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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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Having enjoyed Thailand's floating markets a few years ago we thought we,d return. This time was beyond DREADFUL. As other people have mentioned the market was recommended by the concierge who also arranged the taxi . We were told after that the concierge is given a percentage of the entrance fee. We were charged 1,500 bahts each which was extortionate... More

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Calgary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy floating along a dirty, smelly narrow canal full of vendors trying to sell you junk and overpriced produce, this is the place for you. I cannot believe we paid 1,000 baht each. It is such a scam as all the taxis drivers, tourist outlets and a lot of hotels promote the floating market and they get a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I went there by taxi 1000B for 90 minute to reach pier near the main road and buy very expensive boat ticket 1000B for 1 half hour- 2000B for 2 hour include elephant tour per person to floating market with nothing interesting to see beside vendor along the way there ask to buy their more expensive products that we can... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We started out by going to a market that was on the rail way lines. I think it was called the awning market, but not too sure on this one! When the trains come, the people put the awnings up, then move their wares out of the way, and after the train goes, they set up again! Pretty amazing! After... More

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I'm of the opinion that a Thai Floating Market is something that every visitor to Thailand should see. Put it on your bucket list and chalk it off afterwards. No, the Floating Market isn't a life changing experience, but it is an interesting one, all things considered. I mean this particular market is obviously a total fabrication just for tourists,... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Visited the Floating market (supposedly the biggest in Thailand) on the advise of the hotel concierge in Bangkok. While the market itself is worth visiting, the charges for the small boat - 2000 baht per hour is outrageously expensive considering a taxi hire from Bangkok to Kanchanburi and back via Damnoen Saduak is 3000 baht.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I had great fun at the floating markets and definitely recommend going for a unique, old thai experience. It's fun to be on a little boat (I prefer the row boats, the motored ones are not as fun or authentic). The negative part is that practically everything in every stall is the exact same! I bought one thing because I... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I have to tell you there is NOTHING left of the original floating market where the local people went. EVERYTHING is for tourists, and there is nothing worth buying, except maybe for a little fruit.

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Hyderabad, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were suggested for this tour by our tour operator and since we heard a lot about the floating markets , we wanted to explore this and get to see the same. But as part of the tour what we could realise is that its just a routine market on a canal , which is not very clean and is... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was here 4 days ago and this is a touristy place - know this now... and although there are many other markets to go too.. this ones super impressive. It is expensive because its mostly tourists. I just loved sitting on the paddle boat and going around the whole place. I bought some mango and that was it. The... More

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