The home experience in Thailand that Christina and I had to be in my top favorite times while living in Thailand.
One of the nights when we were drinking with our friends at Landmark in November 2019, we all planned to go to Amphawa Floating Market in the province next to ours, Samut Songkhram.
Christina and I woke up and took a Grab. Indria ended up waking up late so she missed our taxi ride.
We ended up meeting our friends Smart and Namkang there.
We were not feeling all that great so we stopped for some Pad Thai inside of the market and pushed our way through the crowd. Pad Thai and pad see ew always made my mornings better.
We ended up finding them. They showed us around the market. There were so many vendors and handmade crafts.
We walked around for a bit. Walking along the river was so nice. The views were great.
Christina did the dunk tank but instead of water it was little balls.
We walked around for a bit and went to a cute cafe called Chanchala Cafe. We sat and relaxed and made plans for the night.
Smart lives about 15-20 minutes away from the floating market.
We ended up spending the night with them, his family, and his dog and cat. Honestly so confused as to why I don’t have a picture of his cat???? It was cute. We cooked some prawns, mussels, and other food and had a little shabu.
We listened and sang some Barbie Girl and Kung Foo Fighting and then slept on his porch with a mosquito net. It was a nice cool, relaxing night. It was one of my most treasured nights while I was in Thailand.
The next morning, on our journey back to Mahachai, we made a few stops along the way.
Our first stop was to get some contacts for Christina because she was blind back then. We got some porridge and drank a great amount of water.
The next stop was to a temple with Smart’s family. We ate a great amount of food and chatted with everyone.
The next stop was The Buffalo Cafe.
Fun fact: the word “buffalo” means stupid when people used in Thailand. My students would always use that word and one day I finally figured it out. Not sure where that name came from but now every single time I hear the word “buffalo” I think of Thailand.
The place was huge and right near the Siamese Twins Memorial. This is where I learned the Thai word for sweat: pronounced bee-uh, cause I was sweating a lot. LOL.
Then we were taken to the Chang-Eng Siamese Twins Memorial in Maeklong.
Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous conjoined twins, were born in 1811 in Thailand (formerly known as Siam) and brought to the United States almost 20 years later.
The statue of the twins was really cool to see. I had never even heard of them until Christina enlightened me. It’s an interesting story.
Near the statue, there is a boat museum. The museum was being renovated so we only got to see the memorial.
Our last stop was another temple, Wat Bang Kung. It was a tree temple. Near the temple, there was a little farm. They had horses, goats, all those kinds of animals. We fed them. It was entertaining.
On our way home, we stopped for some food and got some beer at a restaurant that was in Mahachai but kind of far from our apartments so we had never been there before.
Our home experience in Thailand was very much enjoyable and safe to say very memorable.