When you think about Thailand one of the famous attractions that come to mind is the floating market. Some scenes of the James Bond film, The Man with a Golden Gun, as well as Bangkok Dangerous, featuring Nicholas Cage was filmed here.
Damnoen Saduak is 109 kilometers from Bangkok and the travel time takes about two hours.We really wanted to visit this place and we arranged a tour with our travel agency. I absolutely hate travelling by car but managed to get through it since this is probably the only time we will go there.
We took a van with a travel group, took a boat to the floating market and then took another boat to go around the market for 100 baht per head. You can reach the floating market by car, but I guess the tour guide took us through a more scenic route which we really appreciated.
The canal was dug during the reign of King Rama IV to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province with Maklong River in Samutsongkram Province.
According to our guide, the floating market is mainly a tourist attraction in the morning and it opens as an actual market for the locals later in the day. If you want to buy something make sure to haggle. The prices are over inflated since they expect tourists to try to bargain. We bought a pillow case for 200 baht which was originally priced at 450 baht. Be sure to put on your most charming smile when bargaining. If you walk away the vendors are most likely to offer you a better price.
- get a cold beverage before taking the boat tour
- wear sunscreen
- bring sunglasses
- bring a shawl to shield yourself from the occasional spray of water