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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak is arguably the most popular floating market in Bangkok and the surrounding areas – perfect for all those photo opportunities, checking out the vendors in the canals, practicing your haggling skills and grabbing some amazing food to eat.
Every single day, from early morning until about noon, you will find the floating market crowded with hundreds of visitors and vendors. The canal was ordered to be built in 1866 by King Rama IV to connect two provinces and was finished about two years later. The canals not only act as a way of transportation but also provide adequate water for agricultural purposes to the local farmers.
Is it worth the hype??
While I enjoyed visiting Damnoen Saduak, it wasn’t what I expected at all. I was looking forward to seeing a lot more boats with food vendors, selling their produce that is grown nearby. It mainly seemed to be vendors trying to sell souvenirs – the same souvenirs stall after stall after stall. In hindsight, I didn’t arrive until about 11am and maybe I would have seen more food vendors had I arrived earlier in the morning. What made up for that disappointment, was taking a motorbized long-tail boat through the residential canals and seeing how the locals live here. This alone was worth the trip out there.
- Damnoen Saduak Market is about 100km southwest of Bangkok in the Ratchaburi Province.
- Buses leave from the Southern Bus Terminal starting at 6am, leaving every 40 minutes. I would recommend taking the first bus so as to get there when the market opens.
- You will have to walk about 10-15 minutes from where the bus drops you off to the market.
- A traditional/motor boat through canals will last about 30 minutes and should cost you about 150 Baht (this may take quite a bit of haggling but I promise it’s possible).
Have you ever been? Did it live up to your expectations?