Damnoen Saduak Floating Market



Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Like the numerous floating markets in Bangkok, the Damnoen Saduak market is also organized almost exclusively for tourists.

Located near Damnoen Saduak – 62 miles (100 km) southwest of Bangkok – the market is a labyrinth of narrow khlongs (canals). The small wooden boats are paddled mainly by female traders, some of whom are dressed in traditional blue farmers’ shirts – mo hom – and conical straw hats. The fresh produce, including fruit, vegetables, and spices, comes straight from the farm. For the benefit of the tourists, some boats sell souvenir straw hats and refreshments..

The floating market actually consists of three markets. The largest, Ton Khem, is on Khlong Damnoen Saduak. On the parallel khlong is Hia Kui, where structures anchored to the banks function as warehouses selling souvenirs to large tour groups. To the south, on a smaller khlong, is Khun Phitak, which is the least crowded market.

The best way of getting around the three markets is by boat: trips can be taken along the khlongs or to see nearby coconut plantations. The best time to arrive is between 7am and 9am, when the Floating Market is in full swing..

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