Friday, April 19, 2013

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Bangkok (Thailand)


Oh, I forgot tell you. Back from my fruitful Ayutthaya tour (River Sun Cruise) and prior to packing food at Au Bon Pain MBK Mall, thereafter heading for Calypso Cabaret Show, I extended my stay in Bangkok. I definitely didn't want to pack for returning to Amata Spring Country Club where I am certain I will literally be bored to death. Blessing of course came from my other half-half when I spoke to him the previous night. He agreed that I should stay for pleasuring myself in another Bangkok day. So, I paid for another night in Pathumwan Princess Hotel, thank god, I didn't have to change room. Same Room. Subsequently, I also  booked and paid for another Bangkok tour. 

Starting off on the same note as my previous two days, an early morning shower, off to the tour agent''s office for hopping into the coach, prior to journeying with the rest of the unknown Caucasian tourists for trigger starting Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tour. Sun had already beamed high by the time we arrived at the pier at 9.00am. We waited for a while and when the decorated long tail boat arrived, we carefully hopped in. Wow! What an adventurous ride. Akin a mini water voyage in Thailand. Narrow canals and winding waterways, every now and then, in between, splashed by water, though didn't literally soak wet us, and a live experience of seeing by the edge of water Thai living. Approximately 20 minutes of cruising, upon arrival at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, we had to wait because there were many others who were getting down from their boats. So many people.   





Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was already bustling busy. Boats cruising up and down, boat traders maneuvering in between, people walking at the wooden higher platform covered area, between the rows and rows of shops, selling all sort of Thai things. I too walked around to see if there will be anything worth buying, but, seemingly its the same things as elsewhere in Bangkok. Didn't temp me. Nope.





I actually was more keen in food. Tummy growling badly since I have not eaten anything yet, I could have squatted at the edge of water by joining the locals for bowl food. Instead, I opted for pancakes from the boat trader, thereafter I called for coffee and sat at the bench right in front. Amazing view. I felt so good watching this hyped-up market. Just made me feel as though I am in a mini paradise. Honestly. 



With another half an hour in hand, I bought two packets of saffron stands for RM20.00, I continued with leisurely walking around, before heading to where the coach was parked. When the rest of the tourists arrived, we departed for the next destination. 


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20 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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  19. I will bein heaven at home he spice market look at all those choices.

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