A trip to Bangkok Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market

IMG_20180819_094843I have been thinking about going to a floating market in Bangkok since I visited the country nearly a decade ago.

Finally went to one at the weekend with my 5 year old. Klong Lat Mayom was an easy choice because we already are on the Thonburi side of the city and a 2 minute walk away from the BTS skytrain station.

We set off just before 9am as we get up very early every day. I am sure every mum with a young child could relate to that. We got off at BTS Bang Wa looked for exit 1/2. Fortunately, there is a lift there which I find helpful now that I take a pushchair/stroller nearly everywhere. Although the pavements here are not pushchair friendly, it is a relief to not have to carry a child when she is tired or we are both tired and in the heat.

There was a queue of taxis waiting for passengers outside the station. First try and we were on the road to the floating market! Baht 107 later and the kind taxi driver saw us off.

We arrived at the market relatively early. It was still quiet so it was easy to navigate the market. We bought a 1.30 hour canal boat trip ticket for a Baht 100. For locals it is 60 baht. It was a fun boat trip for me and my daughter. I have not seen her excited about boats in a long time.

Part of the trip was to stop at a temple for 20 minutes. R watched people offer incense, candles and lotus flower to Buddha and prayed. She was especially interested at the children praying. There’s a market on the temple grounds where they have vegetables, fruits and snacks. Another stop was at an oIMG_20180819_115400.jpgrchid farm. It was not a big place but to a small child it looked big enough. We did not buy any plants but we fed the catfish in the canal with a loaf that R bought from the market around the temple. Those fish in the canal are enormous. It’s the kind a child would remember for the rest of her life.

There were a few boats selling at the market. I have no other markets to compare it with but the place is good enough for a weekend morning day out with a little one. The best thing about this trip was to see life along the canal, spirit houses, neighbours chatting, locals on their boats getting on with their lives, a floating vegetable shop (a vegetable seller on a boat), papaya, banana, dragon fruit, coconut palm, pea aubergines, basil plants to name a few things to look at while on the trip.

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To have a plate or bowl of something to eat before heading back is easy. By the time we got off the boat and it was only 20 to 11, the place was already packed. People were already eating and we waited a good 10 minutes before we had a free table to have a snack.

 

When it is time to go back for a rest a child certainly knows how to tell an adult. No fussing but there is only one question left in the bag and it will be asked by someone who is like a broken record. Out we went to the main drop off area and there was a taxi waiting. Back to the BTS station in no time. It was 109 baht this time.

 

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It’s been ages since….

R turned 5 in April but before that she started Reception class. The first few weeks until a couple of months later she still held on to my legs like a limpet because she did not want to stay at school on her own the whole day. In the end she playfully pushes me out of the gates, says goodbye and off she goes to play with her friends.

She started out at not being confident at reading and writing even though she could. Towards the second half of the school year she was reading her favourite stories. Reading in the car, signs. In October last year, she made her first shopping list and we went to the shops. Slowly but surely ticking all the things on her list.

R still loves drawing, scribbling notes, colouring and making up stories in the car or at home. We still play I spy with beginning letter sounds, she still loves noughts and crosses with Daddy while out for a drive (mostly on our way back from our trip to Granny and Granddad).

At home, she picked up a baking book once and that was the beginning of many weekend baking afternoons. She still chops the veg with me and she cooks stir fries now. R happily puts the rice cooker on or put together ingredients for a loaf then puts the bread machine on.

Everything has gone leaps and bounds in many aspects. That includes swimming, tumble turns, dives and more dives on her own. We went to the beach for a week. It took her two days to get used to the open water. We spent whole days on the beach just playing with sand and swimming. We rarely went up for a rest in the bungalow.

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We are in Bangkok for the summer and she is very proud to be able to finish a page or more of the workbooks that Daddy picked up from the tip for pennies. I did not realise that she would be into workbooks on her own. It is part of getting more and more independent.

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This week she voluntarily practised pedalling her bicycle and today she came up and said that she could cycle on her own. I asked her how she felt and she said very happy.

In the mornings she gets up at around 6am and goes out the balcony then back in for books or games. R just walks around the room quietly and finding what she wishes to do before breakfast. I hope that when we go back to Devon it will be the same.

We only have 11 days left in our trip and back to our chaotic life back in the UK. Cinema, boat trips, Japanese food, shopping and a little temple hopping to do before that dreadful flight and we will definitely look forward to our next trip here.