Continued from Familia Ladaga Goes to Thailand Part 3: Safari World Review
After ten years, here’s Part 4 . 🙂
Day 3, Part 1
Our third day in Thailand is erratic: there were times I enjoyed, there were times I got annoyed, and there were times I got bored. We had a flurry of activities on this day.
After a hearty breakfast buffet in our hotel, we saw that Pon (our chauffeur) was already waiting in the lobby. Pon instructed us to be ready to leave early as the Floating Market was quite far from Bangkok city proper. On this day, we were accompanied by Mom and her friend, Tita Connie Bravo. They were done with their seminar but just extended so they’d have a whole day free to roam around. Since both of them haven’t gone to the Floating Market yet, we scheduled this trip on this day when they’re free.
The Floating Market
It actually took us almost two hours to get to the place where we would buy tickets to ride a boat to the Floating Market. Once there, we paid 1,000 baht/head (except Raviv) for the boat ride. I was aghast with the price, honestly. But since we were already there, alangan namang umurong pa kami ‘di ba?
The boat ride to the floating market was more or less an hour. The cool breeze was quite refreshing, as Bangkok was very hot.
A few meters from where we embarked, we already saw a store that sold souvenir items.
The scenery around amused me, and it reminded me of some Muslim houses on stilts (because underneath there was water) I used to see when I was young.
While the houses I used to see as a kid in Mindanao seemed to be standing precariously, the houses here looked sturdy. Quite a handful of them were made of cement.
More than midway through, we stopped by a Buddhist temple.
We spent but a few minutes there because our next day’s itinerary was a full-on temple tour.
And then we arrived at the Floating Market.
The sight at the Floating Market was unique, but not exactly breathtaking. There were plenty of items for sale, but they were significantly more expensive compared to their regular prices in Bangkok malls and tiangge. Honestly, I do not recommend going there: the long travel from Bangkok and the expensive boat ride fee were not worth seeing a floating market with very expensive merchandise. Moreover, the boatman rushed us, saying that we need to hurry up if we want to catch the elephants…
The Elephant Ride at Chang Puang Camp
…turns out there was no need to rush! A few minutes from the Floating Market we were brought to this place where you could ride elephants. I was really looking forward to this! I simply refuse to leave Thailand without riding the gentle giants.
By the way, when we bought our boatride ticket, the sales agent advised us to buy the package: boat ride + elephant ride as it was cheaper that way. But no! Turns out that the bundle was about 100 baht more expensive compared to if we bought the elephant ride ticket from the actual elephant village. Hay naku! Anyway, here is Familia Ladaga on board an elephant:
I have an amusing anecdote for you pala while we were on the elephant. See, I am acrophobic (that is, I’m afraid of heights). Being on top of the elephant triggered this, even more especially because our seat seemed unstable and because I see that the path the elephant was walking on was very narrow (see photos above). So when the elephant moved, I voiced out my fears.
Nanay Dew: Oh my gosh! It’s scary! I’m scared…yaaaaaay!!!
Raviv then looked at me disdainfully, held my hand and said: No Nanay! No! Don’t be scared! Mabait naman itong elephant ah!
And then I would muster some courage…nacacahiya naman sa brave baby boy! But when the elephant plunged into a canal, I couldn’t help but get scared again!
Nanay Dew: Oh no, oh no, oh no!!! This is really scary!
And Raviv frowned again, and this time he was more stern: No! No! No! Don’t be scared ha? Don’t be scared!
From then on, I was already able to control my fears and the ride just became pleasant. It’s amazing how Raviv quenched my fear of heights. 🙂
By the way, the person guiding us took my cellphone to get photos of us while we were on the elephant. Too bad that we left Randy’s SLR with Mom so Mom could take photos of us as we were to embark. The photos from my cellphone left much to be desired.
But a few minutes after taking our photos, our guide sold us a necklace for 300 baht. Too expensive for such a simple necklace, pero kahiyaan na lang. He tried to explain that it will be our way of helping them, as elephants are really expensive to keep.
After our elephant ride, we were also sold this picture collage cum clock for 500 baht.
The elephant ride was definitely an experience I’ll always cherish! But I still stand my ground that the Floating Market is not worth it. If you want an elephant ride, you can still get it in Pattaya. I have not gone there but I heard there is an elephant village there too, plus a LOOOOT of brand outlet stores 😉
Anyway, after our elephant ride we were brought by our boatman back to where Pon and his limo were waiting for us.
Part 5 next week. 🙂
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