Oowkee, we had to go for a 2 1/2 hours drive from Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which I did not enjoy that much. I loved the overpriced flowers of Mamasan Floating Market, and enjoyed the family business where they produce palm sugar. It was a bit of touristy, but not that pushy!
Fondest memory: So when we had to cross the overcrowded canals with the rows full of souvenir stands we got very happy to see wooden canoes with multicoloured fruits, flowers and vegetables, paddled by Thai mamasans with big smiles and strow head-wearing canal-vendors. Ofcourse this famous image of the Floating Market is no current snapshot anymore, though they still are there! Included the PALM SUGAR boat ... you can make so many lovely dishes with this kind of sugar... mmmmmhhh, I love it!!!
Visit the floating market outside the city.
Fondest memory: Once again, so much rain, but that made travelling by water seem all the more natural. Take a boat and plan on spending the day perusing the many 'floating stores' and 'dockside stores' you will encounter in this famous landmark.
Favorite thing: Visit the floating markets. Bangkok is sometimes called the 'Venice of the East' for its network of canals (Klongs) on the Chao Phraya River. For a long time the residents of Bangkok have been communicating by small boats on the canals, not unlike Venice. The merchants of Bangkok take their fresh products (such as flowers, fruits etc.) by boat each day to the so-called floating markets for trading. At a floating market one will find all kinds of 'shops' and food stalls.
buy something (ANYTHING!) from Bangkok's famed Damnoen Saduak Floating Market located in the Ratchaburi province.
The Thais have indeed brought grocery/ produce shopping to new heights!!! There are early-morning tours which depart from Tha Chang landing place, near the Grand Palace. So, if you're interested, get more details from your hotel concierge.
A trip to the floating market is very colourful and takes one outside of the city.
PHOTO:- A corner on the road to floating market