We landed in Thailand at about noon yesterday and found our friend right away. We went around Bangkok and picked up her sister, then headed out of town to Amphawa, which is on the northwestern part of the Bay of Bangkok. We are staying at a place along the river, just up from one of the many floating markets. Yesterday was a sort of holiday--the birthday of the King, and so the area was packed with people. Most of them went home today, and tonight we have the place to ourselves.
After sitting up for 24 hours, it was soooo nice to finally lie flat and get some good rest. I slept 9 hours, and woke up feeling refreshed and back to normal. I always acclimate quickly here. I woke up at 7 am and came down for some coffee and pork soup.
We met another friend this morning after breakfast, and went out to one of the less touristy floating markets, and spent a few hours there drinking coffee and wandering around. I took pictures.
There were quite a few of these boats, which are a sort of floating food truck. They set out a few tables along the side of the river, and make food for the people who want it. Other boats come along and sell stuff to the cooking boats.
One of the boat noodle ladies. These are real authentic boat noodles, cooked on a boat.
I wandered around a bit to see what I could see. I practice my Thai on a few people, who generally laughed, but good naturedly. Not sure "naturedly" is actually a word, but you know what I mean. People are friendly here, and always have a smile for you. The land of smiles
She's smiling--you can see it in her eyes.
A cat peering at me over an abandoned umbrella. I don't think the cat is smiling, but I'll bet he wants to. We saw a couple of cats today. I always love the Thailand cats.
After the floating market, we visited a guy who makes coconut sugar. My understanding is that they collect some sort of sap from the coconut tree, and cook it up until it reaches a certain consistency, then cool it and form it into disks. Or something like that. It is delicious, and we bought a bunch of it to take back to Ubon with us.
This guy is 72 years old, and works for the government most of the time. He showed us the entire process of making the sugar. I got a million pictures, and will share more down the line when I have nothing else to talk about. It was pretty cool.
We had a nice lunch and then came home and rested for a while before coming down to sit by the river. This evening we took another boat ride along the river to see the fireflies, and now everyone else is upstairs, probably sleeping as I finish my beer and write this.
Tomorrow we head out on the road to Ubon, which is where Malida's mom lives. It is about an 8 hour drive. I've never taken a road trip across Thailand, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm supposed to do most of the driving.
Note to self: don't forget to drive on the wrong side of the road.