Getting to see the various places around a destination with a local friend and expert can actually be one of the best things that could happen on our travels as that gives us the opportunity to have a more meaningful connection with the place. I myself had that experience when I booked a day trip to the Khlong Lat Mayom floating market with TakeMeTour group in Bangkok. A day that involved ferry rides, traveling on the back of a pickup truck, a boat ride along the canal at the market and a lot of tasty food, I got more than I had expected.
About Khlong Lat Mayom
Bangkok is well-renowned for its array of the famous floating markets. Along with the many other attractions, the floating markets are a huge draw for visitors to Bangkok. While many might argue that some of these floating markets have become very commercialized and dont have the real flavor anymore, the Khlong Lat Mayom market still stands out in that aspect. Located about an hour journey(ferry ride + hopping on a pickup truck) from the Saphan Thaksin pier, this place is very local with not much of an inflow of tourists and there is hardly any unwanted persuasion from the vendors to buy stuff.
After meeting at the Saphan Thaksin ferry pier with Fon – our local expert and John – our photographer, we spent the next 25 minutes on board the ferry as we trudged along the mighty Bangkok river. As we moved along each pier, Fon provided me good information about each place and the significant landmarks around them like Chinatown, Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
After alighting at the Thonburi Railway Station pier, we hopped on to the back of a pickup van – which looked more like a bigger and a bit advanced version of the normal “tuk tuk” – and we were on our way to the destination. During the 30 minutes journey, as we passed through a very different side of Bangkok where there was hardly any tourist to be seen, Fon, me and John exchanged stories about our lives, work and travels. It was especially interesting to listen to the local stories from Fon, which you might not always get to hear usually,
By the time we reached the market, we were all very hungry and we took that opportunity to head right into the food market to fulfill our appetite. The food market was something that I had always wanted to see and experience. Food stalls were spread across the entire place serving all kinds of authentic Thai food – way more varieties than the usual Tom Yam or Phad Thai – and some really unique sweets.
Once we had our hunger pangs satisfied, we headed towards the canal where we were supposed to take a leisurely boat ride. As we waited for the boats to arrive, I stood by the canal watching the thousands of fishes jostling for space as folks dropped chunks of bread to feed them. The boat arrived after 20 minutes and I was quite pleased to see it was not the usual long-tailed boats, instead it was a small paddle boat which meant more nooks and corners to explore around the canal over the next 30 minutes. Check out the video below
After the boat ride, we crossed over to the second part of the market by going down and under a small bridge. Keeping up with the tradition of reshaping my skull while I am in Southeast Asia, I bumped my head twice on the very low ceiling while crossing over to the market. This market had more of the different kinds of food, fruits and also vendors selling lip-smacking curry noodles from small boats. On Fon’s suggestion, I took a take-away of those for my lunch – which I later found out, wasn’t enough as I just couldn’t stop admiring the earthy authentic Thai flavors in it.
Having a friend along who is more than just a guide
When you book a tour through any Tour and Travel group, we always hope that the guide/expert would be knowledgeable with what he/she is doing. But this experience was so much more than just the usual tours and trips as Fon, the local expert, was not just very good is showing me around but she actually took interest to understand my preferences and expectations when it came to traveling. Instead of being a guided tour, it was more like a group of friends traveling together as me, Fon and John had quite a lot of fun apart from sharing our stories and experiences.
TakeMeTour is a Thailand based travel startup who have many local experts enrolled in their program to provide some real and authentic day trips across different destinations in Thailand. Whether you want to visit the floating markets of Bangkok, the sticky waterfalls in Chiang Mai or a trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Take Me Tour group has some of the best local experts to make for an unforgettable experience. Book their tours online which is a really hassle-free process and be ensured of a really good time. To book this particular day trip to the floating market visit the website here on TakeMeTour.