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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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 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.
Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is quite interesting floating market esp for kids. They will very like it. Anyway I would highlight that the boat fee is simply charge by them. They charge me 1500 batt per person and FOC for kids. From my understand that my friend hired a boat fee is 800 batt (can occupied by 8 pax). Pls caution!!

3  Thank ymlbi
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

When someone starts a car engine up next to your ear you would normally go deaf, but we didn't have time for that.
Within seconds our long tailed boat, powered by the roaring car engine, had shot off down a klong or canal and we were off on a high speed adventure through narrow waterways, past people's homes where they were washing clothes or themselves while we marvelled at the agriculture, cottage industry and apects of rural life we saw along the way.
By the time we jockeyed for position at the floating market we were already full of visual memories but we soon got a lot more of them.
Our craft nudged its way through this crush or that bottleneck but so often we were hooked alongside canoe stalls by determined vendors keen on getting us to buy everything from wooden figures to Tiger balm.
It was all a kaleidoscope of colour, a jumbled mass of images and busy business, as we plunged deeper and deeper into the market, our driver expertly twirling his boat on a sixpence to send us knifing into the next row of stalls.
Eventually, when we were starting to amass a sizeable stack of gifts, it was time to leave and make our way back at full throttle to where our taxi driver waited asleep on a bench.
It was all great fun, but the attraction has become a lot more commercial than it was a few years ago and I almost felt as if I was for sale as we were passed from one opportunist to the next be it canoe paddlers, stall holders, touts or guides.
Our saving grace was we organised our visit for ourselves using a taxi driver, so we had none of that mind numbing circuit collecting other tourists from other hotels, none of that frustration when one or more them is late back at the coach and none of the final agony touring all the hotel again to drop everyone off.
With us it was a drive, the enjoyment of the market and then a quick drive back to the hotel which collectively cost us £3 more than an organised coach tour but which gave us loads more time there and a lot less hassle.

Thank singhasam
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Seeing a floating market was something I wanted to do in Thailand as I've never seen anything like this before. I visited on a morning bus tour from Bangkok, which was very easy/convenient and reasonably priced (compared to what some reviewers have paid for taxis there). The market itself is fun, there's lots of different things on sale including some lovely food and fruit. It's more expensive than other markets for souvenirs though I think. We left about 11:00am and it was starting to get extremely busy, so I'd recommend going early. I didn't bother to pay for the boat through the market, I was happy walking around and getting photos from the edge of the water. There's a bridge you can stand on to get the best photos.

1  Thank locooke
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

It was really amazing to go there, worth to go.
You can shop while float, but you have to negotiate to buy staff.
It's far from bangkok around 100 km, so if you are planning to go there try to book with a good travel agency.
Dont be missed with small floating markets in Bangkok..

1  Thank MoustaphaRamadan
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

An airconditioned minibus drove us (tourists from Indonesia, Germany and me from Belgium) from Bangkok to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, located at about 100 km in the Southwest of Bangkok in the Ratchaburi Province. On the way we passed some interesting places (the salt-fields along the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram). This is also the region where the famous Siamese twice were born... Nearby the pier with the longtailboats bringing the tourists to the floating market we stopped and visited a small coconut-factory. And than we went on the longtailboats to the floating market. This trip along different canals, where you can see how the local population lives along the water) takes about 15-20 minutes and is very nice, certainly for the photographers because alot of nice shots to make. Finally we arrived at the Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak, a very crowded touristic place, amazing, not to obtrusive population, women on quite small boats trying to make money by selling fruit, vegetables, souvenirs, clothes, hats, etc.....On the border of the rather narrow canals are wooden small marketstalls build on wooden poles in the water and they are also trying to sell their stuff. The golden law on this market: bargain as much as possible with manytimes an incredible result! We went in group on the same style of small wooden boat for a tour through the market, and I think to remember that we paid 200 Bht/person for this 1 hour tour: it's really worth it! An unforgettable visit! Our minibus was waiting for us on the parking next to the floating market. In the neighbourhood we had to visit some other very interesting places, like a woodcarving factory, the Rose Garden and a crocodile- and elephantshow, but these places are reviewed in another report. Enjoy the Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak!

2  Thank jacques s
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