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A Guide to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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As promised, I will share with you the details of my experience and some tips and tricks to guide you on your future trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok. This guide is based on my accumulated research before my trip and some of my experience during the trip.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located at Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand. It is actually quite far from the main city, Bangkok but it is worth the travel. A must visit place if you are going to Bangkok. It is quite a view and a unique experience. From the exciting boat ride, to the authentic souvenirs and to the delicious food. I should say, you must not miss this place to your itinerary.

You can say that it is a tourist spot since many tourists flock here. And as a result going to the market will be quite troublesome if you never researched about it well. Wanna know why? It is because prices there are way high! Thai people tend to offer you various things or services that are overpriced. As they say, Thailand is not a “Land of Smiles” anymore, but a “Land of Scams”. But good thing you can definitely avoid such things with the help of my guide.

Tip#1: Make use of your smart phones!

To make sure you will never be lost, download all necessary applications such as Google Maps, TripAdvisor and Waze. This will be your savior if ever you’ll feel kinda lost already.

Tip#2: How to go there.

There are many ways to go there. If you have a big budget, you can hire a taxi cab to take you there. But I bet they won’t agree to have it metered so haggle as much as you can if possible. Better if you can ask your hotel desk maybe they can find you a taxi cab or try asking if they offer such tour.

If you have a tight budget, you can actually commute there. It’s quite easy but I don’t recommend this if you will be with some old people because it can tire them out.
To commute there, you can go to the Victory Monument. There is a terminal there where you can ride mini-bus to the Damnoen Saduak.

Either of the two choices you will choose from above, make sure to tell the drivers to drop you off to the main market. I repeat, TO THE MAIN MARKET. Make sure you do this, to avoid any boat station that offers overpriced tours and services.

But then again if you have that budget, the tours here is quite interesting might as well try it.

Tip#3: Talk to them with a SMILE

If you encounter some people offering you overpriced tours and services, just refuse to them with a smile to avoid any misunderstanding.

Tip#4: Don’t buy too much

As I said, this place is a melting pot of tourists all over the world. It is well-known tourist spot that some vendors take advantage of it and sell you some overpriced products. So better not to spoil yourself too much here. I recommend to buy little souvenirs but make sure you haggle well.

Tip#5: Food Trip!

The best time to go here is in the morning. As much as possible, you should arrive at around 8-9am. So that the market will be not that overpopulated and you will not experience traffic in the river if you will try their paddle boat there. I know it will be quite early for some so better if you will just take your brunch here.

Brunch here is so satisfying. It is because they offer so many kinds of food and the price is so-so. Better make use of your haggling skills to make great deals. But hey! For me, if the food is that good it’s okay for me to spend on it. (Avid fan of  Thai food here hehe)

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This is the tour that I am talking about. It is really overpriced. In this tour, it is inclusive of a motor boat ride tour around the market, to a Buddhist Temple, and an Elephant ride.

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Offering these beautiful flowers.

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An elephant ride with my mom.

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So here are my tips for you if ever you will go to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. I hope you will take some notes so that you can avoid unnecessary spending of money.

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