Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, most famous floating market in Thailand. Famous tak famous floating market ni kiranya James Bond pun dah shooting sini la dalam cerita "The Man With The Golden Gun" and also Nicholas Cage "Bangkok Dangerous". Orang kata this is the original floating market in Thailand, but I'm not so sure either is it true or not. Damnoen Saduak is one of a provincial district of Rajburi Province, quite far from the city of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. The colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. Buah maneh elok aih, baja apa depa pakai tak tau la. Makanan pun sedap-sedap. There is lots of chatter and activity – bargaining is common – that’s all part of the fun -- but don’t expect to get the price down more than a few baht. However; today the long-tailed boats pushing by engine become very popular. Jangan terkejut kalau tengok long tail boat sini ada yang pasang enjin VTEC, ada yang pasang Turbo. Believe it, ini bukan auta tapi ini fakta.
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Located in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, around 37 miles west of Bangkok. Looks like any other open-air market in Asia. The market is sheltered by low-hanging awnings / umbrellas and if you look closely, you will notice that you are actually walking on train rails. Then a piercing siren sounds and in a flash the market transforms - the shoppers disappear and the stallholders whip away their produce. One moment you see the locals shopping for their vegetables and the next moment the vendors will scoop up their baskets and boxes and anything that lies over the track. The market comes to a standstill as all the vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings to make way for the train to pass. It is such a tight squeeze that the train travelling at about 15mph almost touches the fruits, vegetables and everything else at the marketplace as it passes through. Once the train is gone, the vendors push back the stalls and awnings into position and everything goes back to normal as if nothing has happened. Do note that the train schedule is subject to change so check the schedules with the train station before planning your journey to Maeklong.