One of the iconic images of Bangkok is of colourful fruits and vegetables in old fashioned rowing boats, being paddled along a canal by quaint looking ladies in traditional Thai clothing. I went there last week for the first time after living in Bangkok for 13 years!
In fact the market isn’t in Bangkok. It is Ratchaburi province and it takes more than an hour to get there from central Bangkok. However, most people go there as a day trip from Bangkok, but is it worth the trip?
Well, when I got there I was somewhat disappointed. It is quite a small area, only a couple of hundred yards of canal and at first it seemed that there were more boatloads of tourists than boats selling Thai wares. In addition, the surrounding buildings were quite ugly and the overall scene was not very attractive really.
What happened next?
In an effort to make the best of a bad job I hunted around for photo opportunities and found that most of the Thai vendors were on the canal edges, in the shade and that it was possible to take lots of nice photos really easily. In the end my wife and I had a nice breakfast and took hundreds of photos.
The verdict was that the market is a good place for photography but the resulting photos somewhat oversell the overall impression of the market that I had. Still I have been here for years and maybe newcomers would find it more exciting than I did.
I used a few of the photos of the floating market, along with some older pictures of other things, to create a new lens – Bangkok Photo Album. Please have a look and if you like it favourite the lens as I will be adding lots more.