Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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.

How to Get There
By Car: From Bangkok you can take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Rd.) and turn left at Km. 80 for another 25 km along Bangpae-Damnoen Saduak Rd.

By Bus: There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal. Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 06.00 hrs. onwards. Fare is around Baht 49 (one way) for air-conditioned (tel . 435-5031) and Baht 30 for normal buses (tel. 434-5558). The most suitable time to be at the market is from 08.00-10.00 hrs.
Arriving at Damnoen Saduak, you can either walk on the passage along the canal on the right hand side or take a both at the pier nearby to Floating Market area at the price of Baht 10 per person. Those who want to see all the three of the Floating Markets, Ton Khem, Hia Kui, Khun Phithak may hire a boat.

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