16:11 1/09/2012 When I was young and hear the word Thailand. Only three things comes to my mind, Buddhist Temples, Elephants and Floating Market. I guess that’s what you’ll get acquainted when the only book you read is history. I should be thankful reading those
boring paragraphs of Asian history book in sophomore high school. As I was able to appreciate how people live in their country. Part of that is the floating market which is way of life in a part of Thailand, where boats are the most accessible mode of transport. Never cross to our mind that we’ll gonna visit one of Thailand’s Floating Market sooner than we expected.
It was on the second day of our Hatyai-Songkhla Trip when we finally set foot on Khlong Hae Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองแห ). The narrow road leading to the floating market was packed with stalls offering same merchandise inside the market.
While waiting for the vendors settling up we roam around the stalls that resembles that we had just visited yesterday, the ASEAN Night Market.
Look who’s up trying her haggling skills in Thailand? She got a nice tees for our nieces at discounted prices. Summer took advantage being the first customer of the stall.
The pungent smell of dried fish lingers around the food stalls confuses our olfactory bulb, perceive it as same with our danggit in Cebu, Philippines. Sigh! We terribly miss that food.That very unique, purple corn cobs was also a tease of our grumbling stomachs.
Khlong Hae Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองแห)
My idea of floating market was something like a normal wet market where you can buy fruits, vegetables, ingredients for cooking etc. Can’t blame from what we learned in the books. But Hatyai’s Khlong Hae Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองแห) was kinda unique. It only cater’s local food and refreshment which is surprisingly awesome for foodies juts like us.
Refreshment vendors dominates the floating market. Their unique, recyclable and environment friendly drink containers are eye catching. Look at those anime figures clay containers. Aren’t they cute?
From Orange, Lychee, Lemonade, Buko juices and Iced Tea are among the choices. We sip our lemonade in the cute Hello Kitty and Doraemon clay containers. It’s refreshingly awesome!
Of course a variety of vendors selling local Thai delicacy like Tom Yum, Grilled Foods, Otak-Otak, and Grilled Sticky Rice in Bamboo to name a few.
|Every smiley Tom Yum Vendor|
Ever wonder how we pay them, if they sitting on the boat and meter away from the bank?
Tip: It’s best to visit the Floating Market during dawn and night.
Sky and Summer