Sunday, June 14, 2009

Damnoen Saduak, Thailand floating market







I had actually lost count on how many time i had been to thailand , but rough estimate could be more than 15 times.Me and my wife love to go to thailand because of its food , culture and most of all because its cheap. RM 1000 could strecth you along way in thailand if you plan your journey properly.Damnoen Saduak (Thai: ดำเนินสะดวก, lit. Comfortable travel) is a district in central Thailand in the province Ratchaburi .This town is famous worldwide for its floating market.But sadly i could say that the real element of floating market is lost because it is too commercialized as a tourist destination.I can say that the total existance of the floating market is to cater to the tourist dollar but still it is a unique and memorable experience to ride on the small sampan amid the peddlers along the small channel.Riding on one of the khlong you feel as though you are being transported back in time but then you will feel that you are being transported back in the present after hearing the peddlers shouting "Sir , very cheap watch , cheap cheap , good good ".You can find almost everything here that you can find in any night market in thailand but bargain hard as things are almost double its price here.
Actually Damnoen Saduak is not only about the floating market , if you have time you should take the boat cruise which will take you around the village which is literally built on water . It is like being in venice but in small scale and hence the name venice of the east is given to Damnoen Saduak.
The below information is an excerpt from http://www.asiatravel.com/floating.html on how to get there
By Car: From Bangkok you can take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Rd.) and turn left at Km. 80 for another 25 kms. along Bangpae-Damnoen Saduak Rd.
By Bus: There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal. Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 06.00 hrs. onwards. Fare is around Baht 49 (one way) for air-conditioned (tel . 435-5031) and Baht 30 for normal buses (tel. 434-5558). The most suitable time to be at the market is from 08.00-10.00 hrs.
Arriving at Damnoen Saduak, you can either walk on the passage along the canal on the right hand side or take a both at the pier nearby to Floating Market area at the price of Baht 10 per person. Those who want to see all the three of the Floating Markets, Ton Khem, Hia Kui, Khun Phithak may hire a boat at the price of Baht 300 per hour. It is recommended that the fare should be settled before starting off.
The visit to this market, especially noted for its fresh fruits from surrounding orchards, can be combined with a tour of the great chedi in Nakhon Pathom or Rose Garden which is on the same route, the show time at the Thai Village in the Rose- Garden is at 15.00 hrs. and admission fee is Baht 190 per person. This trip can be arranged through a travel agency or tour counter in most of the hotels in Bangkok.

8 comments:

  1. floating market...what i can say love to see this place..diffrent than other.....

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  2. Bila cakap tentang backpacker,wow !!!memang seronok apa lagi bila buat trip macam dalam gambar floating market,i love that:)
    by the way wonderful shot ,Thanks for sharing.

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  3. lenny - yes this place is different from other places that i had visit

    uncle - thank you.Zaman backpacker saya dah habis.Sekarang ni enjoy travelling with my wife and kid

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  4. khlong=small sampan? bukan ker khlong maknanyer sungai...?

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  5. adie-thank you for pointing that out.i had made correction

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  6. i know what you mean by places like this becoming too touristy and over commercialized. i guess the good thing is that people are able to make a living from tourism. the bad thing is that travellers are deprived from authentic experiences and sometimes get badgered a tad too much.

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  7. whereinsoever-you are correct.But being a season traveler i prefer seeing something original although the original is something that is not pleasant

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  8. This floating market is UNIQUE & AWESOME! I must try to visit this place. Thank you again for sharing!

    Excellent travelogue and great pictures. I like the picture of Mat Salleh tersempit in between of the boats :)

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