Most people like to shop, I on the other hand only shop out of necessity. It was suggested by Tower Club of Lebua Hotel concierge, that I should try the floating market. It is a market located on a river, where you can shop till you drop. Concierge informed us that they would arrange a driver that would transport my cousin and me for the day. He spoke little English but he was a great driver. We went to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in the city of Ratchaburin about an 1 1/2 hours outside of Bangkok. When arriving they sell several packages. I opted to do the shopping boat ride, visit the temple and see animals.
Shopping while riding in a small wooden canoe floating down the river, was an awesome experience. They have several vendors selling items such as clothes, shoes, handmade items, purses, jewelry, and food etc. I wanted to buy pants that had images of elephants printed on them. Unfortunately, they never had my size, they claimed one size fit all but they way my body is shaped, I knew they were not going to fit.
Next, we stopped at the temple. People come to pray and give offerings to the Buddha statue. You must take your shoes off. If you do not have sleeves on your outfit, they will provide you with a shawl to cover your arms.
After visiting temple, I decided to watch a monkey show, but I was disappointed at the treatment of the monkeys. They were chained up unless they were performing. The looked as if they were constantly trying to break free from the trains.
If you are in Thailand, visit the floating market, it was nice to be on the river, where it’s calm and the best part I didn’t have to walk around the mall. I shopped from the convenience of a canoe.