I'm spending quite a few days in Bangkok on this trip, and wanted to do something a little different... more than just eating at restaurants. I wanted to do something a little off the beaten path. And I knew just where I wanted to go.
A few years ago I was privileged to have been invited as a speaker at TEDxVictoriaHarbour, and I was mesmerised by the story of one of my fellow speakers. Alisa lives on Bang Krachao - a riverine island sometimes referred to as "the lungs of Bangkok". She talked about her life living on the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, in a house built in part with recycled materials. It sounded so far away from my daily life that I found it intriguing.
So I contacted Alisa and asked for tips on visiting the island, and eventually I made plans to meet up with her for lunch today. It's Sunday, and the Ban Nam Pheung Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง) - which is just a market by a canal and there aren't any vendors hawking their wares on boats - would be open for us to walk around in.
We took a taxi from Sathorn and crossed the Chao Phraya River on the Bhumibol 1 Bridge, then doubled back to get on the island. We got dropped off at the market, and after wandering around a little, we did eventually meet up with Alisa and her husband Landry, as well as their adorable daughter.
Among the many vendors at the market was this stall selling traditional peanut candy called khanom tup tap (ขนมตุ๊บตั๊บ) - named for the pounding sound one hears during the process of making it. The Great One and I were both pretty excited to see it being made.