There are some must things to do when people outside from Thailand are coming to visit land of smiles for the first time. Floating markets is definitely one of the things in this bucketlist. Just close by Bangkok, there is probably 10+ floating markets and if you are willing to travel a bit more, there is several more. The most popular of all of them is Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi.
Damnoen Saduaks history goes back to times when Rama IV was ruling as a king. He ordered canals to be built to support trading and this way economy of this area. Back in the 1971, this area was changed to be more tourist attraction than the original purpose of it as trading centre for locals.
What you can expect to see and do here? Like in many of the tourist attraction, its mainly food, fruits, clothes and souvenirs that are sold here. You can hire a boat (didn’t check the price though) and browse through the close by canals and do shopping directly from the boat itself. Hiring a boat ain’t mandatory as you can also walk right next to the canals and do your shopping or dining from there.
This floating market is very touristy and far away from more chill atmosphere of close by floating market in Amphawa. As this floating market is targeted for tourists also the prices ain’t the cheapest.
Damnoen Saduak is located about 100km off from Bangkok so its a 1,5-2 hours journey to go there. There are several buses going from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Damnoen Saduak every day. Other option is to go by car (if you or your friends own one), taxi or by sightseeing tour. Market is open from early morning and starts to close down by noon. So you better take early start from Bangkok if you are doing day trip from there.
You can check bus tickets for longer journeys via website below. Use THAIBOT as promo code and you get 5% discount.
I also made quick youtube video combining all these 3 attractions. check it out in here:
Stay tuned for more,