Men In Frocks And Floating Shops

Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 18, 2013

So relaxed and with a perfect tan and a new found snorkelling skill it was time for Judi to see the bright lights and the big city of Bangkok. We had some dinner and an early night and next morning set Judi loose on Khaosan Road to put her bartering skills to the test.  After shopping till we all dropped from the heat we reconvened for some lunch.  It was at this point we realised that our perfect travel planning skills were perhaps a little less perfect.  We had booked a flight for Judi to return home on Thursday night, or so we had thought. In fact it was 00:15 on Thursday morning, so we had just 2 nights and one full day in Bangkok.  Luckily we managed to head to a travel agent and booked some evening entertainment for Judi's last night and a trip for the day to wear her out sufficiently so she would sleep on her flight.  So it was off to the Calypso Ladyboy show at Asiatique, Bangkok’s newest night market made up of cool little boutique stores.  We didn’t have a lot of time to look around but had enough time to know that we needed to come back and see it when we had more time.

So rather than telling you about the Ladyboy show, you can just check out the pictures.  It was an absolute scream, with even the male dancers getting bikinis on at one point?!  We had a scream and once again my mind was blown by how stunning they were.  It still blows my mind that the bunny girls were once bunny boys!

The next morning it was up at the crack of dawn for a trip to Ratchaburi Province about 2 hours from Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.  This is more of a tourist attraction than a real market when we visited as the locals shop early in the morning, but it was still an amazing sight.  We started with a longtail ride down the river to see the houses lining the sides and then we transferred into a little row boat to get involved in the madness.  There was not much that you couldn’t buy, from t-shirts and hats to spices and Buddha’s and pretty much anything that you wanted to eat.  The boat simply pulls over to allow the usual haggling and negotiating, it is that bit harder to do the walk away in a boat though.  The market has extended at the edge of the river and has stalls on dry land and hawkers everywhere trying to sell you wooden frogs, tiger balm and of course the obligatory photo of you holding a giant python, no thanks!  We were fed and watered and had our senses thoroughly overloaded and it was time to face the mammoth drive back to Bangkok.  Thankfully the late night and early start came in handy and we all just fell asleep and woke up back in the city.  After a relaxing afternoon with a bit more shopping on Khaosan it was time for one last dinner before Judi had to head to the airport, so what better than good old English Fish & Chips!  They were utterly delicious, but sadly we all knew that dessert was going to be another sad goodbye as we packed Judi off the airport!  Fingers crossed we got the flight time right this time??!!

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