Our last day on our trip we were leaving to go back to Japan, but not until 11 at night. What to do with one day in Bangkok? We decided to hire a guide to help make the most of our visit. The guides are expensive but they have knowledge of the country and the sites that we wouldn't get on our own...plus they had a really nice air-conditioned van with ice-cold bottled water, sold!
Our first stop of the day was 40 miles outside of Bangkok at the Maeklong Railway Market. The Market is literally right on the railroad track, yes, an active railroad track. Our guide said the train comes by three times a day and the merchants simply pull back their canopy's and let the train pass by and then it's back to business as usual. I think the purpose is because of the location the merchants don't have to pay rent for their stalls. I think. Anyway, the whole thing was really interesting and our guide bought some local fruits for us to try.
Next stop was a coconut plantation.
After that we went to the floating market. We didn't go to buy anything in particular but for the novelty of it, I mean a market on the water?
After the floating market we went back to Bangkok to visit the The Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
Last stop, Wat Pho or Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Our last day in Chiang Mai we went ziplining with Flight of the Gibbon just outside Chiang Mai. We had done a little in Bali but not this many lines and not as long, the longest line here was 800 meters! It was pricey, one of the more expensive things we did, after the fact though, I'm so glad we went. We had a great day and I think the kids will remember it well.