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Visiting Bangkok’s Floating Markets

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Visiting Bangkok’s Floating Markets
Thailand’s floating markets evoke an earlier era, when waterways were the main conduits of trade. Today they couple exotic wares—tropical fruits, fragrant foods, and the necessities of city life—with opportunities to meet colorful locals in traditional longboats. Here are some of the Bangkok area’s best floating markets.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
In Ratchaburi, some 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of downtown Bangkok, this market takes place each morning from 7 to 11am on the Damnoen Saduak canal. If you can, come early—the best stuff goes quickly. Test your bartering skills from shore or take a paddleboat tour through the chaos, ordering fried bananas served via fishing pole from neighboring boats. Get your camera ready for great shots of women in traditional wicker hats and their loads of fruits and vegetables, but remember to be courteous and ask your photo subjects for permission before snapping. Many floating market tours tag on trips to the River Kwai, the stupa at Phra Pathom Chedi (Phra Pathommachedi), and the Rose Garden, all of which are all well worth a visit. 
 
Taling Chan Floating Market
For something a little closer to the center of Bangkok, this smaller market, some nine miles (15 kilometers) west of downtown, offers an authentic experience to mingle with locals as they drift along a sleepy canal. Take a private tour and learn how to barter for fruits and vegetables grown in gardens nearby. Once you’ve had enough shopping, find a quiet spot to enjoy fresh seafood before hopping on a long-tail boat trip through the neighboring canals.
 
Amphawa Floating Market
Just nine miles (15 kilometers) from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, this mid-size shopping area is the region’s only floating night market (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from about 4 to 9pm), and tends to be more popular with Thai locals than visitors. Food is king at Amphawa, and this is apparently where “boat noodles” originated. Watch as local vendors maneuver their row boats overflowing with steaming woks of pad Thai, vats of traditional Thai-style coffee, and carefully packaged desserts. When the sun goes down, rent a boat and watch the place light up as you drift along the waterways.
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Floating Markets Day Trip from BangkokDay Trips

Floating Markets Day Trip from Bangkok

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Go beyond Bangkok city limits and gain a deeper understanding of life beyond the capital as you explore the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak. Travel by long-tailed speedboat as a guide unpacks the secrets of these 19th-century canals built by King Rama IV. Over the course of this half-day trip, cruise past vendors selling freshly picked produce, handmade sweets, and interesting souvenirs.
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Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

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Experience the iconic floating markets of Damoen Saduak on a half-day private tour from Bangkok. Weave between vendors in wooden boats as you explore this traditional market that’s 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside of the city’s heat and noise.  On your way through the countryside, stop by the extraordinary Maeklong Railway Market, where fresh fruit is piled to the edge of the train tracks, and stare up at the imposing dome of Phra Patom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from BangkokDay Trips

Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

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This private tour of the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak offers travelers an up-close look at everyday life on Thai waters. Follow your guide along the backwaters of Bangkok canals on a motorized boat and check out the local vendors selling fresh produce, souvenirs and handmade sweets from their traditional canoes. This one-of-a-kind-experience is perfect for the traveler looking to get off the city streets and sample a bit of the culture and character this popular destination has to offer.
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Half-Day Tour of Damneon Saduak Floating Market from Bangkok

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Explore the colorful Damnoen Saduak floating market on a private tour from Bangkok, and experience life along Thailand’s bustling canals. Meet vendors in narrow boats piled high with fresh produce and handicrafts, sample local delicacies from riverside stalls, and capture the vividly photogenic scene. Travel to the market across the lush Thai countryside that surrounds Bangkok; pass palm plantations, villages and farm fields and get a glimpse of life outside the city.
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Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Tour from Bangkok

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Get two for one on this Damnoen Saduak floating market and Bridge Over the River Kwai Tour from Bangkok. Spend a full day following your expert guide on this tour that showcases the best of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi region and offers up the perfect escape from the energy of urban streets.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from BangkokDay Trips

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Bridge on River Kwai Day Trip from Bangkok

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Get the most of your travels by getting out of Bangkok on this full-day private tour of floating markets and bridge on the River Kwai tour. Spend some time exploring the floating markets with your expert local guide, and make your way to Kanchanaburi, where you’ll pay a visit to the infamous bridge that made its Hollywood debut in a movie staring Alec Guiness—The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

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Experience vibrant Damnern Saduak floating market on this day-long private tour of Bangkok’s most memorable sights.  Pass through dramatic rice paddies and salt fields, and meet traditional artisans on your way to the market, where vendors in wooden boats sell the fruits and vegetables they’ve brought from the countryside. After dining in this atmospheric setting, immerse yourself in Bangkok’s vivid history.  Step aboard a river boat into the heart of the city, then explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, considered the most sacred in Thailand.
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Private Tour: Floating Market and Rose Garden Tour from BangkokDay Trips

Private Tour: Floating Market and Rose Garden Tour from Bangkok

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Join a private guide for a day of vibrant Thai culture on a 12-hour tour from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the Royal Thai Handicraft Center, and Sampran Riverside. You’ll cruise through colorful throngs of narrow boats, see traditional artisans at work, and watch a fascinating cultural show, with the flexibility of a fully-private tour. This cultural excursion from Bangkok includes entrance fees, a Thai lunch, and round-trip hotel transfers in a climate-controlled vehicle.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Sampran Riverside Day Trip from BangkokDay Cruises

Private Tour: Floating Markets and Sampran Riverside Day Trip from Bangkok

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Enjoy a private tour of some of the region’s most notable cultural attractions on this day-long excursion from Bangkok. Your trip includes a visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s best-known markets, which you’ll explore by longtail boat. Then it’s off to the Sampran Riverside Thai Village with your private guide. Enjoy lunch at the garden’s restaurant and watch as villagers demonstrate their skills in everything from rice pounding to umbrella painting. You can also take in sword-fighting, a wedding ceremony and other traditional activites.
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