I never got to see the picture perfect postcard views of the infamous Floating Markets near Bangkok the first time I was there in 2003. And I almost didn't get to see them on my second visit.
I had just reached Bangkok at 5:30 am one morning after an 11 hour bus ride from Chiang Rai in the north. Knowing that the tours for the Floating Markets left at 7am, I rushed to find a tour operator. Another two hour ride on a mini-bus and I finally made it. It ended up being more like "Floating Tourists" vs Floating Market, but I did get me some of those postcard images...after spending 15 of the last 18 hours on a bus of some sort.