Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
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Bodies of WaterFlea & Street Markets
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
About
Visit one of Thailand’s largest and most famous floating markets, where vendors on boats sell local food and unique pieces—from kitchenware to clothing. Try the warm coconut pancakes, pad thai, boat noodles, and classic mango sticky rice as you float along the slender canals. You can find fresh fruits and vegetables here too. Don't forget to see the traditional wooden houses on stilts along the way. Seasoned travelers would suggest an early morning start to combat the heat and beat the crowd. Join a half-day tour on a long-tail speedboat or a paddle boat to explore the market. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • fire-tower
    2,884 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is probably visited by only tourists
    Tourism Thailand has indicated that the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is one of the most popular floating markets in Thailand. When a friend staying in Bangkok heard that we were planning to visit this place, he mentioned that he had never been there and suggested somewhere else. We should have taken the hint. This place is probably visited by only tourists, who would climb onto the boats, either powered by petrol engines or are rowed by a boatman (or lady). There are many boats plying the canals selling coconut ice cream, fruits, souvenirs, snacks, clothing, etc. To be honest, we hardly see anyone buying anything from these sellers at all. If you are considering visiting this place, please do some research on better floating markets that are available instead of this one. And if you still decide to visit, do set very low expectations for the trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2023
  • fhoffmannb
    Düsseldorf, Germany471 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but made for tourists only during the week
    As we wanted to see a floating market but were in Bangkok during the week we decided to come here. As we were among the first ones there at around 09:30 it was really akward to start with as it became very clear that this is only for tourists. The atmosphere of a lot of boats on the canals only came later. Been there, done that …
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Eric K
    Melbourne, Australia309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Obligatory but not what it used to be
    OK so we all know if we are in Bangkok, we have to do Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and yes it is a great experience but comes with two caveats, one DO NOT buy a thing or buy one or two little trinkets just to say you've done it. You will find things much cheaper at the railway market or hte big malls or markets in Bangkok. This has become a tourist trap and unfortunately the number of canoe boats with their wares has dwindled rapidly from the old days, instead your wily canoe driver will take you from one wooden balcony to another with prices unbelievably high.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Fellie E
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the boat ride without buying anything
    It was nice to experience how the floating market is, however please check out the reviews online about this place. We were charged 4000baht for both me and my husband, the cheapest in the package yet very pricey for me. I was so upset knowing that the price of the souvenirs at the floating market were so high, 3 to 6 times more than the normal market. I didnt know until I went to the train market. I dont recommend buying anything from the floating market. If you want to eat, stop by at the food court and not the cafe along the muddy river. The best would be just go for the boat ride without buying anything.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • morethanblue
    Singapore, Singapore421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Experience
    Recommend to take a day tour for the floating market with Maeklong Railway market. The floating market offers an interesting experience and our guide told us that food at the second pier would be nicer, cheaper (and cleaner). For those buying souvenir, remember to haggle for discounts as well. Generally, souvenirs at the second pier can be lower in pricing too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Leigh B
    10 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give it a miss
    This was recommended as the thing not to miss. It was a very expensive boat ride to see some over priced tourist tat on the side of a filthy river. I wonder if this was good when original and now not so much. The temple stops and seeing ordinary life was Interesting but the market was a big disappointment. Better things to see and buy in the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Anders Cao
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    RED ALERT!
    Be careful! When you visit this floating market, drivers will put you down at a far place from that one and ask you to take a boat into this market. However, it is totally free if you tour that place on foot along the riverside. And the price for the boat is up to 2000 B per person or two people for 2 hours, which is very expensive! Insisting to let the driver to take you the exact entrance of the floating market! Remember! 当心! 当你参观这个水上市场时,司机会把你放在离那个市场较远的地方,并要求你乘船进入这个市场。但是,如果您沿着河边步行游览该地方,则完全免费。而且乘船价格每人或者两个人2小时高达2000B,非常贵!坚持让司机带你到水上市场的准确入口!记住!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Anamika T
    363 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different experience to shop in the boats
    We went as part of the tour which included Maeklong station also. Different experience to shop for local food, drinks and artefacts from sellers in the boat. But the place is very crowded and some of the boats run on diesel engine which makes it very smoky there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Jennifer C
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom8 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Row, row, row your boat!
    Not worth the 2 hour trip on its own but you can combine with the railway market and farm visit tour which makes it worth it. The Diesel engines on the boats shouldn’t be used, it made the overall experience unpleasant, noisy, bumpy and smelly and we were splashed several times by other diesel boats going too fast. Try the rowed boats without the engines if you do go. As for the market itself unfortunately it’s a tourist trap with pushy vendors, once you’ve seen one shop you’ve seen them all. Do this as part of a tour or if you have to choose a market there are plenty of better ones. You’ve been on better boat trips.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • francis_61jb
    Singapore, Singapore407 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dont have to use the boats - Avoid.
    A pleasant visit although it is very touristic. We must understand that Bangkok of the past thrived on water trades with boats plying up and down the klong. But at this market, we are seeing boats carrying tourists buying goods from the stalls lining the bank of the narrow river. LOL The narrow touristic river is jammed with tourist long boats and one will only breath in diesel. LOL. And do you know where they washed the used bowls and utensils - from the one and only pail of water. yucks. But it definitely is a pleasant trip watching the other tourist and the local colourful atmosphere.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
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Abbey K
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Reading all the reviews, I feel A LOT of people got ripped off and didn’t do their proper research before heading on this trip. If a taxi driver says ‘I know a good place’ you should immediately say no because you will get ripped off.

First of all, the floating markets is about 1.5 hours away from Bangkok (maybe more depending on traffic). We booked a group tour for about $50 Australian Dollars each (roughly $30USD for reference) which included hotel pick up, air conditioned van and entry to the floating markets as well as a visit to the train markets - money well spent (no where near 4000-6000 bhat which has been mentioned in these reviews)

We went in May, which is shoulder season and it was HOT. This is not a glamorous day out, you will sweat, people will try and sell you things, you politely say no and move on. I had the coconut ice cream for 60 bhat which was delicious in the heat.

In saying that it was such a unique experience that no where else in the world offers. Take all into consideration before embarking on this trip, not all travel is glamorous/easy and is isn’t meant to be. I would recommend visiting just once to experience it but do a group tour!!!!!
Written 10 May 2024
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Neel Kamal B
Guwahati, India107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited this due to the insta-hyped.
Turns out, it is just a low lying, canal converted to a floating market by making high-rise platforms which act as the market.
Also, be careful of two things - there are different piers which charges different rates (so research) and there are literal traffic jams of boats inside the narrow canals (in case you're on tight schedule). Plus, 2hrs from the city.
A good one-time experience.
Written 9 May 2024
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Samy S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We were very disappointed, please don't go there, they charged more money, Per boat cost 3000 Thai baht, but they charged per person 3000 thai baht, if anybody want to go there please aware of that.
Written 9 May 2024
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Vivian Orberg
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My driver recommended this place to me. I was charged 3000 for the boat ride and the boat driver stopped every where and people try to sell you tacky tourust souvenirs. I had an overpriced lunch for 650 bhat and ar one shop they tried to trick me into paying 3 times more than the price they initially said for some cheap souvenir which I only bought as a tip for he driver who said this was his moms shop which also was a scam.
I felt awful after visiting this place.
Written 29 April 2024
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charlie m
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Complete Scam !!

Worst experience in Thailand , hailed a taxi waiting outside hotel and talked us into going an hour away to the floating markets for 600 baht for as long as we wanted .

On the way there we put it into Google maps and it came up 1.5 hours away . On Arrival we were surprised that the cheapest ticket was 3000-5000+ baht per ticket it’s so far away from anything the we weren’t able to do anything but get them down to 2500 baht each .

The first 5 minutes were okay we stopped at a dirty riverside I can’t even call it a restaurant with the most expensive food and drinks in Thailand we were hungry as we hadn’t eaten all day . The pat thai stunk like rubbish un eatable . This is where we then did some further digging on google and realised we got scammed.

We told the boat driver to take us straight to the markets he become aggressive and agitated.

Markets must’ve been shut as we saw not even one boat stall open.

We asked the driver to take us back to where we started as we no longer wanted to continue on the river but he refused and took us further down the river.

The next hour involved back and fourth shouting between the driver and myself to drop us off or back where we started .
He wouldn’t stop the boat to the point where we felt unsafe. Also to mention he drove erratically up to speeds of 60kms/hr.

Would not recommend. felt totally disheartened and unsafe throughout.
Written 29 April 2024
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L7588
Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We failed to look up Trip advisor beforehand and can see now we made a big mistake going there.
It's not even a tourist trap, it's a scam full stop. Don't believe any pictures that show an actual floating market, this is not what this is.
Taxis won't take you to the place where you can (at least) get a cheaper boat and if you don't know, you'll get completely ripped off.
Such a disheartening experience in Thailand.
Written 27 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We did a tour with KK Day which was fantastic. It was a private tour and our guide Q picked us up early and drove safely, we were the 1st boat through the market, it was very peaceful with the occasional longtail boat coming past. Got to try coconut ice-cream and mango sticky rice along the way which the guide arranged. We then had 45 minutes in the market to wander at out own leisure (dry land) and it was quite interesting. So surprised we weren't harassed as others have said. Then it got super busy and was almost chaotic - glad we were leaving. Met back with the guide and went to the train market - this was super crowded, but the private tour allowed us to do it our way and leave when we wanted to. Our guide Q was incredible, my mother was with us and he made sure she was comfortable and assisted her into the paddleboat and gave her a handheld fan to cool off plus supplied water. We had an absolute fantastic day.
Written 19 April 2024
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Lucy G
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Absolutely GODAWFUL. I’d been to the railway market beforehand and that had soul and unique charm. This place was just trash. Firstly I got sold an 800 baht motorboat when you can get a rowing one for 400. I’d seen online it should be 400 but wasn’t given any other option at the dock. At first I thought it might be charming once we set off but god no.

The boat driver clearly has certain people he goes to, perhaps for commission, and they will HARD SELL you their crap as you sit there uncomfortable. Luckily I can say no a hundred times so wasn’t pressured, but once you’ve been in Thailand a while, all they’re selling is the same stuff you see in every souvenir shop, but at about 3x the price. I thought there would be interesting street food type options available but it was just beer, mango sticky rice, coconut ice cream on repeat. I did get a 250 baht pad Thai which was overpriced but tasty, that was the one saving grace.

There’s ads for tiger experiences everywhere, and snakes and other animals you can have a photo with, which always grosses me out and one guy tried to charge me £50 for a photo with his furry lil friend. I would’ve said no regardless of the price but that was crazy.

And then after all that I got dropped in the middle of nowhere and had to try and find my way back to somewhere that made sense. All in all, considering the ride out of town, if you’re here you’d likely have a better experience just walking round the market for free, at least then you won’t be aggressively sold stuff you don’t want while your driver just sails past anything you’re genuinely interested in looking at.
Written 20 March 2024
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Bangash 李忠勇
Pattaya, Thailand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
"If you're traveling to Thailand, make sure to visit this amazing place! I highly recommend it to everyone. It's truly unique. The food is incredibly delicious, with a wide variety of Thai dishes to try, along with fresh fruits and traditional Thai tea or milk."
Written 17 March 2024
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Erica A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Go for the awesome experience and boat ride! It’s not cheap but it’s worth it! Ours was about 2 hours, with private driver (it’s about an hour and an half drive from Bangkok) and private boat and included the train market, it cost about $130 CAD a person. I’m sure it’s less in a group. Shopping wise there is definitely a much higher mark up here but they will negotiate. I recommend just enjoying the ride, maybe buying one souvenir (chatuchak weekend market is where to go for all shopping!!), enjoy some beers and some food along the water and take in the experience!
Written 16 March 2024
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