Floating Markets, Bangkok
Expat is exactly right, especially if you do not get there early. The place can be like a zoo when the throngs of tourists arrive.
As an alternative you may consider taking advantage of the ones located in Bangkok on the river. Not as flowery and not nearly as expensive and hardly any tourists at all. Try www.asiawebdirect.com and look for "floating markets" or google it. These will also save you time, lots. The food is just as good and it can be just as much fun, more because you are'nt elbow to elbow with other tourists.
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!!!
To those traveling from the Philippines and are shopping fanatics, do pack light but bring along a big luggage and extra nahd-carry bags. Bangkok airport allows 20 kilos each for out-going travellers. Be prepared to haggle/bargian fro almost anyhting. I bought lots of stuff from here and still it seems I didn't buy enough.
Fondest memory: I love the floating market and the temples. If you are touring on group with a tour guide be sure to listen to what the tour guide has to say.. For Christian like me, we have a lot to learn about their religion, Buddhism is something new to me & I can't help be in awe to them during meditation and how the locals would bow whenever they pass by a house of spirit.
This weekend market open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 16:00 hours at the pier infront of Taling Chan District Office.Boats and stalls gather here for selling a variety of food.
There are facilities for private boat tours along the canal to observe the green surroundings of fruit orchards and the traditional life style of people.
Chao Phraya Chartered Co. Ltd. operates a daily tour along Khlong Mon - Khlong Bangkok Noi between 2.30 - 4.30 p.m., leaving the River City Shopping Complex on Charoen Krung Road. The fare is 360 baht per person including fruit and drinks.
For more information :
Tel: 02-622-7657 thru 61 ext. 111
Fondest memory: In the past, Bangkok and Thonburi people commuted from one to another by boat, and Khlongs were the principal means of transport.
There are many floating markets in and around Bangkok but we insisted on going to the famous one in Damnoen Saduak.
Fondest memory: I would have enjoyed it more if I had a hat and I was prepared for the heat with sunblock but since I wasn't, I was in the boat but anxious to get out of the hot sun. Most people we saw hired a motorized boat but we wanted a rowboat so we could go slow and take pictures. I'm glad we did. Motorized boats, although faster, are also noisy. The best part was buying fruit and food from the vendors in their own boats, too. We had coconut pancakes (yummy) and noodle soup, pomelo, sticky rice cooked inside bamboo. I would do it again...and if you get a chance to do it, don't miss 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.
When I first arrived in Bangkok it wasa bit of a cultureshock, thought it wasn't going to be anice holiday, so humid, so builtup. After 2 weekstravelling round Thailand we returned to Bangkok and it seemed alot nicer and alot more exciting. We found good shops to buy things. Ko sin road (spelt wrong) seemed so much more friendly and we were willing to try new things
Fondest memory: Thai massages are fantastic, cant remember the price but I think about 3 pounds for 1 hr, thats nothing.
The picture featured in this section was the floating market, you can buy bread here and feed the fish in the river.
We also visited the Palace
Favorite thing: Several floating markets ('talaat naam') in and around Bangkok offer the tourist a picture-postcard image of the traditional Thai way of life. Small wooden boats laden with fruits, flowers, vegetables and other produce from nearby orchards and communities make a colorful and bustling scene at market time. The boats are inevitably paddled by Thai women in blue farmer's garb ('mor hom') and flat-topped conical hats called 'muak ngob', which are characteristic to all parts of Thailand. The floating markets are still important commercial centers for those living along the banks of 'klongs' with no road access.
Jimmy tried to convince people that he was hung like a mule,but this was just a stupid attempt...
I was allowed to hold this python at the Floating Market,which was the coolest thing at the place,actually.
And no,the wet spot on my pants are water! Not something else.
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