I had never held a large snake, and since I was crossing off bucket list items, this was next on the list!
The boats each have an engine with its' prop mounted on a long metal rod, which bounces out of the water at intervals as the noise disturbs the quiet and the boat glides down the narrow canals. There are small wooden houses on stilts clinging to the banks, some with larger ponds than lawns. As our boat driver slows down to let us appreciate the winding waterways and get a brief glimpse of those who live on the river, we can only imagine how the market was before the tourist invasion, when locals did most of their shopping here. The houses lining the banks have their gardens out back where they grow lots of local produce. There are mangoes, bananas and so much more offered for sale. While the market may feel overcrowded at first glance, both visitors and sellers bring noise and color to the area.
Individuals are selling their goods from the boats lining the canals, as well as from the stalls which line the canals in this area.
There is everything you can possibly imagine for sale in this area, from clothing to all kinds of fresh vegetables and street food. So much to take in! I purchased some spices which were nicely packaged from one of the vendors. They were spices which are extremely expensive in the states and sometimes difficult to come by like Saffron and Cardamon Pods.
Originally the locals did all their own shopping and trading in these canals. Many of the locals still raise their own vegetables and fruits to sell at the market, but many of the goods are souvenirs for the tourists.
It is a simple way of life, but the Thai people seem to be a contented lot, and these people who live along the canals share their goods with each other. Your have bananas? I have fish! Let's trade!
We made a few purchases at the market that day. It was a very enjoyable visit, and I would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about the Thai people and how they live. Just make sure you have a knowledgeable guide so that they can share accurate information with you.
Next up --- A Coconutty Experience, Orchid Farm and Salt Fields!
GOD BLESS - Peace, Love and Joy!