"Peaceful Canal sides"
Its far from the crowded Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak country side about 109 km South of Bangkok or 2 hours drive actually name of the canal dug in the reign of King Rama IV. this canal is very effective for agriculture and we can see coconut field .
Most people live along both sides of the canal and they are majority in agriculture.
Damnoen Saduak floating market becomes very famous day by day. A lot of tourist come to visit and it is crowded from 8 am to 11 am . Most of the people becomes the vendors selling fruit, handy carft, vegetable and Thai food. mm..... it looks yummy and the boat can stop if we would like to buy something.
Around the town of Ratchaburi
I've been to Ratchaburi few times and many times pass by to other places in the south.
This time I went to Pho tha Ram, one district of Ratchaburi.
I was visiting Khao Cha Ngoom Royal Development Study Center.
See my travelogue page.
"Street scene in rainy day"
The authentic floating market
The Bangkok floating market today is just so touristy and, though I didn't go (after being given a run-down), I heard it's nothing more than a drain, with putrid smell hanging in the air and just boats selling souvenirs. The khlongs (canals) of Bangkok are all but almost gone with the expansion of the city into a metroplitan giant.
What I know, which I managed to persuade my friends to go along with me, is that the floating market selling vegetables and food on boats in khlongs has been shifted to Danoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province, about 2 hours away south-west of Bangkok.
We took a guided tour there to releave ourselves of the hassle to find out the way ourselves since my friends were a couple, and the lady needed some luxury or so it seems.
However, though I was glad that I went there and ate some Thai staple breakfast consisting of noodle soup, one must be wary what the soup is made of since the coulour seem to reflect that of the khlong! hehehe... it smells all the same like any ol' drain
Floating Market - is one of my favorite places I visited in Thailand. It is amazing to see small boats with tourist passengers on it buying woodcrafts and eating delicacies. I am sure; tourists who have seen this morning market will agree with me that this is definitely a one of a kind tourist attraction! I really enjoyed this week-end market though it is a little bit far from Bangkok.
You should not miss this. You can rent a boat for a 30-minute tour but be sure that you ask for a discount. If you are lucky enough, you can even rent it for 100 Thai baht and yet, you are the only passenger on it. It is necessary to be wise in renting the boat otherwise they will charge you higher! Anyhow, whether you pay higher or cheaper, a splendid pleasure from this floating adventure will tell you to visit this place one more time.
The province on the west of Thailand. It's just 2-3 hours from Bangkok.
The attraction sites :
The National museum.
Khu Bua ,historical city dated to Dvaravati period.