For our second day in Thailand we decided to visit one of the floating markets. We heard that the two main ones are really touristy and the prices are higher so we found one just on the outskirts of Bangkok that was supposed to be more relaxed and authentic. We had to take a taxi for about 35 minutes but the drive was worth it. We came upon a maze of stands, stalls, and huts selling everything from food, to clothes, to jewelery. The section of the market that is near the canal has a big seating area where the boats pull up to the edge. The boats have their woks and grills right on them and you order your food and they cook it right on the boat! It was a really neat experience:

The canal where the boats pull up

The canal where the boats pull up

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On the left Scott ordered a yogurt/milky drink with jellied crushed flowers – sounds really weird but it was really delicious and really cooling in the 98 degree heat. On the right are mini pancakes – so you know we had to try those! They were made with chunks of coconut and banana – yum!!

Ordering our lunch by the boats

Ordering our lunch by the boats

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Fried noodle soup with spring rolls

Fried noodle soup with spring rolls

YUM!!

YUM!!

This woman had the best barbeque skewers in the market!

This woman had the best barbeque skewers in the market!

DSCN5111After spending the morning and afternoon at the market we went back to the hotel to rest. We decided that night to go to the Lumpini Boxing Stadium to see some Mai Thai Boxing. I was a little nervous but I felt very safe while there and we ended up getting ring side seats! It was really interesting because the fighters view the boxing ring as sacred so women are not allowed to touch it and before each fight the men enter the ring, bow at each of the four corners of the ring and do a traditional dance before competing.

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Our ring side stickers

Our ring side stickers

DSCN5201During one of the 7 fights two guys – one from Italy and one from Australia – fought. They had been training in Thailand.

The main event was pretty intense!

The main event was pretty intense!

Because we had bought the ringside seats we were able to get our pictures taken with the champion – clearly Scott and I are not fighters . . .

DSCN5357We took a tuk-tuk to the night markets from the boxing stadium. Our driver was hilarious. I have a picture but it’s a bit dark:

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The last picture is of me in the flower market – about 7 blocks with their sidewalks overflowing with orchids, mums, lilies, roses, and any other flower you can imagine. The smell was so wonderful and the colors amazing!! I wish we had a reason to buy flowers because that was seriously the place to do it! so that ends our second full day in Bangkok : ) Can’t wait to post more tomorrow . . .

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