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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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2,404 Reviews
Daily 9am - 2pm
Ratchaburi

The Basics

The famous floating market is commonly visited on half- and full-day tours from Bangkok. Popular options include a guided boat ride along the canal in a long-tailed speedboat or umbrella-shaded paddle boat and a riverside group bike excursion that explores the countryside and nearby canals (klongs) for a better appreciation of local life. Both group and private tours are available, and round-trip transportation from Bangkok is typically included. Because the market wraps up around midday, the experience is often coupled with a visit to the Sampran riverside Thai village or the stupa at Phra Pathom Chedi (Phra Pathommachedi) in Nakhon Pathom, the tallest stupa in Thailand.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Floating Market is a must see if in the area
Daniel_N, Mar 2020
Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
Greetings, The tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. The driver was also very professional and safe. The trip to the Floating Market in the long boat was very fun. Once at the FM, we needed to pay for the paddle boat for a 1/2 ride through the channels. This was also very fun. For the price we paid for the tour, this should have been included and for a longer period.
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Damnoen Saduak floating market private trip
richcoz, Aug 2019
Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
Arranging the trip was simple and the cost very competitive. Our private guide, Pearl was both friendly and knowledgeable. The length of the trip was just about right, with the part if the trip by (James Bond) long tail boat being the highlight
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Amazing Floating Market
Linda S, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok
We took a traditional long boat to the markets and got out upon arrival. The traditional means of selling local product was amazing. Great place to eat a traditional Thai meal made and served off of one of the boats. While very touristy, this added to the overall chaos. Watching the multitude of boats vying for space on the canals was very entertaining. Definitely recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no admission fee for the market.

  • Remember to wear a hat and sunblock—much of the market is shadeless.

  • Some of the vendor offerings are geared toward locals, while others typically sell souvenirs to travelers.

  • Pay attention to your valuables and be courteous when taking photos of vendors or their goods.

  • Vendors generally accept only Thai baht as payment.

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How to Get There

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located some 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of downtown Bangkok city in the southern part of the Ratchaburi province, a journey of about 90 minute by road. Most visitors arrive by organized tour from Bangkok, though it is possible to take a taxi or public bus.

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When to Get There

The market runs every morning from 7am to 11am. Arrive early for the best pick of the produce, to spend the most time wandering amid the vendors before boat traffic picks up around 9am, and to beat the heat, especially during the sweltering summer months of March, April, and May. Toward midday, when vendors pack up, it may be possible to negotiate for better deals.

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What to Buy at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

To make the most of your market tour, you may want to interact with vendors and purchase some of their unusual, delicious, and practical goods. Taste smelly durian, order fried bananas served via fishing pole, or select a straw hat from a canalside stall. Whatever you choose, you’ll need to bring Thai baht in small bills and bartering skills. Bartering is part of the local culture and will help to get you the best price.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market