We left our apartment about 10 am and took the Sky Train down to the Central Pier then caught a Ferry up the river to the Grand Palace area. Our plan was to explore the Amulet Market, then walk over to the Khao San Road area to see what that area was like.
Our timing must have been lucky this morning, because we didn't have a long wait for a ferry. Our ride up the river was nice and relaxing, the ferry was not crowded at all.
We got off the ferry at #9 Pier, and again walked through the market. We poked around just a bit looking for a hat for me--I'm thinking I need a hat as well as sunglasses to keep the sun out of my eyes. Didn't find a hat, but as usual, we had fun looking.
We checked our map and found the amulet market quite easily. It starts out on the sidewalk, with vendors lining both sides of the street for a blocks. It continues on into several narrow lanes filled with tiny shops selling amulets, Buddhas large and small, and even several fortune tellers!
Birds for sale, complete with pretty cages:
Here's a view into the market alley:
Some of the big Buddhas:
We spent an hour or so checking our the market, it was interesting to see all the different kinds of amulets. I was looking for a certain kind, but it's just a bit difficult to ask questions when I don't speak Thai! We did find a vendor who could answer a few questions, she was very kind and helpful in finding us just the right amulet.
Right next to the amulet market there's a small square with a clothing market. There were some pretty cute clothes, but all in those tiny Thai sizes! David did buy a funny T-shirt:
A vendor selling some delicious looking watermelon. I was tempted!