Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 1)

3 December 2016
thailand

Sawasdee Ka

Had to wake up early, pack my luggage to check-out and start off a day of fun and hectic activities.

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Complimentary breakfast at hotel. How’s my plating?

Good plating makes the food appealing to eat! I like to strike the right proportion of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables on a large plate to inspire a nutritionally balanced meal.

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The social media participants with the representatives from Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

0600 hrs

Here is an early morning start in Buddhism, involving a special and unique alms-giving to the monks. What makes this experience stand out as compared to the rest of Thailand is that the monks will paddle on their boats along the canals instead of just walking along the streets.

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That’s me giving my sincere form of respect and offering food to the monk on the boat.

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0800 hrs Depart for Tha Ka Floating Market

There is an exhibition at Tha Kha Floating Market showcasing the artwork of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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The Tha Kha Floating Market is a small and very authentic floating market in Samut Songkhram province. Tha Kha Floating Market is an hidden gem lying with 10 kilometres of the more famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak. I have visited the Damnoen Sauak floating market with my two poly best friends in our graduation trip, you can view the post here.

Over at the Tha Kha Floating Market, you can spot a number of elderly Thais in their rowboats, selling local food, fruits, vegetables and delicious sweets.

Having my Thai boat noodle like a local and it is quite an experience to enjoy the bowl of noodles on low dining table and stools. The Thai boat noodle tastes like our Singapore’s version of Kway Chap and is a small portion of kway teow with good generous servings of pork pieces sold very cheaply at 20 baht per bowl.

coconut-icecream

One of the desserts that I will always have in Thailand is coconut ice cream, serve with a sprinkler of peanuts. Simply delicious!

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0915 hrs Depart for Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project.

We had a refreshing iced local drink made with dried flower petals at Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House and the drink is said to have beauty effect like making your hair black. I ever had blonde hair before and it was a great deal of trouble to spray my hair black for work. One of my ex ward leaders shared with me that black hair suits me and Asians should just stick to having their hair colour black.

The Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House is managed by the Chaipattana Foundation, and has become a popular hang out place for the project visitors to enjoy the vintage and retro interior while looking at the lively floating market.

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The local volunteer working at the Chaipattana Foundation shared with us about the Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project.

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This is Mdm Buppa, the last generation and maybe the last artist of Hinan Chinese hat making from Bamboo trees. Her dedication in keeping the art of Hinan Chinese hat making alive is truly admirable and respectable.

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The Thai lady teaching us how to make rose out from pandan leaves and we have some hands on experience to do it.

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How do you think I fare in making this rose from pandan leaves?

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Sometimes I can caught myself smiling cheekily like in this candid shot.

We were also shown the traditional ways of making yummy Thai sweets.

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The local volunteer introducing to us the various products in the souvenir shop and I bought few haircare products. I like using shampoo that gives a nice and subtle fragrance to make my hair smell good all day.

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I like this stunningly beautiful photography of us with the old, quaint traditional Thai house as backdrop. And I want to say the local volunteer in black dress looks like the Chinese artist ‘Liu Yi Fei’.

The Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project is one of many royal projects initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to serve as the reminiscence of the past. The Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Project today has become a center of collaboration to conserve and develop Thai traditions on which the Amphawa residents have had pride themselves.

Spending the two days at Amphawa let me feels like being transported to a bygone era and it is an hidden gem worth visiting with unique experience.

– End of Day 2, Part 1 –

 

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