This was my last stop of all my India & Southeast Asia travels. Check out India, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, the Thailand beaches & Cambodia. The capital city of Thailand is very busy & very hot! Our 1st morning we left early for the long drive (1 hour 30 minutes) to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You float by docks where people have their “stores” selling all sorts of souvenirs like t-shirts, buddah figures & paintings. Boats passing by with fruit for sale, others have warm pat tai & vegetable spring rolls if you’re hungry for lunch.
We traveled down one canal & got out to go inside a temple. When we entered we were greeted by a Thai Buddhist woman who handed us 3 stamp-sized gold leaves. These are valued for its purity as a religious offering and for its power to placate spirits & request favors. We placed the gold leaf on parts of the Buddha statues.
Jim Thompson who was a famous Thai Silk Designer, had his house turned into a museum. You can read about him HERE. He has a pretty interesting story. We took the tour through his home. You check your shoes & bag at the front door & the tour guide tells you about what’s in each room & the design of the house.
On, what Mark would call “the hottest day of our travels” we went to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is known as the most sacred Buddhist Temple. You can not take pictures of the buddha from inside (you can get pictures from the outside). It’s a small (26 inches tall) dark green statue that’s carved from a single jade stone. The complex is full of colorful buildings. You like Mark’s elephant pants? He couldn’t go in with shorts on so he picked those out