Floating Market

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jim Rosenberg on January 27, 2002

Boats are a major means of transportation and we chose to visit the countryside on a tour that found us heading into a network of canals in a long-tail boat in a scene reminiscent of searching for Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. The boats are narrow and if you can imagine a 6-cylinder car engine with a short muffler and then a propeller stuck on the end of the drive shaft, you can understand the noisy propulsion system.

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!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bang Phae-Damnoen Saduak Road
Damnoen Saduak, Thailand, 70120
+66 2 694 1222 (Tour


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