There are several floating markets near Bangkok, and as the serious bloggers as we are, we rented a private car to take us to the biggest one, Floating Market Damnoen Saduak, to make a post for Travellersplanet. Actually we are really not that much into markets, as we think they are full of stuff you don’t need, and way to many people. And Damnoen is no exception – the most famous of the several floating markets, this place is the mark you have seen photographed hundred of times, where hundreds of boats are floating is the canals, selling fruits, food.
At the edge of the market, you hire a boat to take you around the rivers. This market is 100 years old with a lot of history as a center of business, but today it is more a giant souvenir shop, filled with package tourists. The area of the market is pretty small, and it is seen in a matter of one hour. Just south of the market, the rivers is full of smaller family businesses and residential areas.
The name comes from the original name of the canal, which was dug out in the reign of King Rama IV. The canals was the nerve in transportation at the time, and furthermore the canals provided farmers with adequate waterer for the agricultural purposes for the whole year around.
As soon as you enter the area of the market, all sellers do what they can to get in contact with you in hope to sell some of the souvenirs and local craftsmanship.
If you are into markets, we think that you can easily make a a really good bargain in the canals. But you should not go here as the only stop on a day trip – get up early and visit it as a stop during a trip to Kanchanaburi, as you might will feel it like a wasted day if the floating market is the only stop.