Bangkok Day 2
Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
24Trip End Apr 15, 2011
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We got to the market, walked through a row of market stalls and went to the canal to get a boat
We paddled down the canal out of the market and into a peaceful residential and coconut farming area. This was really nice and we wouldn't have gone down there if it hadn't been for the guide taking us there. There were irrigation ditches between the rows of coconut trees. It was shady and beautiful. Saw two kingfishers, that were the same shape as the Belted Kingfishers we have in Minnesota but they were even more vividly colored. This is probably my only disappointment on this trip. Just haven't seen many interesting birds
We returned to the market which was extraordinarily crowded by that time. The boats could hardly move. We went through a spice stall and I finally got to try mangosteen fruit from a boat settling fruit. It was really good, I wished I could bring some home.
On our way back to the city we drove through miles of salt farms. They pump in sea water, let if evaporate and then rake it up. Each of these farms had a stall on the highway selling bags if salt and salted fish. We also saw pick up trucks full of roving teenagers with water guns and buckets, throwing water at people for the second day of the Songkran festival (This party goes on for three days and the dates vary depending on where you are in Thailand.)
After our morning in the market, we got traditional Thai massages in the afternoon. For $15 each we got two hour massages and in place that was very clean and nice. Thai massage is done with the client wearing what seems like surgical scrubs. I think they were traditionally pajamas. It is pretty tough massage. You lie on mattresses on the floor. The room Ken and I were in had three mattresses on the floor, so this isn't done privately. The masseuses are also on the floor and as Ken put it, they basically wrestle you. Well not really, they use thumbs hands and forearms to work on various pressure points. They also stretch you, crawling all over you to get the right angle for the pressure and the stretch. I found it painful but worth it. The masseuses are very knowledgeable, are very strong and even funny. It was a great experience.
We then returned to the hotel by Sky Train, which was full of wet teenagers with water guns, going from one designated water fight area to another. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and packing for our trip home.