Expensive tourist trap
Due to the latter, some feel that Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is an expensive tourist trap – I do not entirely agree as the genuine locals vegetable and fruits vendor part of the market is still there coupled with the food vendors who prepare their food right from their boat – see how they squeeze gas tanks, oil fryers, hot soups and all other ingredients onto their tiny boats! The quick peek into the lives of locals around Damnoen Saduak on the boat ride journey to the market is also very interesting.
When you are in Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one thing you must try is the fruits! Thanks to the recommendations of Rat, we tried out a chicken and pork rice (40 Baht – more if you add more ingredients) and hot bowl of vermicelli fishball soap (35 Baht) – you can see the food preparation process from your boat and we were glad that the food we tried was prepared in quite sanitary conditions and were very delicious! :-). For the noodles, we were quite surprised when the vendor handled us our noodles in a porcelain bowl and then our boat was off to another part of the market – turns out that the boatman will return our bowls at a later time (charge of 5 Baht per bowl).
After cruising along the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, you can disembark to walk along the banks of the canals to check out the shops and to take photos of the activities in the market. The shops on land are mainly souvenir shops – you will be able to get a better price for most of the items at Chatuchak Weekend Market so just enjoy the sights and take some photos.