WEATHER: Hot and humid. High 98. Sunny during the day; rain in the evening
With jet lag, we got up early, at about 6:00. We walked around our hotel....it has strange life-size transformer statues all around.
We weren't supposed to meet up with our homeowner until 7:30 PM, so had the day to kill. I saw a tour guide in the hotel lobby, so we decided to spend a day going on a day trip. We negotiated that they would take us on the tour, and then to the condo where we will be housesitting, rather than returning us to the airport hotel, as the airport is about 30 miles from downtown. It turned out that we had our own car and driver, so he would do anything we asked. Great! And at a very reasonable price.
We went to the Floating Markets, which are quite famous here. We had to drive about 2 hours to get there, through some slow traffic. Once there we hopped on a boat and started the 2-hour tour.
George was very impressed by the huge motors on these tiny boats.
The floating market is in a series of canals. Boats whirl down the canals, pulling up at stands like this where the boat drivers' friends are selling souvenirs.
There are little ladies like these 2 selling fruit (durian, mango and papaya) and cooked meats.
People live in houses on stilts on the river banks.