Thailand 2015 : floating market and elephant rides

You read the title correctly – “2015”. If you’re updated on my social media posts you probably know that I was in Thailand last December, but this entry is about our *last last* visit, which means it’s over a year late, yikes. I finally got around to editing the pictures and vlogs so here goes.

We left for Bangkok on Christmas day and as usual we stayed at the Indra Regent Hotel:

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I was looking forward to seeing this Christmas tree again last December but Indra Regent renovated and moved their lobby to the 4th floor

Since it was our first time staying at this hotel with only the three of us, we were wondering what room they would give us. During the past two years we stayed here Mr. Bob gave us huge suites, but we figured since there was one less person this year we would probably just get a regular room. So imagine our surprise when the room he gave us looked pretty much like the suite we used to get the previous years:

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We got a two bedroom suite with two bathrooms and a small living room. This is the master’s bedroom

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And the other room with the small living room space

I figured I would be staying in the second room since my parents would want the master’s bedroom (it had a bigger bathroom), but they decided I should get that because it would be silly for me to have two beds.

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Yaaaay!

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Another reason why my mom preferred the other room was because the four-poster bed in the master’s bedroom is pretty high, which made it a little difficult for them to climb in and out of bed.

That evening we ate dinner which we bought from the airport food court. Afterwards we went out to explore the night market – my favorite part when staying in Thailand

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I didn’t really buy anything because the following day was a Saturday and I knew that prices dropped during the weekend. Mostly I just looked around and tried to find the same items during the weekend market :p

During our stay we also signed up for a tour of the floating market and bought tickets for elephant and crocodile shows. The company picked us up at our hotel and took us to a gas station where our tour guide would be meeting us.

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Our first stop was the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. My mom was very excited because she’s been wanting to see this for years now:

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We had to take a boat to get there of course:

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Once we were on the floating market, there was a long line to get on the boats that would take us to the shops, so our guide suggested we walk around first

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We bought some coconut candy

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And some Thai snacks

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After a while we were able to get tickets to go on the boats which would take us around the actual market:

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The sides are lined with shops selling various souvenirs, so our boat would cruise around and stop randomly, giving us time to look at the merchandise.

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Whenever we stopped in front of a store the shopkeeper would do their best to persuade us to buy their goods. Here’s a picture of one of the shopkeepers trying to convince my dad to buy a scarf for my mom.

There were also small boats cruising around. I noticed that most of them were selling food:

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Most of the smaller boats were handled by women (including ours). But the bigger boats that had motors were operated by men.

We passed by this spot where you can take a picture with a snake or a slow loris

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I’ve never heard of a slow loris before but apparently they’re these adorable creatures with huge eyes. They sort of remind me of our Philippine tarsier:

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This was the closest shot I got, but you can sort of see the little guy

After the floating market we went to the Elephant Village

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My dad bought me tickets for an elephant ride:

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The elephants were pretty big so to make it easier for guests to ride them they set up this platform there

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Off we go~

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It was a super bumpy ride!

Somewhere along the way the guide would stop the ride and offer to take your photo in exchange for a tip.

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After the Elephant Village we went to the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo to watch the elephant show and crocodile show:

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Look at the cute baby elephant!!!

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Awww~

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After the show you can approach the elephants to feed them and have your pictures taken with them:

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Next was the crocodile show:

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Lastly our guide took us to the Rose Garden Thai Village to watch a cultural show:

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After the show our guide took us back to Bangkok. We spent the rest of our trip there just walking around, exploring the shops near our hotel and trying all sorts of different food. I edited two vlogs from our Thailand trip that year which you can watch below 🙂

(At this rate my Thailand 2017 vlogs will mostly likely be up sometime early 2018, eek)

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