Floating Markets & Standing Buddhas | Bangkok
The awkward moment when you go to a floating market but it's closed. . .
This of course didn't happen to me, I'm just telling the story on behalf of a friend . . . Moral of the story: sometimes tuk tuk drivers aren't trying to scam you by persuading you to buy a boat trip, they're just telling the truth. Lesson learnt. Anyway we did end up get a boat ride down the river back in to Bangkok, and had our own mini floating market. Two ladies in canoes packed high with goods. Did I buy anything? No. Were we ripped off? Absolutely. Not exactly what we'd anticipated but an experience all the same.
Wat Intharawihan, not to be confused with Wat Pho, is another temple in Bangkok with a huge Buddha statue. Luang Pho To or Phra Si Ariyamettrai is a 32m high statue that took more than 60 years to build. In 1982 to celebrate Bangkok's 200th birthday, the statue was fitted with golden Italian mosaic tiles. It's also common for devotees to offer mackerel, a boiled egg, and a garland of flowers at the foot of the Buddha statue (pictured below). Strangely enough the place didn't actually smell.