Damnoen Saduak, Bangkok’s Famous Floating Market

Thailand’s Infamous Floating Market: Damnoen Saduak

Damnoen Saduak is the most famous of Thailand’s floating markets, located about a 1 hour drive southwest of Bangkok. While it mostly serves as a tourist attraction today, its roots were in boosting local trade. Slumber Party organizes a half day trip to the floating market for 760 baht. You’ll depart bright and early then arrive back at the hostel with a couple hours to spare before happy hour! The floating market is my personal favorite of the day trips from Bangkok organized by the hostel. The bustle and novelty of Thai night markets is turned into a completely different experience when moved from land to water. 

History of the Floating Market

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market has a rich history with origins in connecting Thai citizens. Under the rule of King Rama IV, the Damnoen Saduak Canal was constructed back in 1866. It took a few years to complete but it was worth every hour of labor put into it. By connecting the Mae Klong and Thai Chin rivers, hundreds of additional canals for water transportation and trade were able to be made. Years later, the Tourism Authority of Thailand turned the local trade route into a tourist attraction for foreigners. The boat vendors and shops you can see today have existed on the waters since 1971.

The Floating Market Experience

Thailand's famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak

The 1 hour ride from Bangkok to the floating market melts away any memory you had of being in a massive city. Skyscrapers soon turn into lush countrysides, green pastures and blue skies. I’ll admit that I can get quite antsy while traveling, but this is a more than enjoyable ride. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the pier where we hop into a long-tail boat. Normally, tourists only experience the long-tail boat when venturing from beach to beach like on our Island Awesomeness Tour. The floating market tour is a different story though.

The boat ride along the canal may seem overwhelming at first. It can be crowded, but it’s very lively to be among other tourists and vendors making their way down the river. Hawkers dress in traditional Thai attire, selling everything you’d typically see at Chatuchak Market. That means souvenirs galore, fresh fruits, local flowers and some amazing Thai dishes. It’s an epic place to be for some badass travel photos that words can’t truly do justice. We won’t spoil all the magic, just take a leap of faith and book the tour!

Floating markets are a great way to experience the typical Thai market in a brand new way.

Price: 760 Baht
How to Book: Ask us in person or send an email to bangkok@slumberpartyhostels.com!

Damnoen Saduak Floating Marketing Itinerary

06:00 Shuttle pick up from Slumber Party Bangkok
07:00 Leave Bangkok for Rachaburi Province
08:30 Arrival at the Floating Market, shopping time!
12:30 Buffet lunch
13:20 Return to Slumber Party Bangkok

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