Floating Market: Dharma sharing on offerings
This is the video which has the Dharma talk about why we should have Buddha statues, shrines and make offerings… I am giving you Dharma sharing on a boat!! Fun!!
This video contains more footage of the floating market so you can see, taste, smell and experience the exotic environment. I really like it here… if you can’t get here anytime soon, well join me on this video… this particular floating market opens daily 7:30 am to 12:30pm… Leave early in the morning… you’ll love it…
We drove two hours from Bangkok to the world famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. There are many floating markets not far from Bangkok, but this one is the original. The other ones we visited are nice also although not the original one. But whether it’s the original one or not, does not matter as they all have their appeal. They are all very nice…. visit the floating markets in Thailand!
People at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market are very friendly, outgoing, full of smiles and like to bargain with their items… But if you smile, they will smile back very fast. There are houses, shops, tea stops, gift items on both sides of the river for you to feast your eyes on. And many things are sold on the boats floating along the two sides against the pier. I enjoyed the ride so much. I bought some traditional Thai puppets. They wanted 4,500 baht for it, but I bargained to 2,500 baht and it took 5 mins… Wear light clothes, T-shirts, and cotton items to be comfortable… It was a blistering hot day when we went, so don’t forget to bring your umbrellas when you ride on the boat… we forgot!! Hehe… There is plenty of good food at the market… so you won’t be hungry. In fact, there’s too much good food.
Beng Kooi, Datuk May, Pastor Loh Seng Piow, James, Ethan, Bryan, Lew, Justin Ripley, Su Ming, Cynthia, Monlam, Wan, Jp, Carmen, Wai Meng and myself rented a mini bus and took the journey from Bangkok… We all enjoyed the Floating Market very very very much.
Traffic jams in Bangkok start around 3-3:30pm and can last until 7pm. So wherever you go, you must avoid this timing. If you are coming into Bangkok then you must get in before 3:30pm daily or you will need an extra hour to get where you want to go within Bangkok. If you wish to for example drive outside of Bangkok, leave before 3:30pm also. Either in or out of Bangkok, AVOID THE JAMS… YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED… LOL.
There are places outside of Bangkok we visited and it would normally take one hour to arrive, with the jam it takes two hours… so we learned the hard way to avoid the infamous jams… hehehe… Bangkok is a huge metropolitan city with 10 million population and when offices/businesses close, everyone rushes to get home. Heed my warning regarding traveling around in cars BEFORE 3;30pm. Sundays should be better.
Not all of Bangkok is connected by tram or train, so if you have to go out then get use to the trains wherever they are available, they are convenient, punctual and do not get stuck in traffic.
I loved riding the boat on the river of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market… I decided to share a thoughts on the relevance of Buddha images and making offerings everyday. Why we make offerings, the benefits and how it started. I sincerely hope the talks help you while you feast your eyes on the exotic scenes.
Much Care as usual, Tsem Rinpoche
I had the fortune to purchase this beautiful Buddha for 1,200 baht. I carried Buddha with me on the boat all throughout the market. I wanted everyone to be blessed. I felt like the boatman escorting Lord Buddha who is the King to meet the people. Everyone who saw the Buddha loved it and smiled. Thank goodness I have a hat on as it was very very very hot that day.
So much happening on both sides of the river as you float by… after the boat ride or during the boat ride you can stop and see the shops… Lots of interesting shops for sure.
I have always loved puppets… any type of puppets… I purchased this traditional Thai puppet here…
Lots of food, snacks, fruits and tidbits to buy…
Myself with Lord Buddha on my head as I escort Him throughout the village for all to be blessed. Pastor Loh Seng Piow in the red behind me and Wan in the blue laughing away… I think she liked the hat she’s wearing…
Thailand is really one of the best tourist places to visit in the world for sure… and lots of spiritual places also…
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