This is the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Thailand. It’s about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. It takes approximately 2 hours drive. Most travel agents take us to this market with the package of the Maeklong Railway Market.
It’s an enduring symbol of what life was like in days gone by. And it’s also a good place to experience rural Thai culture and explore the canal waterways.
Female traders, often wearing traditional apparel with wide-brimmed straw hats use sampans to sell their wares. These boats are often full of vegetables and colorful fruits come directly from local farms.
Cruising by long-tailed speedboat in the floating markets is fun. At times, it would get so crowded with tourist boats there would be “traffic jams” in the middle of the canal. But don’t worry, the skilled boat driver would quickly find way out.
There are stalls selling all kinds of tourist souvenirs from a wooden frog sound maker to clothes to home decors. And some of the vendors serve traditional Thai food such as deep fried snacks, dried seafood, and noodle dishes.
When you see something you like, tell your boat driver to dock alongside the vendor’s boat and order up!
The prices at this market are mostly exorbitant, average two to three times higher than elsewhere in Bangkok. So don’t remember to bargain before your buy!!!
Aside from the boat vendors, there were also lots of “land” vendors on each side of the canal. A number of restaurants and shops are located here. When you finished your cruise, you could stroll along each side to have a lunch or just watch the market activities.
The best time to visit Damnoen Saduak floating market is in the morning when the market is most active. Don’t be late~
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