The most popular and famous floating market in Bangkok, the Damnoen Saduak sits just over an hour away from Bangkok city centre. We had booked a tour with our hotel for an early start, meaning we could get there before it was too busy whilst beating the midday heat.
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Because it was an organised tour, we were taken on a motorised longtail boat through the market, stopping when we asked to. The market is full of life with boats selling food, fruit, spices and tourist souvenirs. We purchased some prawns on sticks and a fan that turns into a hat! The sellers we encountered were friendly and didn’t massively overcharge us. One seller tried asking for 400 baht (£8) for a fruit juice but we said no thanks and before we could move away, the seller offered it for 40 baht (80p).
Most items being sold were tourist souvenirs such as hats, statues, fans, buddhas, flags, clothes and so on. The market is worth a visit because it is so full of life but it is incredibly touristy with most buyers being tourists. Because we were part of a tour, the driver had parked further along the river, meaning we could ride through the waterways and narrow canals of the locals living in their small wooden houses on stilts. You can walk around the market as well which maybe a better option if you want to try the local food.
Although a touristy market, the Damnoen Saduak Market is definitely worth a visit because of its size and energy. Get yourself on a tour or negotiate a day trip price with a taxi or local driver from your hotel/hostel.
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