Reclining Buddha: The next two days were leisure to explore on our own. We booked the same guide to show us around and asked him to take us to see Reclining Budha and market. The temple of reclining Buddha is directly adjacent to Grand Palace. The image of reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head with tight curls on two box-pillows of blue, richly encrusted with glass mosaics. Buddha’s eyes and the 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The feet are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. Over the statue is a seven tiered umbrella representing the authority of Thailand. The whole body is decorated with gold leaf.
We also went around the canals by boat to visit markets, Wat Arun and other places.
On April 2nd, we booked a tour to see the floating market, Elephant camp. The floating market is spread over a large area over the back waters of Bangkok and it took us more than half an hour to reach there by boat. It was very interesting and colorful. On the way to floating market we visited elephant camp where the Mahouts with the help of Government raise and take care of the Elephants. We had a ride on the Elephant!
Another interesting thing we saw was making of Coconut Sugar. I heard about making “tadi” from coconuts in Sri Lanka, but never heard of this. When the Coconut trees flower, and the flowers are in full bloom, they cut them out and collect sap from the tree by bamboo stems. You get lot of liquid. They keep boil the liquid until it becomes like paste. They take that paste and dry on cloth into small molds (like round soap size) to harden. It is very interesting and the sugar just looked and tasted like jaggery.
Officially the tour ended by that day, but we stayed one extra day and visited Ayuthya, the old capital of Thailand. On the way there, we also visited Royal Summer Palace.