I am letting my mom take over the blog for this trip, so.......
"Friday, July 1 the sun was shinning on our first day together in Bangkok. As we traveled about an hour out of the city we passed several brine salt farms. Thailand is beginning the rainy season, so this salt drying process is nearing the end for this year. Vendors were selling large bags of salt along the highway. Our first stop was a coconut and orchid farm. We enjoyed walking through the orchids and seeing coconuts processed. We tasted delicious coconut sugar - a first for me. Yummy!
Ready to check out a floating market, we hopped in a "long-tail" motor boat for a 15 minute ride. The ride took us deeper into this man made 35K canal that supports locals as it provides a means for tourist to see, taste and touch the local culture. Once at the market we transferred to a rowing "long-tail". We dodged an abundance of other boats as we maneuvered by a variety of local vendors. The food vendors cooking quaint Thai cuisine produced an aroma of delicious smells. We were surprised to see two monitor lizards traveling along the ledge of the canal. Our guide was quick to remind us that two James Bond movies were filmed in Thailand and that JB road in a similar boat. We were cautioned to not hold on the top edge of the boat, as we would likely bump into other boats. This created a fond memory of an amusement park ride - Bumper Cars - but we were riding in boats.
It was nice making new friends on the "Floating Market" tour. It is so interesting visiting with others from a wide variety of different cultures. We shared so many interests - two ladies from Hong Kong, a business man from Denmark, and a mother daughter team from Holland.
After riding in a long-tail boat, exploring a coconut farm, and in a van for three hours (round trip) we needed a Thai Massage. Relaxation and hydration were key after a two hour full body and foot massage. Warning: This could become habit forming!"
-EAT & Mamma