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Backpacking Thailand: Royal Thai Handicraft

On my way back to the city centre yesterday from Damnoen Saduak floating market, the bus made a pitstop at the Royal Thai Handicraft… I was completely taken away by the abundance of beautiful woodwork on display at the workshop! Nothing riles me up more than the mere thought of how some people who undervalue the work of artists, or worse, offering less than half of the price tag – a lot of hard work and hours are invested into their pieces and sometimes they don’t work in the best conditions either. If you’re really interested to purchase an artwork, start at a little more than half and expect to meet somewhere in the middle. On a side note, the little girl is so cute! She’s learning how to count and greet in English and she’s really, really good!

Backpacking Thailand: Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi

I woke up just before sunrise today and set off to Damnoen Saduak – a 100 year old floating market situated about 100 kilometres southwest of Bangkok – to have a glimpse of the lives of some Thai people who still live along the canals and waterways. My visit, though very short, was a fascinating insight into the Thai culture and a Buddhist perspective on fasting; as the sun rises, monks from nearby temples make their way to the residential canals to receive alms in exchange for blessings and/or amulets. Buddhist monks lead an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor, and thus only consume only foods received at the first seven house – I’d been so blessed to have witnessed this moment of grace. The villagers, on the other hand, sell and trade handicrafts, food, fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from their own orchards. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard Life at 100 year …