As part of the
Things to do in Bangkok section of ASIA Travel Tips.com, it
would be wrong for us to mention cycling, cinemas, temples,
shopping etc. without touching on the subject of fish.
While seafood is extremely good value,
and a main attraction for many tourists to Thailand,
fish also offer the traveller and locals of all ages, a
fun, and perhaps even rewarding, experience that they
probably won't be able to find at home.
As Thailand is predominantly a
Buddhist nation, temples can be found everywhere.
Practicing Buddhists in Thailand frequently donate food,
and other offerings, to the monks who roam the housing
estates and streets of Thailand early every morning
to accept these generous gifts.
This act of giving to the monks,
is one way for a Thai person to make merit, and is
instantly rewarded by a feeling of well being for the
giver, as well as a prayer from the monk receiving the gift.
Another way of making merit, is to visit the Wat, or
temple, and make donations and offerings there.
As the river has played an
integral part of Thai life for centuries, many of these
temples are located along waterways. These rivers are
full of life, and it is a common past time for
many Thais to visit the temples and feed the fish while
they are there. Feeding the fish can be great fun,
especially for children, as the sheer quantity and size
of the fish is a memory that will stay with you for a
Each temple that is located on the
river, will normally have a fish feeding station, where
you can buy pellets that cost just 10 Baht for a small
bucket to 20 Baht for a larger bucket, or a whole loaf of
bread for 20 Baht. Once the fish food has been bought,
it is time to get the camera ready and start feeding the
Most of the fish you will see are catfish, and
they can grow to quite massive proportions, as you can
see from the video below.
To get to a temple with a
fish feeding station, we suggest that you ask your hotel for directions
to the closest, and advice on the easiest way to get
there. If you visit Pak Kret, which some
tourists to Bangkok do, then that is an ideal
opportunity, as there are plenty of suitable temples in
that area. Also, if you visit the Grand Palace and take
our recommendation of using a boat taxi to get to and
from there, then you won't be far away from a temple by
the river where you can feed the fish.
Finding somewhere to feed the
fish should not be a problem, and it is something we do
recommend if you find yourself with a little time to
spare, and want to get away from the crowds and give
shopping a break for a day! It is also a great activity
for young children, as the catfish look big to adults,
they must look absolutely enormous to small children!