Saturday, July 10, 2010

City Tour

Today we hired a taxi driver named Chanok who spoke English to take us around Nonthaburi. We started the morning by driving through the expensive well secured village that backs up to our house, Nichada Thani. Next he took us to the Royal Irrigation Department. This is where the King stores his boats on the Chao Phra River. There was a small temple/shrine as well as a site of an old temple from the Ayuthaya period. While we were looking at the river Nell spotted the largest snake I have ever seen floating in the river, don't worry it was dead. Check out Chet's blog for a photo.
Next Chanok took us to Koh Kret, a small island known for its pottery. To get to the island you have to take a boat as there is no bridge. We walked around the island for a bit and saw how they make the pottery. Once we had toured the island it was time to cross back over the river and purchase some fish for our pond. Then we needed some plants to help shade our pond so we visited the plant store and purchased a lotus for the pond and a beautiful bougainvillea bush for in front of our house.
Tiger Shrine at Royal Irrigation Department

Watching pottery being made on Koh Kret

Some of the finished pottery

Thai Sweets for sale at a shop on Koh Kret

Katie with our newly purchased fish

Releasing the fish into our pond

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