Friday, April 19, 2013

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Bangkok (Thailand)


Starting on the same note as day two (Ayutthaya Temples, River Sun CruiseCalypso Cabaret Show), by 7.00am, I journeyed with the rest of the unknown Western tourists to arrive at Damnoen Saduak floating market, reputed as the most popular floating market in Thailand. Waiting at the pier, we then carefully hopped into the decorated long tail boat for an adventure ride through the narrow canals while passing by the small wooden houses and every now and then splashed with water when the speed of the boat picks up. Not to say you will be totally wet, but if you are seated at the edge of the boat, your hands and legs are not spared. Actually, just a minor thing compared to the excitement of the 20 minutes cruising via the winding waterways while watching the Thai people go on with their daily lives at the river banks.  








Since there were also many other tourists who were getting down from other boats when we arrived at the market, we waited for our turn before carefully balancing to step onto the wooden pavement. For the next hour, we were free to do as we like, including shopping at the stalls which sells pretty much the same Thai things. Honestly, I wasn't really tempted to shop, but I still walked around to kill some time.    



Besides shopping, there is ample choices of affordable local Thai food, opt between from the stalls or from the traders on the boat, either squat at the pavement like the Thais do or sit at the benches and watch the hustle-bustle of the market while tucking in, I bought the coconut pancakes and ordered a coffee, sat right in front to enjoy the view.   



With another half an hour in hand, I bought two packets of saffron stands for RM20.00, continued walking to the open area where the coach was parked and when the rest of the tourists arrived, we departed to the next destination. 


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19 comments:

  1. Nava, I have been here too..:-) it was such an experiences. I enjoyed it and the food was of course the highlight for me.. On that note, happy weekend!

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  2. interesting floating market shots.

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  3. Hi Nava, you sure have a great experiences being there!

    when I was in Padang Besar year ago, I know I have only one step to Thailand, somehow I still do not dare to make Thailand as the next destination ... I always worry about security while there, but it turns out you are still able to enjoy a variety of wonderful memories there ...

    I probably need a bit of spirit and stimulants to get there ...
    I only see the uniqueness of Thailand and its food on TV only ..poor me...

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  4. Wow such a nice experience, I did some virtual shopping for bags and decorative stuff. Shops in waterways looks very exciting, coconut pancakes and fresh spices it is overwhelming. Very nice clicks.

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  5. Wow I have never seen such a market before. so cool that you can sit on a boat and pass by the stalls. love it! =)

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  6. nice clicks,it was a delight to see them.

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  7. Nava, lovely shots. nice to know more about floating markets.

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  8. love d cliks.1st 2last i enjoyed.but aftr wacthing last clik i shivered 4 a sec really.
    MAHA

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  9. I heard about thin crispy pancake filled with sweet potato and egg sell in these floating markets. Love your writeup. Thailand is my dream place to visit

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  10. I haven't been to thailand , would live to be there . thanks for sharing this experience

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  11. had seen this place in documenteries...but ya its really amazg

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  12. I have been to Thailand during school days, but the guide never took us to Floating market or anything interesting due to some security concern back then. But have seen all these locations in a travel program in TLC, one of the best channels.
    Loved the pics and the description.
    I'm sure you are having a gala time there, enjoy!

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  13. Lovely clicks Nava... It was great seeing them :-)

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  14. Wonderful clicks and amazing scenario....

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  15. Such a beautifu place,thank for sharing your travel Nava all the pictures are gorgeous,make me want to go there :)

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  16. so many interesting to see there. would love to see upclose all those crafts

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  17. Ample coconut flat pancakes, snake and man, fantastic, authentic shots, very interesting article.

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  18. Aww reminded my of our trip to this floating market. Gr8 experience and loved that tiny yellow banana. So nice captures.

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