Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tours

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Few markets couple ephemeral wares—fresh fruits, fish, foods, and colorful flower bouquets—with culture, chaos, and tradition like the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. One of the largest and last remaining floating markets in Thailand, this authentic market has entranced travelers and photographers the world over with its vividly colorful scenes of vendors offering goods from long-tailed boats on the sleepy green Damnoen Saduak canal, built by King Rama IV in the 19th century.

The Basics
The famous floating market is commonly visited on half- and full-day tours from Bangkok. Popular options include a guided boat ride along the canal in a long-tailed speedboat or umbrella-shaded paddle boat and a riverside group bike excursion that explores the countryside and nearby canals (klongs) for a better appreciation of local life. Both group and private tours are available, and round-trip transportation from Bangkok is typically included. Because the market wraps up around midday, the experience is often coupled with a visit to the Sampran riverside Thai village or the stupa at Phra Pathom Chedi (Phra Pathommachedi) in Nakhon Pathom, the tallest stupa in Thailand.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no admission fee for the market.
  • Remember to wear a hat and sunblock—much of the market is shadeless.
  • Some of the vendor offerings are geared toward locals, while others typically sell souvenirs to travelers.
  • Pay attention to your valuables and be courteous when taking photos of vendors or their goods.
  • Vendors generally accept only Thai baht as payment.

How to Get There
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located some 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of downtown Bangkok city in the southern part of the Ratchaburi province, a journey of about 90 minute by road. Most visitors arrive by organized tour from Bangkok, though it is possible to take a taxi or public bus.

When to Get There
The market runs every morning from 7am to 11am. Arrive early for the best pick of the produce, to spend the most time wandering amid the vendors before boat traffic picks up around 9am, and to beat the heat, especially during the sweltering summer months of March, April, and May. Toward midday, when vendors pack up, it may be possible to negotiate for better deals.

What to Buy at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
To make the most of your market tour, you may want to interact with vendors and purchase some of their unusual, delicious, and practical goods. Taste smelly durian, order fried bananas served via fishing pole, or select a straw hat from a canalside stall. Whatever you choose, you’ll need to bring Thai baht in small bills and bartering skills. Bartering is part of the local culture and will help to get you the best price.
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Address: Ratchaburi, Thailand
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Hours: Daily 9am - 2pm
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Admission: Free
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Floating Markets Day Trip from Bangkok

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 this 6-hour day trip, you'll cruise past vendors selling freshly picked produce, handmade sweets and interesting souvenirs.
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Private Tour: Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak Cruise Day Trip from Bangkok

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Floating Markets and Sampran Riverside Day Trip from Bangkok

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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4-Day Central Thailand Cycling Adventure

Pedal through the best of central Thailand on a 4-day bicycle tour from Bangkok. Follow a scenic, 75-mile (120-kilometer) route: ride alongside canals to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak floating market and visit Kanchanaburi’s poignant World War II-era sites. Cycle through the majestic ruins of Ayutthaya and travel along jade-colored rice paddies to Bang Pa In, where the ancient Siamese King’s spent the summer months. Your group is supported by an air-conditioned van, so choose to ride as much — or little — as you like on this extraordinary trip through Thailand’s heart.
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3-Day Hua Hin Bike Tour from Bangkok

Pedal through market scenes, mountain scenery and the azure coast of Hua Hin on a 3-day bicycle tour from Bangkok. Ride 58-miles (94-kilometers) with support from an air-conditioned van as you explore three dramatically diverse regions: visit the Damnoen Saduak floating market, trace the scenic trails of Kaeng Krachan and cycle through Hua Hin’s seaside fishing villages. Enjoy a gentle pace throughout the trip, as well as frequent stops to discover shimmering temples and mountain lakes, or linger in the shade of a tropical orchard.
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