First I met our guide and other members of the inspection group at Sathorn pier located at BTS Saphan Taksin. Then we took a public boat to Yodpiman pier to visit the biggest flower market in Bangkok, “Pak Klong Talad”, where our group took a class of garland making workshop. It was nice to make my own garland, even though it turned up to be not so beautiful. It was a pleasure to stroll on a clean walkway, watching various kinds of local and imported flowers and see the merchant’s life in the morning.
We continued our walk to the Little India market called Talat Phahurat, where we stopped at a Thai puppet masks shop. The shop makes and sells Thai traditional masks for Joe Louis Thai Puppet group. The shop owners can organize a private mask painting workshop for customers to bring home as souvenirs.
Our group walked through the narrow lane of streets, passing “Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha” Sikh Temple to arrive at India Emporium where we could buy clothes including sarees at reasonable prices. Then we continued walking to Sampeng market. Many kinds of products such as clothes, fruits, vegetables and food stalls can be found along busy streets of China Town in Bangkok. It’s better to visit this place during weekdays when this area is less crowded. At noon we stopped to taste delicious dishes at a famous seafood restaurant before walking to MRT Wat Mangkorn and returning back home with bags full of souvenirs and local delicacies. It was a nice trip to experience, to discover hidden places in Bangkok and do some shopping.