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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
October 20, 2003
They are called "floating" markets as many of the stallholders ply their wares from wooden canoes or sampans. In addition to this, many of the buying public are transported in a procession of sampans up and down the canals. The markets are very hectic, with hordes of tourists making the pilgrimage every day. This said, the markets still give you a good idea of what trading was like in Bangkok.
From journal Live the High Life in Bangkok
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From journal Bustling Bangkok
December 30, 2002
We arrived to the floating market, Damnoen Saduk, and boarded yet another boat to look around the market. The fruits and foods were amazing. As you travel by the floating vendors, you are pummeled with trinkets, foods, and clothes. You quickly learn the best way to avoid conflict is to avoid eye contact and continuously say no.
We had a huge lesson during our trip. A man carrying a huge snake was positioned in the river, very odd. When we gawked in amazement, he boarded the boat and placed the snake first on Rich and then on me. After being grossed out and amazed, we were about to leave when he thrust his hand into Rich’s face and it read "photos B500 ($10.50)." We were horrified. Luckily the cab driver talked to him and we agreed to pay him for one photo, only then quickly left his boat feeling like complete travel virgins.
My overall impression of the market was a sense of surreal fantasy. I would have never imagined the number of people, colors, smells, and noises that could exist in one small river. Your eyes were overloaded with the intensity of sights. It was completely incredible and highly recommended!!!
Lesson learned: The market tends to cater to tourists, so be careful shopping. Some items may seem like bargains, but are really way overpriced.
From journal Bangkok Thailand
by Jim Rosenberg
January 27, 2002
We ended up in a floating marketplace that was very active. Like many stops in the tours, there are people there to sell you things from trinkets on up through tailor-made clothing and high-end furnishings. Prices are negotiable; something that some people find to be interesting and fun, while others find unsettling. The floating market features everything from fresh fruits to clothing. There is a land-based portion of the market where you can work your way through many different types of merchandise.
We felt the best deals to be had involved pewter and certain art/craft type objects. I would not buy "jade" or "gold" in such an environment, since the chances of it being authentic would seem quite slim to me and there are reputable downtown establishments for those who want higher-end jewelry items. There are also a lot of "name-brand" knock-offs for sale in floating markets or from street vendors in Bangkok, too, for that matter.
One quick tip: be careful about the things that you eat or drink. We drank only bottled water or canned soda and never ate food from vendors (no matter how tempting) and we never had a problem. This is something to keep in mind when you are off the beaten path at a floating market!
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August 12, 2004
The next stop was the dock for the long-tailed boats. We cruised through the canals and saw how many of the Thai people lived directly on the water. We arrived at the floating market 25 minutes later and had the option of exploring on foot or hiring a canoe to take us through the market. We chose to explore on foot and walked around for about an hour. Towards the end though, we were ready to move on, as we had seen everything we wanted to see.
Following the floating market, we drove to a teak market where people were carving the teakwood into various shapes and sizes. We then drove into the town of Kanchanaburi and walked through the JEATH museum. Afterward, we went to a floating restaurant over the River Kwai where we had a traditional Thai lunch with tea, soup, and curry and then rode the long-tailed boats again to the Bridge. We were given time to explore the bridge and walked across to the other side.
Following the bridge, we went to the war cemetery for a half hour and then we drove back to Bangkok. We were staying farther south from the drop-off point, so the tour guide hired a taxi to take us back.
This tour was well worth the money and the time. When I booked the tour through Travelocity, I thought we were only going to be stopping at the Floating Market and the River Kwai. We got to see what traditional Thai life was like, sample some Thai food and also see many interesting sights that we wouldn't have if we'd been on our own.
From journal Honeymoon in Thailand