if you are shy to haggle, then tough luck! a reminder, Damnoen Saduak is a tourist town, the market maybe authentic but the prices here are inflated as thy want to have the maximum profit from the tourists!
Haggling is an art so you must practice is on all your travels and be one tough cookie to get the best deals. prices of the goods here are sometimes marked up to 200% of their price so a good practice will be to knock off 200% off the price and they say no, then walk away as they would try to bring you back and ask you the price you want. after that you can agree on the price you want.
Fondest memory: Practice the Art of Haggling to the fullest! to get the best bang for your buck!
riding a wooden paddle boat at the Damnoen Saduak Canal takes an average of 30 minutes but due to the touristy nature of the Floating Market and the hordes of tourists converging on the area everyday in the small 800 meter portion of the canal facing the market at boat sides, the boat ride will take 45 minutes as it can get really packed at the canal itself and traffic ensues! but don't worry as it only will take an additional 15 minutes of your time sine this wooden boats are small and can easily dart to what available movable space there is. still it is an experience to see traffic in a really small canal.
Fondest memory: boat traffic at the small canal facing the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Favorite thing: Oh yeah! It is traffic jam in the canal of Damnoen Saduak! I was stuck in the traffic for a good 20 minutes under the hot sun. I guess I can escape the bustling city of Bangkok but can't escape the traffic jam even in the floating market! Well, try to avoid weekends if you can because most of the local tourists come on the weekends.
Favorite thing: The canals seemed so calm as our boat cut its way through the water. Our boat paddler was a lady and she would call out to her friends as we passed by. She was probably saying "I've got a couple of suckers here" but she paddled us around and didn't drag us anywhere we didn't want to go!
Favorite thing: Make sure you arrive early if you want some peace and quiet! I've talked to people that have gone later. Later is fine but if you go early you will feel like you've just discovered Damnoen Saduak for the first time! It is a wonderful experience.
Favorite thing: Check out the motor on the Long Tail Boat. They are car motors mounted on the boats. They are loud too. But they are a cool Thailand tradition. My son wanted my to build one when we came home. I prefered the paddle boats while cruising the canals of Damnoen Saduak. They were so peaceful.
This isn'st my fondest memory but it is something that stuck in my head!
It was a nice calm morning listening to nothing but the chatter of the Market ladies and chickens until this guy came along with his extra loud motor!
Favorite thing: One of the local houses seen along the floating market. I wonder how is it like to be living next to such a busy place with tourists in front of your door steps everyday.
Favorite thing: I really enjoyed my morning at Damnoen Saduak! I loved listening to the locals bargain with the vendors as they were stocking up for the day.
Favorite thing: This ladies pomelos' were Awesome!! I usually don't care for pomelos but I tried these and they were so sweet and juicy!!
Favorite thing: My son really enjoyed his time in Damnoen Saduak! I did too! As I had been to Thailand several times and had never seen a Talat Nam (Floating Market)
Favorite thing: These two ladies where just oblivious to what was going on. The where so engrossed in their conversation that I just had to take a quick photo!
Favorite thing: It seems that the people that I saw on the canals were always smiling. It must have been the joy of being on the water??
Favorite thing: You can see alot of the boats will be decorated in some sort of offering of flowers. You can see the stern of the boat in the middle of the picture has flowers on it.
Favorite thing: The local homes that are near the canals are on stilts. I haven't visited the area during the rainy season so I'm not sure but I'm guessing there are floods in the area.