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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

By Wilbur Suen

Before you close the window and say that I’m posting a tourist trap, there is a reason why you see this post.

There are many floating markets in Thailand. But the original floating market is the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Being the original, it definitely attracts visitors and tourists. If it is your first time to Thailand / Bangkok or have never been to any floating market, I highly recommend you to visit one!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market is located 110km south-west of Bangkok, in Ratchaburi province. From Bangkok, it takes about 1.5 to 2hrs to reach by car / mini bus.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
You get to learn about the Thai culture and to see the traditional lifestyle on a long tail boat. See how people live at the side of the canals, swimming / bathing / relaxing, enjoying their relatively simple lifestyle as compared to the hectic lifestyle in the city.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market
Canals are an important method of transport and communication to those living there. Hence, you will see many people using the boats very frequently there, especially selling food to the different homes.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
After seeing how the locals live, you enter the market and get to see different kinds of fresh tropical fruits, food, noodles, snacks, souvenirs, all sold on the boat. What a unique sight!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
You may have seen people calling this place a tourist trap BUT it is definitely worth it to go as a first time visitor. It is about the experience and exploring the different cultures of Thais. Yes, the items sold there (i.e. shirts, souvenirs, etc) are marked up. Don’t worry as nobody is going to force you to purchase anything there.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
For me, I will just get some food to eat and at the same time, enjoy the sight and sounds. I definitely won’t be doing any shopping, as I will be able to find the same item at a cheaper price in Bangkok city.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
I have been to several tours where they bring us to a place for elephant ride but was told that we will have to pay to ride. Certainly, I felt cheated and it is a total waste of time, as we couldn’t do anything at that point of time. Don’t worry, I won’t recommend anything that does not make me happy! 🙂

So now you might be asking, how do I get here?

1) Book through a travel agency (They may offer you a full day tour which includes floating market, elephant ride, crocodile show and cultural show. Personally I will recommend just going for the floating market alone. Unless you really have lots of time to spare!)

2) Mini bus will pick you from hotel as early as 6:30am

3) You should arrive back to Bangkok by 1pm, if you just go to the floating market.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

fyi

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  • Tour package should cost about 300-400 baht per head
  • Items sold are more expensive than in the city

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Wilbur Suen

Wilbur Suen

AroiMakMak.com is the brainchild of Wilbur Suen. He is based in Singapore but loves Bangkok so much that he keeps returning. He loves travelling, eating, technology and has high standards for them. In his free time, he will be sourcing for new places to visit so that he can document and share. Try to catch him in Bangkok eating local dishes, enjoying aromatherapy spa or chilling at a rooftop bar.

  • Ai Ling

    Hi! I came to know about you from Sunday Times! Going to visit the floating market. Would you have a tour agency to recommend for such a half day tour?

    I’m going to BKK next week 🙂
    Thanks!

    • You can find out more information from Canary Travel – http://www.canarytravelthailand.com, their price is reasonable. Other than Damnoen Saduak, you can try Amphawa Floating Market (opens only from late afternoon) if you want something more local. 🙂

  • Hiew

    Hi, do you know what is the current rate to rent a boat to go through the market? We plan to travel on our own without going through the agency 🙂

    • I’m not exactly sure of the current rates but it should be around 200 baht per pax.

  • Ng Say Aik Giz

    hi! im going to bangkok soon for 7D6N with my bf.. any nice place to recommend other than shopping?

  • aroimakmak

    Well, it really depends on what you want to do. I would recommend you to visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, Platinum Fashion Mall, Rooftop Bars, Seafood, etc. You can check out my guides on ideas to go…
    http://aroimakmak.com/28-must-eat-bangkok/
    http://aroimakmak.com/7-must-eat-sukhumvit-soi-38/
    http://aroimakmak.com/10-must-shop-bangkok/

  • Christina

    Hi! I chanced upon your dayre after searching for amphawa floating market. Which one will you recommend for us to go when we want to experience a more local and authentic thailand feel? Are the food/ items sold at both damnoen or amphawa different? Thank you! Will be going bkk in a month’s time, so excited! 🙂

    • aroimakmak

      Hi Christina, Amphawa Floating Market is better. 🙂

  • IRene Sia

    Hi! May I know is the floating market opens everyday? what is the operating hours? thanks! 🙂

    • aroimakmak

      yes, from 6am to 12pm… tour groups usually pick u up at around 6am from hotel and it will take about 2hrs drive.

  • aroimakmak

    Glad that it helped in your planning. For floating market, I actually recommend Amphawa Floating Market but they are only open on weekends evening. If time is not on your side and you want to visit a floating market, then Damnoen Saudak will be a better choice. The tour agency is still reputable but you can always do a search on Google for more choices. I did not try any so better not to recommend any.

  • aroimakmak

    Thanks for your support! Can’t confirm on that but best to book early if possible. 🙂

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