If you ever plan a trip to Thailand, you MUST VISIT a floating market. Having seen the pictures on several postcards, i had already decided that i would visit one when i plan my trip to Thai. There are several floating markets spread all across the country and from what i have read Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most popular floating market. Popular also means crowded and more touristy ! The market is huge, full of life, bustling with boats selling food and fruits, and is very colourful – exactly how people imagine a floating market will look like 🙂 Somehow we didnt get to visit Damnoen while in Bangkok and hence decided to do the Pattaya Floating Market. This market is established under the concept of presenting Cultures and traditions of 4 regions of Thailand – Northern, Southern, Central, and North easthern. The concept covers how people from these 4 regions live, what their main activities are, and what the main products from there are, so the floating market could indicate what people in different areas live and what they earn from their ancient times. Additionally, Pattaya Floating Market is the largest floating attraction in East of Thailand, which would encourage more visitors to come to Pattaya. We spent about half a day enjoying our time in the market. As we went in the morning, the crowd was lesser and we were able to get good pictures with less people photo bombing . In the market, one has the option to explore the place by foot or by a boat…We chose the former and walked and walked and walked till our feet began to ache. I remember some friend of mine suggesting the sticky mango rice and coconut pudding, so we gave it a try and it was definitely out of the world! We saw several vendors selling Durian – a very popular fruit in Thai and they somehow convinced us to try it. i just had one bite and i threw the entire thing. The fruit STINKS! i wonder how people can eat it…well, if you are one of them and enjoy the fruit, i am sorry! I dont think we will make good friends 😛
The entry fee to the market is 200 Baht per person.
Next we headed to The Sriracha Tiger Zoo, which is loacted on the outskirts of Pattaya and is located in Chonburi . The zoo is huge and well maintained and clean. Inside the zoo you will get food and drinks at pretty reasonable prices. The main attractions are tigers, elephants and crocodiles. Of course there are many more animals on display but the tiger is the main attraction. Now, What is special about the tigers? You can touch them, place them on your lap, feed them and get a photo! 😀 I got really excited when i saw the tourists clicking away with the baby tigers but when it was our turn i was shit scared. I seriously had second thoughts and almost backed out in the last minute. The caretaker at the zoo assured us the tiger is harmless and nothing would go wrong. I needed close to 10 minutes to kind of accept the fact that i would be fine. So we had to paid a fee for this and i finally had the cub on my lap. I touched it and it felt all cushiony and soft. My head portion was on my husband’s lap and he fed it some milk from a bottle they provided us. And once the cub got comfortable, we got a few pictures clicked! Bravo us 😀
Also There is a very popular Tiger Temple in Thailand run by Buddhist monks. Apparently the tigers here are drugged. We didn’t want to visit the place and hence spent our time only in Sriracha Zoo. You would need at least a good 5-6 hours to enjoy your time in the zoo. There are several shows that happen simultaneously. DONT MISS the crocodile show and the elephant show:) Once we were done with the exploration, we took a taxi and headed back to our hotel. Since the zoo is placed on the outskirts, we really had a tough time finding a bus / taxi to take us back to the city.
Once the sun went down, we headed straight to the most popular street of Pattaya – Walking street. A street buzzing with tourists and predominantly known for its night life and draws people from different countries for the same. The street is also the red light district in Pattaya. What Amsterdam is to Netherlands is Pattaya’s walking street to Thailand .I hope that made any sense. We spent the evening enjoying some great steaks and sea food from a restaurant which had a lovely terrace garden. And guess what! Surprise by the mister 😀 I had the waiters singing Happy Birthday the traditional thai style and they gave me a candle lit ice cream 😀
And just like that, our 7 days in Thailand comes to an end ! Really loved the country and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a budget holiday. Bacehlors party/ Honeymoon Destination/ Anniversary get away > whatever be the occasion, Thailand is a win 😀