At the weekend I went on a tour with Chin, the owner and chief guide of Chili Paste Tours. Chin does private tours with small groups. I have done a food walk with her in Bangkok (see here), and was impressed with her knowledge and interaction with the local people. She is the kind of tour guide who believes in sustainable tourism. This means supporting the local community that you are touring. The trip this time was Markets and Farms of the Tha-Jeen to the West of Bangkok. I have explored this area myself but Chin took me to places I have never been to before. I had been to Don Wai but it was great to have someone tell you more about the food and other produce on display. The following are the highlights of the pictures I tweeted live during the tour.
Don Wai Riverside Market is open every day. If you come at the weekend, make sure you come early as it gets crowded pic.twitter.com/4QUicY8AXp— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) February 7, 2015
You can buy food at Don Wai & then jump on a boat tour. Cruise the river while eating lunch. From 80B. Weekends only pic.twitter.com/C4mRhBIEEy— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) February 7, 2015
We came across this random house in the middle of nowhere that had been decorated with broken porcelain & pottery pic.twitter.com/UUeazDZqEn— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) February 7, 2015
Quick stop at Lam Phaya floating market. A bit late in the day so I will come back again. Much bigger than I remember pic.twitter.com/ZGfz7hT3Mb— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) February 7, 2015
Many areas in Nakhon Pathom have orchid farms where you can buy flowers at good prices. Cheapest orchid here only 25B pic.twitter.com/O9ALCWHQsa— Richard Barrow in Thailand 🇹🇭 🇬🇧 (@RichardBarrow) February 7, 2015