Bangkok is not just well-known for the congested traffic (on the road) during the peak hours, but also another type of transportation that gives the hectic jam (in the canal); Yes… the canal that full with boats.
Located about 100km southwest away from Bangkok, there is this most famous floating market – Damnoen Saduak Floating market in Ratchaburi Province. On the way back to Bangkok (from Hua Hin), we had this little small sight-seeing activity here.
Boarding up onto the “speed” boat and be ready to get tan if you are taking the most front seat.
The boat itself can accommodate 4 passengers; it costs us about 3600 baht for a boat after negotiating with them. Our boat took us to a few stops – temple, main attraction of the floating market, and finally, a souvenir-shopping-centre.
If you wish to save on the boat fare, you could always check out this type of manual boat.
or this that can fit more than 4 passengers…
Along the journey…
One get to see the Houses by the canals; their way of living…
First stop, stopped by at this temple, prayed and headed for a bowl of hot piping kuey teow nearby the temple.
Priced at 20 baht. Brimmed with lots if ingredients.
and then there we were…
Countless merchants paddled along the congested canals with their canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables; food, spices and souvenirs; selling to the customers on the bank or on the boats/canoes.
The way to make purchase from the bank.
Of course, you could bargain but don’t expect to get the price down a lot (especially on the souvenirs).
The sexy beast
Moving to the souvenir-shopping-centre, the tourists get to check out the coconut candy making process and have a hands-on experience on it.
Lots of souvenirs to choose from but i ended up with empty-hand 😛
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
To get here: travel from Bangkok via Thonburi Paktoh Highway to Samut Songkhram Town, follow the sign to Damnoen Saduak (Highway No. 325)