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Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (Amphawa)

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Thai name : ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก

GPS : 13.52011176,99.95929956 (See on the map)
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When in Bangkok and Samut Songkram, people are talking about floating market (or talat nam in Thai), they almost always mean Damneon Saduak. 25 km from Samut Songkram, this market has been recreated to show tourists a reality that is rare now in Thailand: the floating markets. Thais do not do their shopping here. Only tourists, Thai or not, go to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and buy fruits, fried bananas and souvenirs. Do not eat breakfast before you come, you will have enough to eat there. Most of the trade is happening on the water but there are also some shops on the docks including restaurants. The market is held on a not very long canal but if you take a boat trip you can ask to go tothe other cannals. They are also interesting even if there are no vendors any more.
Damnoen Saduak has many critics about its lak of authenticity as it was recreated for tourists and its tourist overpopulation. Anyway it's still an interesting visit to do. Better if you mange to comme early (ideally around 8 am before the market is not very active) to avoïd jamming of tourist boats.

Practical information about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This is the only floating market around Bangkok that is open every day. Others are only open on the week-ends. To get to Damnoen Saduak from Bangkok , you have to take a bus or minivan from Sai Tai Mai, Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. The journey takes 2 hours (departure every hour). From Mae Klong (Samut Songkhram) and its famous railway market, take the blue songthaew (truck) number 467 (30 minutes - 18 THB). Its stop is near the bus terminal of the city. It will drop you at the beginning of the road leading to the floating market (1.5 km walk). From Amphawa, you can also catch this same songthaew by going on the main road 325 or hire a taxi or a tuk-tuk for around 200 THB to take you there.
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