Driving on some back roads almost 2 hours out of Bangkok we toured a coconut farm. We drove thru miles of coconut trees and saw piles and pils of coconuts. The lady that gave the tour climbed a tree and showed us how they cut the flower of the coconut and put the cut flower into a narrow bucket to catch the sap from the flower. After 3 months of doing this they have a substantial amount of coconut sugar. She took us thru her house and proudly showed off her kitchen, her bedrooms, pictures of the family and the king and queen of Thailand, and the sparsely furnished living area. We bought some coconut sugar and saffron(very cheap).
We took a long tailed boat ride to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. It was definitely an E ticket ride as we sped through the canals. The floating market is a parade of merchants paddling along the canals peddling their fresh produce, tropical fruits, and snacks and meals cooked on the boats.
After lunch we watched an elephant show and cultural show at a local resort. I got my picture taken with a pigmy elephant for 40 baht (about $1.25). The two shows we saw were at a big resort outside of Bangkok. The first show was the elephants and then we went into pavilion and watched a cultural show on Thailand with musicians, dancers, boxers.
After the show we made our way back to Bangkok through terrible traffic. That is definitely the downside of Bangkok - the crowded streets and congested freeways.
Tomorrow - Loas!