This is a wonderful way to spend a morning if you can get up and go at 5am-5:30am with your taxi driver at the ready! From Bangkok It's about and hour or so south west of the city. Be aware that depending on who your taxi driver knows or where he will take you that it may cost around 1500bt for the cab ride and another 3000bt for the long-tail boat through the canals to the market. Your cab driver will wait for you for the two hours it takes you to return from your adventure.
Be prepared with bug repellent! The canal is a great way to get to the market other than a direct drive there and is much more fun as you can make small stops on the way at different vendors stalls. You may come across one small market where you disembark to find everything made from coconuts that also has large vats of boiling coconut sap with gets reduced down to syrup. Back in the boat and on to the main market where you will be awestruck at all the beautiful fruits, vegetable, coconut juice, beer, and food canoes converge in organized mayhem! vendors on both sides of the cramped market selling their wares. One guy had an albino python in a box and would wrap it around your neck for a picture for a few bt. You can get out here and walk around and up on a bridge overlooking the whole mess and get some great shots. The trick is to get there early as is really starts to jam up tight if you don't!
So glad we did this and highly recommend it for something totally different and a brief chance to get out of the city!
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