winter Vacation Day 10 Bangkok: Floating Market (Not!) & Wat Pho

Our last day in Bangkok we went all out, I guess making up for lost time spent lounging around. First off, we decided we wanted to check out a floating market while we were in Bangkok. We settled on the Wat Sai Floating Market which was closest to our location in downtown Bangkok. It took us a while to get to the market from our hotel, our cab drivers had to ask for direction multiple times (never a good sign). Eventually we got dropped off in a street market area where we were pointed in the direction of the floating market. After a little walk we found the pier and a sign that indicated we were at the market…we quickly hired a boat for 300 baht (about $10) and toured…an empty floating market!!!

Don't believe the sign....there is no floating market, at least there wasn't one when we went

Don’t believe the sign….there is no floating market, at least there wasn’t one when we went

Dock where you can hire a boat to take you around

Dock where you can hire a boat to take you around

View of a temple from the river

View of a temple from the river

I'm on a boat...and...there's no market....and...

I’m on a boat…and…there’s no market….and…

I really don’t know how it happened, we stopped by during what I thought were the market hours. From what I found online there was no reason why the market shouldn’t have been there on the day we visited. Regardless, it was a fun little boat ride and we saw some temples and got waved at by some locals.

We then walked down the before mentioned street market and bought some amazing mangoes and super syrupy drinks.

Street market in front of of Wat Sai

Street market in front of of Wat Sai

Picking up some drinks...they tasted like cough syrup

Picking up some drinks…they tasted like cough syrup

Next up on our tour around Bangkok was to finally visit a temple! We chose Wat Pho, which is home to a massive reclining Buddha. Apparently it is where Thai massage was born and there is even a massage facility on the premises. Wat Pho was stunning! Walking around you could not help but be impressed with the ornate design of the temple. The giant reclining Buddha was pretty impressive too! He was lounging out looking so massive and comfortable and the soles of his feet were decorated with small scenes.

For scale reference on how HUGE the reclining Buddha is!!!

For scale reference on how HUGE the reclining Buddha is!!!

The reclining Budha

The reclining Budha

The Buddha's ornate feet

The Buddha’s ornate feet

One of the many large stone statues around the temple

One of the many large stone statues around the temple

Here I am helping these stone guys out

Here I am helping these stone guys out

Josh made a buddy

Josh made a buddy

5 stars if you can spot me

5 stars if you can spot me

Beautiful architecture at Wat Pho, the whole place was stunning

Beautiful architecture at Wat Pho, the whole place was stunning

Our experience at Wat Pho was quite amazing. We had an amazing time walking around just soaking up the ornate designs. There were signs posted everywhere warning against pick pocket gangs which scared us a bit when we first arrived, but I am happy to report that no one in our group got pick pocketed!

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3 thoughts on “Winter Vacation Day 10 Bangkok: Floating Market (Not!) & Wat Pho

  1. Jeremy Coker says:

    Boat ride seemed peaceful…. and a bit creepy? 🙂 P.S. I get 5 stars! 🙂 You should make more ‘Where’s Whitney?’ pictures. 🙂

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    • thesockmonkeyproject says:

      The boat ride was kind of calming and really strange…we basically toured all the houses on stilts that were empty except for random dogs, such a strange experience! And I will have to remember to take more random hiding pictures in the future 🙂 …like a stealth photo bomber. From this vacation I did take another WW pi while we were in Cambodia!

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      • Jeremy Coker says:

        Very cool. And definitely take more of those pics. It was fun trying to find you… it was actually a bit of a challenge. 🙂

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