Starting on the same note as day two (Ayutthaya Temples, River Sun Cruise & Calypso 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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