Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok

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    Damnoen Sudak Floating Market..Wonderful Experienc

    by Treshi Written Aug 8, 2013

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    Visited there on a group tour and enjoyed it very much. Recommend this place for a visit for any first timer. The boat ride in the river is really enjoyable with many other boats roaming around the area. Gets very crowded towards afternoon so suggest visiting the place early if possible to avoid the heat and the crowd. Things are not so cheap but some good stuff can be found at affordable rates. The must try is the `Coconut Ice Cream' which you will enjoy very much.

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    Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 23, 2013
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    Been twice to "Floating Market", as on first one it started to rain such heavy and took a time from boat to land to hide, so was totaly wet and the most attraction was to do shopping for souvenirs, tshirts and so on ...

    My second arrival there was on better timing as it was full sunny and nice day, enjoyed the ride and the atmosphere ... I assume to be there in the afternoon, as most of the guided tours arrive before noon after pickup from hotels and drive for about 2 hrs, as all the people arrive about same time, and even its hard to see the water canal full of boats of tourists and of the vendors, but actually this is what floating market is, isnt it ... :)

    Even though transactions are more concerned with tourists rather than locals these days, the floating market;boats are still piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.

    A colorful and perfect adventure to live on your next Bangkok trip ... :)

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    Damnoen Saduak Elephant & Monkey Village

    by machomikemd Written Oct 22, 2012

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    This will be my Damnoen Saduak Monkey Show Tips.

    This is the closest Elephant Village and Monkey Village in bangkok and if you booked a damnoen saduak floating market half day tour or full day tour with rose garden and elephant show and crocodile farm, this Elephant and Monkey Village is included in the itinerary as it is just a 10 minute drive from the floating market. They also have a monkey village here where you can watch a monkey show for 20 minutes at 250 baht per person (not included in the tour price). The monkey shows features trained macaque monkeys that do many skills like coconut harvesting (they teach monkeys to harvest coconuts in thailand), coconut opening, biking, swimming, shooting and slam dunking basketballs, and even dancing.

    Open daily 8.00 A.m. - 5.00 P.m

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    Damnoen Saduak Elephant Village

    by machomikemd Written Oct 22, 2012

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    This is the closest Elephant Village in bangkok and if you booked a damnoen saduak floating market half day tour or full day tour with rose garden and elephant show and crocodile farm, this Elephant Village is included in the itinerary as it is just a 10 minute drive from the floating market. but you have to pay for the elephant ride as it is not included in the price. The Highlight of the elephant village is that you can ride these huge elephants for 30 minutes across a jungle terrain and some small rivers and an elephant can accomodate up to two people plus the mahout (elephant trainer). the ride is bumpy and the elephant sometimes stops to poo! (nasty as smelly too hehehe). The Pirce of the 30 minute elephant ride is 600 baht per person (mor expensive in phuket as they charge you 900 baht there!). They also have a monkey village here where you can watch a monkey show for 20 minutes at 250 baht per person.

    Open daily 8.00 A.m. - 5.00 P.m

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    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2012

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    Part two of my Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Things to Do Tips. with more pictures

    Ancient Siam has many floating Markets but in Modern Thailand, there are now such a few. There are no Floating Markets in Bangkok Area and the nearest floating market is located at at Ratchaburi Province, a good 110 kilometers west of bangkok and the most touristy of this thai floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Actually there are many floating markets in Ratchaburi Province and several in Damnoen Saduak district but again the most touristy is located in the tambon (town) of Damnoen Saduak itself. The Floating Market is located at the Damnoen Saduak Canal dug by the Siamese Army during the Reign of Rama IV to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maklong River in Samutsongkram Province together.

    from about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the damnoen saduak Floating Market is routinely crowded with thousands of gawking tourists like us (hehehe), hundreds of vendors and whole sale purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods. You can buy all the touristy and regular stuff that you can buy in bangkok like assorted silk products, local handicrafts, assorted national thai and regional thai foods and street foods, local textiles and shirts and garments, assorted tropical fruits like lansium fruit, rambutan, mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, mango and a lot more.

    you don't need to ride a boat to buy at the floating market as there are also huge stalls beside the canal where you can buy the same stuff they are selling in the boats. but riding the small wooden boats is a novelty too hehehe.

    opens 8:00 am to 12:00 pm everyday

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    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (1)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 18, 2012

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    This will be my Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Things to Do Tips.

    Ancietn Siam has many floating Markets but in Modern Thailand, there are now such a few. There are no Floating Markets in Bangkok Area and the nearest floating market is located at at Ratchaburi Province, a good 110 kilometers west of bangkok and the most touristy of this thai floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Actually there are many floating markets in Ratchaburi Province and several in Damnoen Saduak district but again the most touristy is located in the tambon (town) of Damnoen Saduak itself. The Floating Market is located at the Damnoen Saduak Canal dug by the Siamese Army during the Reign of Rama IV to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maklong River in Samutsongkram Province together.

    from about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the damnoen saduak Floating Market is routinely crowded with thousands of gawking tourists like us (hehehe), hundreds of vendors and whole sale purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods. You can buy all the touristy and regular stuff that you can buy in bangkok like assorted silk products, local handicrafts, assorted national thai and regional thai foods and street foods, local textiles and shirts and garments, assorted tropical fruits like lansium fruit, rambutan, mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, mango and a lot more.

    you don't need to ride a boat to buy at the floating market as there are also huge stalls beside the canal where you can buy the same stuff they are selling in the boats. but riding the small wooden boats is a novelty too hehehe.

    opens 8:00 am to 12:00 pm everyday

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    Damnernsaduak Floating Market update Dec. 26, 2006

    by ck10256 Updated Oct 7, 2012

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    Take a Taxi to Southern Bus Terminal (about 25 km from Bangkok city center, cost $110-$160 B). Take Bus #78, $64 B. The trip takes about 2 hours. Get off at Damnern Saduak. Do not get suck in by the boat tour operator at the bus station. They want "Standard" price of $1000 B for one hour long tail boat tour. Instead, walk outside the parking lot and turn left to town. A short 10 - 15 minutes walk and you will arrive at the bridge over looking the floating market. You can then hire a non-motor boat tour for $100 - $200 B at the floating market.

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    Damnoensaduak floating market

    by saleemg Written Sep 15, 2012
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    One hour drive from BKK city, but worth a visit. We visited in the afternoon on the way back from Hua Hin as the market is on the way. Though the main activity is early morning from5 AM to 7 AM when all the vendors from nearby areas come to sell their wares / produce, a trip through the narrow backwater lanes is quite an experience. We took the boat from the very first station which falls on the main road just before a small bridge over a stream. The charge was THB 500/- per person (tickets were issued).

    The journey through the backwaters reminds one of the movie Anaconda ! ...with crocodiles lurking around your boat (we saw two baby crocs jumping around our boat.....the thought that the parents would be naturally somewhere around was enough to give us the creeps.

    The yound boat driver was very pleasant and menouevred the boat quite deftly with the engine on a long bamboo stick.

    Shopping is a bit expensive compared to local market, however, one can always bargain and start with half the price quoted. Still you end up paying a trifle more, however, those people deserve that little bit extra.

    We had taken a private car taxi with a good driver named Hom, who spoke reasonable English Tel: +668-7561-5723. Though we engaged him from Cha Am (Hua Hin), he is based in BKK. He charged us THB 3000 for a trip from Hua Hin to BKK, and threw this side trip to the floating market on complimentary basis though we did compensate him with the extra tip :-)

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    by xucclf Written Aug 26, 2012

    If you are planning to go Damnoen Saduak Floating Market yourself, you can take Bus 78 from the Southern Bus Terminal. However, do note that the end point (a boat dock of sorts) where you get off IS NOT the floating market itself. Most travel blogs/websites which promote do-it-yourself travel to the floating market will tell you that you have reached and should take the boat ride from there. DO NOT DO SO! Locals actually have other ways to get in there without having to take the boat ride!

    For more information on how to do a real DIY trip the local way, visit my blog for more info
    http://www.diytraveltips.com/2012/07/damnoen-saduak-floating-market-bangkok.html

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    Damnoen Saduak floating markets

    by Cathy&Gary Updated May 5, 2012

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    We went to Damnoen Saduak floating markets as part of a private tour with a company called We Tour Thailand, they are a fantastic Bangkok based company and we will not hesitate to use them again. We had our own new minivan, driver and very knowledgeable guide called Bobbie. As luck would have it we only had 3 days in Bangkok and it was right in the middle of bad weather and Bangkok was preparing to flood!

    The water level was right up, all the fruit plantations were under water and some stalls along the way were flooding. Once we arrived at the main area everything was fine, just a bit wet!

    Damnoen Saduak floating markets are about 100 kilometers from Bangkok, a lot of people say it is too touristy and has lost some of its appeal. We did not find this at all, we were there early, we did not go to buy anything just to experience the markets and due to the shocking weather and virtually no tourists it was a good experience.

    We went by long tail through many little canals for about 20 minutes then we transferred over to a paddle boat to see the markets. It was a fantastic morning out and we stopped for breakfast at a noodle soup boat which was delicious, we went for the big serve at 30baht.

    I could not believe the amount of fruit and vegetable boats or boats that were cooking all types of local foods and snacks.

    So I think it is still worth a visit, just get there very early before the crowds arrive.
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    Floating Market

    by draguza Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    Damnernsaduak Floating Market ; best place to visit for your family. Here you can take long-tailed speed boats through the many small canals that will lead you to the Floating Market. Here you will be fascinated by boats of various shapes and sizes used by local merchants to ferry their goods. Damnernsaduak is the best known destination in Rachaburi where the timeless lifestyle of native Thai people can be observed along the canals.

    Tourism has led to some high prices and hokey souvenir options. That said, the experience certainly still evokes times passed and is a worthwhile excursion.

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  • things to in bangkok

    by dubsport01 Written Aug 29, 2011

    i was out in bangkok in june there and have wrote a few things up for ideas to do, check the links if you wish. i will be writing more soon i'll post more links up when i get them written.

    http://www.squidoo.com/cobra-show-thailand

    http://www.squidoo.com/thailands-must-visit-markets

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  • FLOATING MARKET

    by babycutesa Written Aug 1, 2011

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    FLOATING MARKET IS AWAY FROM BKK AROUND 100 KMS. I WAS TOLD FROM MY FRIENDS WHO TRAVELED TO BANGKOK THAT IT'S UNSAFE FOR LADIES AND FAMILY THAT HAVE CHILDREN BECAUSE HOTEL STAFF AND TAXI DRIVER JOIN TOGETHER TO CHEAT THE TOURISTS. EVEN IN MAIN TOURIST ROADS SUCH AS SILOM OR SUKHUMWIT FAMOUNS DOWNTOWN AREA. THERE ARE SO MANY STRANGERS APPROACH AND ASK YOU TO GO TO FAMOUS TOURIST PLACE SUCH AS GRAND PALACE WITH LOW PRICE VEHICLE BUT THEY WILL TAKE YOU TO THE DOOR THAT ALWAYS CLOSE FOREVER (MANY DOORS AT THE GRAND PALACE) OR TELL YOU THAT NOW IT'S BREAKING TIME OR THERE'S ROYAL FUNCTION INSIDE SO THEY TRY TO TAKE YOU TO THE PLACE THAT DON'T EXPECT TO VISIT. TRICICLE--THREE WHELL CAR TAXI IS ALSO CHEATING GANG IN FRONT OF GRAND PALACE. IT'S REALLY SPOIL OUR HOLIDAY. SO I CHECKED AND FOUND INFORMATION FROM TOURISM OF THAILAND'S WEBSITE--WWW.TOURISMTHAILNAD.ORG THEN GO TO SECTION CALLED "TRAVEL DEAL" http://www.tourismthailand.org/travel-deals/tours/
    THEN I WENT TO THE FLOATING MARKET AND ROSE GARDEN ON PRIVATE TOUR AS I'M A LADY WITH ONE TRAVEL AGENY THERE. I FOUND IT'S SO COMFORTABLE BECAUSE I CAN LEFT MY HOTEL NOT TOO EARLY AND GOT BACK TO HOTEL FASTER THAN JOIN TOUR EVEN PRICE IS FEW DOLLAR MORE EXPENSIVE BUT IT'S WORTH IT. THE TOUR IS TRUSTWORTHY. TOUR GUIDE IS ABLE TO SPEAK CLEAR ENGLISH AND ALSO KNOWLEDGEABLE. VEHICLE IS BRAND NEW AND DRIVE SAFELY. SO I DO RECOMMEND IF ANYONE NEEDS SAFTY AND TRUST GO TO THAILAND'S WEBSITE YOU WON'T BE MOODY AND ENJOY YOUR STAY THERE.

    LUCY

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  • Give it a big miss!!

    by ddaniels147 Written Apr 4, 2011

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    I have to agree with other comments. You may as well walk down the streets of Bankok - it would be just as romantic. Got conned big time by "Taxi" driver who took us to the exact place we didn't want to go. Cost us 2000 Baht each when we got there. Boat driver stopped at every handicraft stall along the way so we could say "no thanks" to about a hundred ladies.

    Watch the Taxi drivers. Ours wanted 6000 baht when we got back to Bangkok after taking us to tailors and jewellery factory. would not take no for an answer. then wouldn't take us back to our hotel because of alleged traffic jam. We refused to pay the 6000 baht and created a bit of a scene. In hindsight, I should have gone to the tourist police - apparently they would have sorted it out for me real quick.

    In fact I hated Thailand. I have travelled through Indonesia heaps and I must say that Thailand did nothing for me. I have taken home no good memories. Decided to cut my three week Thailand holiday short by 2 weeks and bought a ticket to Bali. Cost us over a thousand dollars but it was worth every cent to get out of Thailand.

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    floating market

    by putri_jogja Updated Jan 24, 2011

    If you have 1 day free in Bangkok but you just wanna take 1 day tour, you can go for Floating Market. Many travel agent offer this tour. Last year I joint half day tour. They picked me up at the hostel around 7 am, and they sent back to hostel arround 2-3 pm.
    It costs approx 500-600 bath.

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