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“RIP OFF, BOAT CRASHED, SINKING BOAT!”

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
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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 February 23, 2014

Having been to Bangkok once before, me and my Fiance thought we may have missed out on something special about Bangkok, as we didn't visit the floating market before. However, we wish we never bothered! We decided to arrange our own trip, which cost 1000 baht just for the taxi. We were then shocked to find the price of the boat was 1500 baht each, which is about £60. We had no other option then to pay this, as otherwise we would have had to come straight back in the taxi, as you cannot walk around the market. So by the start of the trip, we were hacked off already having to pay so much just to enter the market. The items on the stalls were VERY OVERPRICED, so we did not buy anything, I would say the stuff is three times the price if not more of the stuff you can buy in the night markets or in the shops. The boat stopped at nearly every stall and the people were very annoying and pushy to buy something. It wasn't a very pleasant experience. To make matters worse, the driver of our boat lost control and crashed into a concrete post on the side of the market. It was a very scary experience, as me and my Fiance cannot swim and we were lucky the boat did not turn over or upside down. We managed to climb out of the boat, but as the driver tried to move it, it sank under the water. We were then left waiting another 10-15 minutes for another boat and by this point we were so annoyed, we just wanted to go back and get out of this market. After this experience, we did not want any more hassle from anyone on the stalls, we went around the rest of the market wearing life jackets. I really would not bother going to this market, it is just a RIP OFF!!

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

An amazing experience. We booked this as part of a day trip in England before we went. It was great to be on the river on our own boat and be pulled over to look at different stalls.

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

while planning the sight seeing in bangkok i included this also in my list cuz i found it to b v different type of experience n was quite excited about it.and happily it was all true.though quite far fm the city v covered this sight on the way to tiger temple.the tickets were expensive but bargainable(remember it).v went to the main market area by a long tail boat.the way is narrow n the water is not clean but still the market is fun in itself--full of interesting things,exotic fruits,clothes,hot food,spices,fashion jewellery,woolens n what not....very colorful,vibrant.shops r on the embankments as well as on the floating boats also.the whole sight is beautiful,unique in itself.the rates r bargainable n the things r nice.u can have ur hot ,fresh lunch here.the market closes early so b careful about the timings.here u get a glimps into the lives of thai ppl.--the way they manage their lives in such type of conditions.its amazing n worth seeing.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

This was by far the worst activity we did during our holiday. Mainly due to the way we were treated whilst being ripped off. It started by the guides only offering to take us for 5000THB which is an insane amount of money (for what you get). Then because we didn't have cash, the boat driver took us to a shopping area with ATM's (by boat), and was instructed to bring us back to the car park, if we didn't cough up the cash. The boat trip was ok but the damage had been done. Everything we saw we could've bought, from say MBK, a lot cheaper and without the fuss. We couldn't recommend this to anyone and would avoid in the future.

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

It was my 2nd time in Bangkok and my first time to visit a floating market. My friends insisted we go here and based on the reviews, i told them not to keep their hopes up. Our private taxi took us on a mini pier where we got on a boat to the floating market. I was surprised that we had to pay 1,500baht for a boat ride for an hour! I thought it was only 300baht! It was so expensive but could not say no for the "experience" my friends crave. Anyway. they include a side trip to a temple which we didnt dare see. Instead we were enticed by the food vendor on a boat. We tried the noodle and was surprised because it was delicious, and it was only 30BAht! When we got to the big market as our boatman said, it wasnt amazing as ive seen most of the items they are selling. And are definitely cheaper in Chatuchak. The boatman also stopped by at his wife's stall along the canal and wants us to buy something from her. Hmm. what can i say? A handmade hat costs around 1250baht which is mediocre. After our trip, it felt like we were on the boat for more than an hour. It was a drag.

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