Thailand: Damnoeng Saduak floating market

Check any random travel guide on Thailand and you’re sure to find pictures of Damnoeng Saduak floating market. So – when you are going in that direction – you have high expectations. The pictures look good. Lots of locals that are trading their wares. Mostly fruits and vegetables.

Damnoeng Saduak Floating market |

And to a certain point that is what happens at the market. People are selling their wares and as you can see in my photos it is colorful and hectic. But also very very touristic. The boats that are there for the tourists get commision when they bring you to certain tourist boats. Not loaded with fruits and vegs but loaded with souvenir crap. So that is where they will bring and not anywhere else. Despite the fact that we were clearly not interested our boat guy kept bringing us to the next boat with a mountain of hats to buy. Quite annoying.

Damnoeng Saduak drijvende markt |

I think he probably had to bring us there in order to get his extra pay or whatever, but it is one of those things…. Maybe there are people out there who don’t follow those rules but definitely one to watch out for if you want to have a look at the real business and not the tourist business. Despite all that: going there is still worth the trip. It is after all the most famous floating market in Thailand.

There are many more out there with less tourists so check in your area for other options too.

Damnoeng Saduak Floating markt |

Damnoeng Saduak Floating markt |
Anyone fancy a hat?

All in all we did think it was worth the detour, but be careful with the vendors. As I said there are other options and better options out there. Smaller and more authentic.

Damnoeng Saduak is located roughly 100 kilometer from Bangkok. In and around Bangkok are also several floating markets. If you do go be sure to discuss the price with your boats man. It can get very crowded and as with any crowded area be careful with your belongings.


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Simone van den Berg

Travelling makes my heart beat just a little faster. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to discover the world and experience other cultures. Ever since our first far away trip to Mexico in 1997 I love to explore outside of Europe. Having said that: there is so much to see closer to home still! Combining travel with delicious food is the ultimate combination as far as I'm concerned. Of all my travels I have kept journals. That's why this site is called 'Paper Travels"

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