Half Day Damnern Saduak Floating Market
at Damnoen Saduak
The real floating market is the one at Damnern Saduak, around 110 kilometres west of Bangkok.
A trip to this Thai phenomenon is like traveling back to the ancient times of the Siam
Kingdom, where colourful-clad merchants paddle along the narrow canals.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Seen as the mother of all Thai markets, and based on ancient principles of buying and selling merchandise to even the more remote communities in Thailand, the Danmern Saduak Floating Market is an institution in its own right. For years, paddle boats sail up and down the narrow canals of the Ratchaburi province, approximately 110 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, where a plethora of food, snacks and fruit are bringing an explosion of colours and smells across the market.
With its immense popularity, this morning-only trading ground has further expanded with souvenirs of all kinds, yet the foundation of this market remains untouched; to maintain the country’s trading history by using its canals and thoroughfares as transportation ‘roads’.
07:00 - 12:00
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 Damnern Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s icons. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach the marketing and buzzing place which is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up.
First, we head down to the authentic rural Maeklong Station Market, a vibrant place to see the various fresh fruits and vegetable produces from the region displayed here. After Maeklong, we will visit the famous Damnern Saduak Floating Market which is seen as one of Bangkok’s icons. It dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal 32 kilometres long be dug at Damnern Saduak to connect the Mae Klong and Tacheen Rivers. 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.