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Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

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  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Family friendly
Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak
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Overview
Experience the iconic floating markets of Damoen Saduak on a half-day private tour from Bangkok. Weave between vendors in wooden boats as you explore this traditional market that’s 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside of the city’s heat and noise.  On your way through the countryside, stop by the extraordinary Maeklong Railway Market, where fresh fruit is piled to the edge of the train tracks, and stare up at the imposing dome of Phra Patom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
What to Expect
We will pick you up in the early morning from your hotel lobby and accompanied by your guide and driver, we head out in the direction of the Ratchaburi province to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets, one of Thailand’s icons. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach the marketing and buzzing place is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up.

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal 32 kilometres long be dug at Damnoen Saduak to connect the Mae Klong and Tacheen Rivers (his reason for doing so lies in the fact that the quality of the soil on the banks of the canal is excellent for growing many kinds of fruits and vegetables including Malacca grape, Chinese grapefruit, mangos, bananas, and coconuts). The Floating Market is an ideal place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables and other from small boats. Tourists will also be able to see traditional Thai houses and the way locals use boats in their everyday lives.

During your visit, there will be lots of activity and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale. The market’s popularity among visitors has grown over the years and outside the traditional means of selling and trading food and drinks, souvenir shops around the market are home to some of the best local handicraft one can buy.                

We head back to Bangkok where our guide and driver will drop you off at your booked hotel in the Thai capital.
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Reviews (33)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Totallu tourist trap. Highly not recommending

We booked a private taxi to the market and were sent to a tour place cost us 2k baht a person for a 2 hours tour. The boat ride into the market literally took us 30 + minutes with vender selling souvenirs. When we get...More

Thank pkim0203
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Not worth the drive or cost

Took the hour and a half ride there (2 1/2 hour back) for 1000Baht, then we get there and are told 4000Baht to go to the market. Finally talk the guy down to 1000Baht each and go in. The market has the exact same things...More

Thank stainless223
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Market on River

Dont expect a traditional market, the entire market is now selling souvenirs then general items as lot of travelers visit this market. Its good experience and you can buy some good stuff but remember to do hard bargaining and first price quoted will be min...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rahul5605
Reviewed 6 November 2018
Market with a difference

A great experience to arrive by a noisy, smelly long tail boat ride along a canal lined with plastic waste (clean it up!) into a bustling canal bank lined market with various boats selling wares as well. Chaos but great fun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank catsailor2014
Reviewed 3 October 2018
Good experience, but don't get scammed by private boat tours

The floating market is everything that it looks like and was a good experience. There were vendors selling gifts and food on boats, but there was no place to throw your rubbish after. Hired a private car to bring us to the floating market, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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