Floating Markets, Bangkok

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    Royal Thai Handicraft Center

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 22, 2012

    this is a certified tourist trap more so if you are not the type who wants to buy handicrafts or furnitures.

    according to their website:

    RTC relocated its headquarters to 240 Moo 6 Tambon Dongruay , Amphur Damnoensaduak , Ratchaburi, which has a surface area of 150 rai and is conveniently situated only 9 kilometers from Damnoensaduak Floating Market , the largest floating market in the world . it is separated into

    1. Teak wood furniture factory
    2. Wood-carving factory
    3. Furniture and souvenirs show room
    4. Residential and Recreational areas for RTC employees

    At present, RTC employs over 100 people and has a showroom of over 5,000 square meters in Ratchaburi and These showrooms accommodate over 800 visitors a day, and RTC has a vision to develop and expand business to provide more benefits for our customers. One of the main objective of RTC is to aid in the development, improvement, and conservation of authentic Thai art and culture , which as each day goes by , gets harder and harder to find . This may be the last generation of truly, skilled craftsman and their work. Therefore, it is up to the Thai people to maintain the traditional Thai handicrafts and keep these culture alive.

    address: 240 Moo 6 | Don Kruay, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi, Thailand, 70130
    website: www.royalthairtc.com/
    tel no: (66)0-3225-3010-4, FAX. (66)0-3225-4971

    Unique Suggestions: All types of Damnoen Saduak Tours, whether the large bus tour group or the small van tour group of the private car tour group makes a 30 minute stop in this area about 10 minutes away from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market as it it made cumolsory by the toursim authority of thailand.
    you have 30 minutes to look around the area and if you are not fond of buying handicrafts like us, as the handicrafts at the bangkok area like in chatuchak weekend market or at river city is way cheaper as you are charged artisanal prices here.then just kill time by hanging out at the entrance where there are tables and chairs or buy drinks or snacks at the refreshment center in the complex.

    Fun Alternatives: none, just have a seat at the tables and chairs at the entrance

    entrance waiting area handicraft artisans inside entrance to shops
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Road Trip
    • Architecture

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - boat ride caution

    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

    Unique Suggestions: If you really want to take a boat, take it from inside the floating market which should go for cheaper. You also have the choice of taking speedboats (speeding through the spots) or paddle boats (slower ride, more time to enjoy the scenery)

    If you really have to take the boats outside the floating market, do at least try to skip all the touristy spots like coconut farm or snake farm etc and ask the boatman to bring you deeper into the market where there is a nice temple that only locals know

    For more information on how to do a real DIY trip the local way, visit my blog for more info

    Fun Alternatives: dont go there, its too commercialized

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    Bangkok floating markets

    by bulldogtwo Written Feb 22, 2009

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    There are many floating markets in and around Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak is the most popular, located about 1 hour outside of Bangkok. If you want to go to this one, there are a couple aof ways to do it. You can do the tour and you'll reach the market about 8-9 am, along with hundreds of other tourists during the bisiest time. You can also go out the night before, stay overnight in a hotel overlooking the klongs where the market takes place and be up early when all the vendors are starting up, at about 6-7am, and then be out of there by 9am when it gets really busy. That is the best way.
    There are also several other floating markets along the river. A couple of these are just as good as the Damnoen Saduak market and a lot less people, not to mention more relaxed, and a lot cheaper to rent a boat. Like in Singapore, don't forget the FOOD. Probably the single biggest reason for me to go to the floating markets, all if the great little snacks, fruit, and great bowls of noodle soups, so go hungry!
    Have FUN!

    Fun Alternatives: http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/floating-markets.html

    Try the Taling Chan market

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    not worh it

    by paragianna75 Written Sep 13, 2007

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    This time I stayed 2 days in Bangkok just to visit floating market, a place that I have seen in the magazines and I wanted so much to see it with my own eyes.But I regret it, it is not at all the market it used to be many years ago, the old glory has gone and it is more like another show to tourists , to sell food and souvenirs.The ticket to go with a boat to the market cost almost 30euros, too expensive and a waste of time, pity.

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    Floating tourist trap

    by otjo Written Jul 28, 2005

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    The floating market out of town was not an expensive tour but was so jam packed with tourists! The stalls mostly same the same rubbish you find everywhere else and there were so many tourists we had 30 minuites in grid lock! You have to work a lot harder than this to get off the beaten track in Thailand!

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    Floating Market in Thonburi

    by pmarshuk Updated Jul 10, 2003

    In April 2003 I stopped off in Bangkok on my way back from Cambodia and was given a klong tour as part of my package at the hotel. One of the stops on the tour was at a floating market. Except that it doesn't exist anymore. Because of the crowding etc on the klong, the floating market has moved to way outside Bangkok and all that's left are stalls bult on pontoons over the klongs. Very disappointing.

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    I had a hope that the Floating...

    by Jimmytravel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I had a hope that the Floating Market would be cool,but it was hot as hell and made for tourists. I thought there would be locals,but everyone was tourists. You can buy everything in Bankok and save the money you paid to get here.
    Maybe other floating markets are OK,this wasn't. I rest my case.

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    There are no real floating...

    by LittleWonder Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are no real floating marked left in Bankok. The only way to see one is to join the arranged tours that take you quite a way outside the city, but these floating markeds are mainly arranged for the tourists.

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    A Floating Market - it's not worth of wisiting

    by MJL Written Dec 8, 2002

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    If you like to visit places which are full of western tourist, go to the floating market in Damnoen Saduak.

    Unique Suggestions: At least enjoy a boat trip along canals.

    A Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak

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