|Important part of Thai culture|
9am to 5pm – closed Saturday and Sunday
Free. However, boats need to be hired to take a canal trip. Private vendors charge around 1,000 Thai Baht ($33) for a whole boat or 150 Thai Baht ($5) per person. You will need to bargain as the boat operators normally attempt to massively overcharge tourists.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market takes place on a network of narrow canals. Boat tours around the canals take 30 to 60 minutes.
What to see:
Hundreds of flat bottom wooden boats selling various products such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, food and souvenirs.
Floating markets are a traditional feature of Thai life. A hundred years ago many of the markets in Bangkok, and other Thai towns, were floating markets. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was started in 1967 to preserve this feature of Thai life as the tradition has mostly stopped with the construction of the road network and wider use of cars and trucks. There are several floating markets in the Bangkok area, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the biggest of these markets.
Bring your camera as this attraction provides excellent photo opportunities. The vendors, dressed in Indigo shirts and conical hats, are as colourful as the wide variety of flowers and fruit on sale.
On the banks there are numerous souvenir shops and food stalls. The souvenirs are generally overpriced and you need to bargain. There are some nice products on sale although they can often be bought more cheaply elsewhere. The food though is authentic, tasty and generally reasonably priced.
Address: Off National Highway 325, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi Province
Public Transport: Bus number 78 from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi, Bangkok will take you direct to the market area. The 90km trip takes approximately 2 hours each way.
Starts at 6.30am with a pick up from your hotel. You will be returned to your hotel at 2pm. The tour includes the services of an English speaking guide and a long tail boat ride. Click below to book.