Bangkok Floating Markets
Over 30 years ago, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market featured in a classic James Bond chase scene was already a tourist attraction.
An aquatic cultural show festooned with abundant color and souvenirs. The variety of goods, everything from rattan balls, traditional puppets and fresh fruits to embroidered handbags, noodle soup and wide brimmed bamboo hats is impressive.
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest. Most visitors who come to Thailand want to visit a floating market and many of them will end up here. The market is over an hour outside Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour.
Hop onto decorated long-tail boats that are waiting to take you to the market. Stepping off the boat, you find yourself amongst the busy stalls selling similar products such as small toy elephants, tiger balm and the compulsory ‘I was here’ T-shirts.
If you walk further, you will find the food-sellers, who not only look more photogenic, but also have some far tastier goods. Unlike most of the other floating markets, the popularity of Damnoen Saduak attracts many fruit sellers rowing their boats along the narrow canals, meaning that you’re guaranteed great pictures.
There is plenty of tasty food to try along the docks, from freshly-made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich meaty broth.
You’ll have plenty of time to wander around, taste some local produce and take plenty of pictures.