Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Thailand always stood as one of my favorite places to tour. While planning my next vacation, I came across some crucial details about the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. So I went on visiting all the most popular Bangkok floating markets!
I could not believe they were real. In Thailand, there are floating markets. Wow! What an experience I cannot miss to go. I saw the first when I was 13 years old on a trip with my parents and I still have fresh memories of that day!
The informations I found, before visiting this time, prompted me to research further and found out that Damnoen Saduak is the largest and most popular floating market in Thailand.
I could hold this information to myself. I would wish you get to experience buying goods while floating in the water. What a magnificent experience!
In this post, I will tell you about the Damnoen Saduak floating market, as well as others, found only in Thailand. More so, I will answer all questions regarding floating markets in Thailand.
What is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market?
It is a floating market in Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand. It is located 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Thailand, and It stands as one of the key tourist attractions and the most popular floating market. Both the local tourists, as well as foreign tourists, meet at this floating market to experience buying goods while on the boat.
History about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The floating market was constructed after the King Rama IV order. It is 32-kilometer long met to connect the Mae Klong and Tha Chin Rivers along Damnoen Saduak Canal.
Later, several floating markets originated from the river, and villagers dug about 200 ancillary canals. In 1971, Thailand’s Tourism Authority (TAT) converted the Lad Plee market into a foreign tourist attraction.
The market had on the canal banks boat vendors and stores.
A new road to the Ton Khem canal was built in 1981, and private entrepreneurs created the modern Damnoen Saduak Floating Market along this canal.
Damnoen Saduak floating market tour
Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s most popular floating market, suitable for photo opportunities, food, and insight into a past lifestyle. So as to escape the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest, an early morning start is worth it.
Many tourists coming to Thailand want to visit a floating market, and many of them are going to end up here. But don’t let that put you off because it’s a pleasant morning out of town and you can get a real sense of the city if you skip the tourist shops. The market is more than an hour away from Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to take a bus.
You will be accompanied by a guide who will usually give you Thailand’s potted history and point out the interesting sites as you whizz out into the provinces. Salt fields and green farmland quickly replace high rises. The first stop is a retailer of orchid farms and coconut.
It’s amazing how many uses coconuts are, and the small workshop has succeeded in turning the whole tree into a market, young shoots boiled for palm sugar, squeezed for oil, lampshades, ladders, and even fueling their fires with the husks.
Next to this activity hive (beware of the sugar-hungry bees), the orchids seem less thrilling. However, it’s still beautiful to see them in their natural habitat, particularly if you’re used to seeing them in plastic tubes on window sills.
After this brief stop, hopping on decorated long-tail boats that are waiting to take you to the market is just a 10-minute drive to the pier.
The engine’s roar disturbs the quiet as the boat glides down the narrow canals, tiny wooden houses on stilts bordering the banks, some with larger ponds than lawns.
The boat driver slows down to allow you to enjoy the winding waterways and gain a brief glimpse of those living on the river. The journey takes about 20 minutes, and before the hectic pace of the market, it’s great to enjoy the peace. At first glance, it may feel overcrowded, but visitors and sellers bring the area noise and colors.
What do you do at Damnoen Saduak floating market?
Stepping off the boat, you find yourself between busy stalls selling items similar to those you can find on the Chatuchak weekend market, small toy elephants, tiger balm, and the obligatory’ I was here’ t-shirt.
It’s not surprising to see this on Thailand’s most famous floating market, and it may feel somewhat commercialized, but if you walk further you’ll find the food vendors who not only look more photogenic but also have some far more tasteful goods.
Unlike most other floating markets, Damnoen Saduak’s popularity attracts a lot of fruit sellers rowing their boats along the narrow canals, which ensures that good pictures are guaranteed.
There is plenty of delicious food to try along the docks, ranging from freshly made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich meaty broth.
Generally, you will have plenty of time to walk around, sample some local produce, and take lots of photos. For a good reason, Damnoen Saduak is the most common market
This guarantees the experience of the floating market, even though it does not always feel authentic.
Damnoen Saduak floating market entrance fee
The entire trip will cost you as little as 700 baht, which is less than 25 bucks, either half or full day. It includes a hotel day, transportation back and forth (Bangkok-Damnoen Saduak), all-day street food, and a boat ride. Share the space with someone, and you can get on the market an expensive $5 souvenir.
The boat entry fees range from 150 baht, but you will need some haggling skills! Leave the expenses alone, it’s a must-do trip to Thailand, and you’re not going to regret it.
Colorful pictures will remind you of Damnoen Saduak’s floating market beauty and charm!
Damnoen Saduak floating market boat price
Boats can range from a cheap rowboat (around 200-300 baht) to a motorboat (600-800 baht, which you might only take one of the many cheap day tours in Bangkok at that rate).
You could haggle lower prices. The boat rides are said to be about an hour away, and you will pass through the khlongs on your way to the market and see some stylish homes. But the market itself, as I said, is just a block long.
If you’re more looking for a khlong trip, the three-hour boat ride from Taling Chan Floating Market is a better option.
But first, take a look around the market on foot first. You may even get to decide those fees aren’t worth it. It is possible to take photos from the bridge or on the walkway lining the market. Once 9 am rolls around, it’s a tourist mess.
How do I get to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market?
There are different ways to get to Saduak Damnoen.
Thailand is a beautiful country for budget travelers, so it may take some time to get there without burning your wallet as you get to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak.
The most expensive way is to hire a cab to get you there, but it’s easy if you’re short on time and prefer to avoid the hassle. There are a few ways to get to the market.
Using Thailand’s public transport has a range of transport so don’t sweat it. Take a taxi to Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (it’s outside the city center), where you’ll catch bus #78. The collection point is on Siam Square street level (on the opposite side of the street, there is a tourism kiosk).
I recommend 12GoAsia to those who wish to book in advance. They’re good for advance booking and planning. Although purchasing your tickets in person is always best. The bus starts to run at 6 a.m. and runs around every 30-40 minutes.
The bus will drop you in a non-descript place about 1 km from the market, and you’ll have to catch a taxi or motorcycle taxi that tried to charge me 100 baht when it wasn’t far away.
You will have to discuss the price of your boat trip when you get to the floating market.
Overnight in Samut Songkhram, then book a taxi or bus from there.
Samut Songkhram, the less crowded Amphawa Floating Market, is closer to Damnoen Saduak than Bangkok and even more. Visiting the Maeklong Railway Train (also the Pulldown Umbrella Train) and Amphawa Floating Market prior is an opportunity.
Better still; book a budget to Maeklong Market Tour from Damnoen Saduak. Check out the best hotels on the floating market in Samut Songkhram/Amphawa.
What is there to eat at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market?
At the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, some of the more unique items you will see and have the opportunity to eat: Pla Pao)(–Salt-crusted grilled fish.
Mini coconut pancakes that are freshly made.
Khao Lam (almost)–Sticky rice mixed with gradually roasted sugar and coconut milk inside a bamboo stalk.
Noodles from the boat in a rich broth. There are plenty of other delicious treats and enticing items to see as you stroll along the dockside of the canals of the market.
How many floating markets are there in Bangkok?
It’s a lot of floating markets in Bangkok and one of the biggest attractions in the country.
Although the road has replaced many of the rivers, their unmistakable beauty makes them worth visiting destinations.
There are many, and on weekdays and weekends, you can spend your holiday checking out these floating markets in and around Bangkok.
Those not located in Bangkok are within the shortest possible time easily accessible. Make sure you don’t miss them if you make a list of places to visit in Thailand.
Top 5 Floating Markets around Bangkok
1. Khlong Lat Mayom
Khlong Lat Mayom, one of Bangkok’s best floating markets, is just 20 kilometers from Bangkok. It’s not as big as some of the more popular places like Damnoen Saduak, but that’s what makes it so appealing.
It’s realistic and offers an inside look at how local people are shopping. On the floating market, you’ll even find great food to savor.
Renowned for: it is best known for food. Consider snakehead fish and shrimps How to get there: take a BTS Skytrain to Bang Wa and then take a taxi ride from Bang Wa to the floating market. A direct taxi on one side will cost you about 200 Baht.
Address: Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand Timings: 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
2. Bang Nam Pheung
The big floating market in Bangkok is Bang Nam Pheung.
It is located on the outskirts and is not as big and touristy as some of the more prominent ones, like Khlong Lat Mayom. Gorge on Thai food is one of the best ways to spend your time here.
And there’s a lot of it!
Buy a bowl of anything that catches your eye on boats from the many food vendors.
What to buy: Gac Fruit, Mahk How to get there: taking a taxi will cost you about 150-200 Baht. If you’re coming from Sukhumvit, it will be much cheaper to take a ferry ride to the floating market.
Address: Bua Bueng Phatthana, Bang Kobua, District Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan 10130, Timings in Thailand: 8:30 AM–5 PM (Sat-Sun).
3. Taling Chan Floating Market
Taling Chan is located a few kilometers from Bangkok, and although popular, it has not yet reached the crowd proportions of more floating commercial markets.
You can shop, cook, get a massage, and get a taste of the way of life here. Be sure to take a camera because there are more than enough photo opportunities available on the vibrant market.
Famous for: Nurseries flowers, Thai food, and massages How to get there: public transport is a convenient option. Get off at S6 Station, take a Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Pinklao Bridge Pier, then take Bus No. 79 to get to the floating market from there.
Address: 300 Soi Chak Phra 17, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand Timings: 8 AM-6 PM (Sat-Sun).
4. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
One of Bangkok’s most famous floating markets is the floating market of Damnoen Saduak.
It’s big, and it’s full of life. It is located in the province of Ratchaburi, about 80 kilometers from the capital.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok, due to its enormous popularity, can be very crowded and touristy.
I suggest others like Khlong Lat Layom if you’re looking for a more laid-back spot. Bangkok entry fee without a floating port, this is a nice enough place to explore.
Famous for: Mini coconut pancakes, boat noodles, orchids.
How to get there: 100 km away from Bangkok, a suitable way to get there is to join a local tour.
Address: 9 Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130, Timings in Thailand: 7 a.m. –4 p.m.
5. Amphawa Floating Market Bangkok
This is Bangkok’s most popular floating market after Damnoen Saduak.
Located about 50 kilometers from the capital, it attracts a large number of Thai tourists to dine on sumptuous seafood and shops.
Jump on a longtail boat and explore the river when you’re finished eating and shopping.
The tour price of this floating market near Bangkok is
approximately 2,470 THB for a really nice private Bangkok’s Weekend Floating Markets full-day tour
approximately 1,200 THB for the easy and economic join tour to Amphawa Floating Market with Firefly Boat.
Amphawa Floating Market Bangkok is famous for local seafood
How to get there: Amphawa is a 10-minute ride from Maeklong that is linked by bus and train from Bangkok.