Driving by the signs for the Bang Khla floating market many times over the years finally we decided to go. On a Wednesday. File this decision in the “stupid” category. All the floating markets we have gone to in and around Bangkok have always been held on the weekends only. So to was the case here. We drove 90 mins to the river in Chachangsao and lo and behold we arrived to a bunch of empty buildings and no one floating on the river.
Making chocolate out of sour milk we found plenty of other things to occupy our time! First up was Wat Sothonwararam Worawihan or Wat “Hong” for short. This massive temple lies near the banks of the Bang Pakong River and was extremely well attended even for a Wednesday morning. Lots of vendors have setup shop on the grounds selling various trinkets and religious souvenirs. Lunch was delicious Sen Mee noodle pork soup.
The Ganesh temple, also along the river bank is well worth visiting. Huge colorful statues of various creatures/deities tower above the grounds including the very impressive large reclining Lord Ganesh. Colorful serpents overlook a large “lotus flower” floating in the river – you can “buy” a cup of coins and walk in a circle placing one coin at a time in metal jars as an offering.
There is no shortage of food and clothing vendors here – including some vendors selling stacks and stacks of pineapples ranging from tiny (2 baht, to medium size (10 baht) to full size (15 baht) per fruit. Needless to say, we stacked our trunk with pineapples for the drive home!