Damnoen Saduak is one my favorite places in Thailand because it offered me the chance to live a fascinating experience. Bangkok’s area hosts several floating markets, but Damnoen Saduak is the largest one.
Situated in Ratchaburi Province, at about 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, this amazing place is a fascinating way to discover the Thai culture. Thailand’s most famous floating market is almost 100 years old. Its name, Damnoen Saduak, is also the name of the canal that connects the Taachin River (Samutsakorn Province) with the Maeklong River (Samutsongkram Province).
Even if it seems overcrowded, sultry and chaotic this place is more than meets the eye. You will be delighted by the multitude of boats crammed on the narrow river and filled with different local products. The trade takes place on water, but also on the banks of the river.
You can find almost everything there from fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers and food to clothes, electronics and souvenirs. In my opinion an absolutely fascinating thing is the image of the Thai food sellers who sell their local delicious food in their primitive boats. This image perfectly outlines the Thai culture, traditions and customs.
One of the things that impressed me was the atmosphere and the energy of the whole place. The combination between the tourists’ desire to visit the market and the pleasure of buying quality things makes this place so lively.
However the prices are not very good, even if you are a good negotiator. The fact that Damnoen Saduak is very popular among tourists makes the prices match the demand. In my opinion the best way to visit this place is to hire a boat or take an organized boat tour.
No matter what you choose, this will be a good opportunity to explore the amazing nearby canals. You will surely love the small floating wooden houses that perfectly fit into the setting. Even if Damnoen Saduak is open all day, you should take this trip very early in the morning before the merchants arrive, in order to avoid the crowds and peacefully admire the beauty of this place.
Damnoen Saduak is indeed a must-see. You should definitely not leave Bangkok’s area without visiting this amazing floating market and taking a lot of pictures there.