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“Overpriced, 1.5 hours in a boat being accosted by vendors”

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 March 5, 2014

It took me 1.5 hours by car from Bangkok by taxi. The entrance fee i paid of 1000 baht for a boat ride seemed expensive. The canal was crowed with boats full of tourists and there were just vendors on each side of the canal. There were restaurants where we could stop, but everything was so crowded that I didn't want to leave the boat. No one explained the coconut farm attraction either.
I would say there are much better ways to spend your time when in the Bangkok area.

2  Thank fitzmonster F
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

I highly recommend NOT wasting time going to this market. Thai people don't shop at this particular market, probably because the merchandise is all overpriced (even if you bargain), and the selection isn't good. It is at least an hour and a half outside of Bangkok (if traffic isn't bad), the boat ride to the market is in a low canoe in a river that smells like sewage, and then you have to pay more to ride a boat through the market itself. The food that's available at the market isn't good either, and it's over priced compared to the much better street food available all over the city. I loved my visit to Bangkok, and I wish I hadn't wasted 6 hours going to this tourist trap.

1  Thank Vickie E
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We traveled the 65 miles from Bangkok to a coconut sugar plantation--pretty interesting--where we got on a boat to the floating market. I hate to take away these peoples livelihood, but the market was mostly a tchotchke-heaven. We never got out of our boat. (We did buy a relatively inexpensive silk scarf that we loved.)
The trip down the klong was great- past old Thai homes on the busy canal that is used as the main mode of transportation. Great up-close viewing of Thai spirit houses alongside houses covered with flowering bougainvilleas. There were some pretty rough homes along side grand abodes, overall it was very interesting.
The best part were some of the locals passing in their boats, and some ladies who cooked in these old wooden "canoes." We bought tasty (well cooked) spring rolls--and ate them all!
No fee to enter the market but you must pay for the boat ride.

Thank Alberta S
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Apx. a 90-minute taxi ride from Bangkok, this is the famous (or infamous, you decide) floating market.
It is actually one of a few floating markets around the area, but this one is definitely the biggest.
After getting to the market's area, the taxi driver will wait from you, while you negotiate a rate for the boat ride.
We opted for the engine boat, and were told to pay 3000 Bahts, which we obviously rejected and went to the next boat operator.
After some negotiations, we got it for 500 Bahts, for 2 persons. That's how you do things in Thailand.
If you decide to go for the slower rowboat, you can get away with 200 Baths, tops.
The ride itself is ok – they take you through numerous canals, some wide, some quite narrow, and only after some time you reach the actual market, which is more or less a tourist trap.
They will stop at the pottery shop, t-shirt shop and other useless nick-nacks shop – whether you agree to that or not, so just play along.
The market is very colorful, but the quality of the fruits and vegetables depends on the season. We were in September, and the fruits and vegetables were in fine condition.
In case you decide to buy anything (after bargaining, of course), make sure not to try the fruits before you wash them with plenty of bottled water (unless you need to peel them first).
Bottom line – if you have 4-5 free hours and you're willing to try one of the most famous tourist traps in Thailand, go for it. Otherwise, give it a miss, as it's not as memorable nor impressive as you'd think.

4  Thank TheShis
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

My partner and I booked a group tour which was 900 THB each (Floating Markets + River Kwai) which in my eyes is very cheap considering it included pick up/drop off as well as lunch. We paid an additional 150 baht each for the longtail boat at the markets. Yes the markets are expensive but you just don't buy anything. At the start we were haggled a bit but once you say no or look away they stop bothering you. Its a great experience and a good opportunity to snap some great photos. The only downside was that you had to pay to use the toilet which didn't even have toilet paper. Overall I would highly recommend others to check this place out!

Thank Bree D
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