If you are from developed countries, you may find this traditional market called damnoen saduak floating market is very unique because this are something you don’t usually see. it’s located in open spaces and packed with people doing different kinds of activities. Don’t ask about the hygiene aspect because it is a whole different thing. But if you got to visit Thailand, you just have to visit this incredibly extraordinary place. It is a market that entirely floats! It is called Damnoen Saduak Floating Market located in Ratchaburi province, approximately 100 km from Bangkok.
So how can you get yourself around this place? Well if you booked a travel agent and a guide with you, they will take care of the rest, but if you are traveling solo, you may want to rent a boat for approximately 800 baht per person or 1500 baht per boat or around $26 U.S for each person and almost 50$ U.S for each boat. It is kind of expensive but for you who have never visited this place, it is worth it for the experience you will gain. The other tip is for you to go here early in the morning when the sun is just about to rise because it has fewer tourists. It is also the time when you can see all of the preparation done by the sellers alongside a peaceful morning and its sunrise.
The market is located in canals which are packed with sellers on small boats selling fresh foods off from the nearby local farms. The locals are used to cook homemade meals daily using fresh vegetables, fruits and meats, that is why you can see the market-jammed packed with the locals running for errands. Not only selling fresh ingredients, but the sellers also offer various Thailand’s most authentic street foods on the wooden boat.
This is where you can experience the real Thailand culture. Some of the most foods sold in the markets are the delicious Tom Yum Noodles and the famous Boat Noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ) or Kway Teow Reua. They also offer some options for your sweet tooth such as this popular Grilled Coconut-Rice Hot Cake (ขนมครก) or Kanom Krok. All of the delicious for a very cheap price! After that, you can stroll around to buy some of the local souvenirs to bring home. Don’t forget to bargain because sometimes the prices are just ridiculously high for foreigners. Make sure you learn a few Thai phrases as well.
Now you know that this floating market in Thailand, you must wonder how to get there. Some of the easiest options are to rent a car and the driver to get there. Even if it is a bit pricey, it will make it easier for you especially if it is the first time for you to go to Thailand. Damnoen Saduak Floating is about 2 hours drive, so it is a pretty long journey. But you can also reach the market by riding a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal on Borommarat Chachonnani Road starting at 6 a.m. Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings to keep you from the pickpockets or scammers. Don’t forget to check out the insight videos of the market down below! Overall, enjoy your trip and cheers!