A Taste of Thai Culture
I must admit that my main reasons for coming to Thailand had very little to do with learning in a school setting and more to do with exploring and experiencing the Thai people's culture first-hand.
I was so excited about living in Asia for four months, riding elephants 🐘(lol), and visiting the many beautiful places in Thailand. Even though I had a feeling they'd probably be more to this trip than met the eye, I didn't think much of it then.
It was only when I was having a conversation with a friend in the school canteen one afternoon that it dawned on me just how much more was going on beneath the surface...
One of my most memorable experiences in Chiang Mai was our day trip to Wat Phratat Doi Suthep.
It is a Theravada Buddhist temple built near the peak of the Doi Suthep Mountain and is located 14.5 kilometres away from Chiang Mai city center in Doi Suthep National Park. Locals say that a visit to the city is incomplete until you come here.
The concept of a ‘floating market’ seemed foreign to me.
However, it’s quite common in a country like Thailand and is a representation of a significant part of Thai culture.
For this reason, I was looking forward to visiting one of the floating markets while I was in Thailand.