The taxi driver agrees to be our personal taxi for the day and eventually became our tour guide for B2200 ($51). The floating market was the first stop. We took a long-tailed boat up a small river to get there. The trip was great because we got to see the everyday life of the people. Kids were playing and helping the family while the women washed dishes in the river. I was amazed at the brightness of the colors and the incredible strength of the smells as we traveled up the river.
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.