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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak, Thailand
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Bodies of Water
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Famous for its tourist-friendly floating markets, Damnoen Saduak is the one you’ll find in the tourist literature on Thailand. Bring your camera along... more » Owner description: Famous for its tourist-friendly floating markets, Damnoen Saduak is the one you’ll find in the tourist literature on Thailand. Bring your camera along to witness the river packed with wooden boats overflowing with fruit and vegetables, which they sell to people standing on land. The scene is colourful and loud; just as you’d expect from a Thai market. Just 100km from Bangkok, it’s best accessed by package tour, which any local tour operator can organize. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Good place to visit and experience the totally unique way of market trading. People sell/purchase things using boats. Only part that I dislike is, the trader now mostly consist of souvenirs sellers all around the corner compared to previous times where wet items, like meat, vegetables, etc. products used to be dominating the market.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you come with the idea of taking great colorful shots of boats filled with exotic fruits and looking at how the locals buy their groceries, you better think twice. There is no market here, only a hundred of stalls on the sides of the canal selling chinese plastic stuff and souvenirs, you know, the golden cat waving hand and... More

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Couple of hours from Bangkok in minibus so had to get up early. For the last part of the trip we went by a long tail boat which was great - going quite fast through the waterways past houses on the bank and on stilts. Then on to a slow moving boat in the market. We bought a dish of... More

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Sandy, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The photos make it look like a traditional market for local Thai people, but my assessment is that it is for tourists (like a Thai experience placed in Disneyworld). If you are a tourist shopper, this is the market for such...clothes, purse items in bulk, souvenirs...but was not the experience I had hoped for. Repetitive items found throughout Thailand. Do... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you want to find the cheapest prices for things in regards to shopping and that's you're only concern, then I wouldn't suggest going to the floating markets, however having booked a Tour with Tour East Thailand, I certainly believe we got our moneys worth. The guide was really good at telling us 'general' information regarding Thailand - random things... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Don't expect a "real" market, it doesn't worth it to go. The whole market is a show for tourists, you have to pay everything to Madam XY, not for the vendors...so it's a bit disappointing.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Booking through travel agent 4th Floor Siam Paragon - 900 baht. Pick up at 7am from hotel in uncomfortable mini van Drive 2 hours to the floating market with a stop on the way at a gas station Guide repeats everything she say at least twice, very annoying, doesn't say much of any substance. Transfer to long tail boat for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Yes it is a tourist trap and yes you can get most of the stuff they sell cheaper at other places, but how often do you get the chance to visit a floating market. Worth a visut

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I know that some have said that this place is run down, but for us, we found that we could capture the atmosphere of the people of Thailand and learn more of how they live while going out this directions. When we got there, they put you in little boats and stop you at markets along the way. We came... More

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

No locals are buying here, only tourists. The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the most popular floating market of Thailand and far about an hour by car South East to Bangkok. It is an average market but what makes it an impressive is its canal location and experiencing some long-tail boat sailing and the bargaing process. The offered prices are... More

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