Start my journey
We left Bangkok at 7.30am on a private tour with Rat to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The best way to see Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is on a motorised longtail boat – there are cheaper options i.e. paddleboat but I don’t recommend it as the longtail boat can cover 4 times as much distance so you can check out more shops and boat vendors along the Damnoensaduak canal. The cruise along the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market took about an hour – there are toilets at the boat terminal (I recommend you use them before the cruise).
Checking the villages
At my journey, I will get to check out the villages around Damnoen Saduak as you cruise past in your longtail boat towards the market. There are some small shops just before the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market that sells all kinds of tacky souvenirs and Thai handicrafts e.g. teak and silk products – we saw a few other longtail boats which had to stop at these shops along the canals (perhaps they pay a commission to the boatman). Thanks to our guide, Rat (it also helped that we had the whole longtail boat to ourselves), we steered clear of these “shops” and went straight to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where the action and fun is!
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was bustling with lots of activities – the vegetables and fruits vendors in their boats peddling their wares and of course our favorite – the food vendors! The first part of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market comprises mainly the local vegetable and fruits vendor (which you will see in postcards). The transition to the more commercialised part of the floating market is very obvious – lesser vendor boats, more tourists longtail boats and rows of “shops” setup along the banks of the canals and of course the types of things they sell e.g. LV, Chanel bags (most definitely counterfeit), souvenirs, I Love Bangkok T-shirts, keychains, magnets and all other tourist trap stuff.