The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is Thailand’s most famous floating market. It lies about 100 km southwest of Bangkok in the province Ratchaburi.
The floating market has a long history. In the past, Thailand had a poorly developed road network and so King Rama IV commissioned the 35 km long Damnoen Saduak Canal. It connects the Tha Chin River in Samut Sakhon province with the Mae Klong in the Samut Songkharm Province.
The canal was completed in 1868. The fertile soil on the banks offered the best condition for a rich harvest. They farmers sold their products directly on the canal and thus the floating market evolved over time.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market also formed a backdrop for a hot pursuit in James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”.
As early as 1991 we visited this really beautiful Floating Market. In those days the vendors mainly offer fruit, vegetables, and fish. The local people came for shopping and the tourists played a subordinate role.
This picture has changed. Today it is almost exclusively a floating souvenir market and the tourists are so numerous that it often comes to a jam of boats in the canals.
After we have made some shots, we buy a bite to eat and look for a quiet corner.
If you experience the market for the first time, it may still be interesting to take a look, but it has lost its originality. What a pity!
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is open daily 7:00 am to 13:30 am.
Anyone who wants to experience the market in more tranquility should get there early, because from 9:00 am numberless tourists arrive at the market.
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