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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Traditional Ways of Canal Trading

Adequate water had provided benefits to the local farmlands, making the fertile soil along the banks suitable for agriculture. Mostly the locals grew fruit trees such as coconuts, oranges, grapes, papayas, guavas, mangos, etc. as well as various kinds of vegetables. These quality fruits and veg would then be carried by paddle boats which travelled through the canal network to sell at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or distribute to other provinces.


Well, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was the busiest one among many floating markets on this canal. As time went by this market has gradually developed from the unique traditional floating market where people depended considerably on the waterway to the countrys famous tourist site, featuring authentic cultural life. In those days, the locals came to sell their agricultural products at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on the 2nd, 7th, and 12th days of the waxing and waning moon.


In 1967, the simple way of trading on this canal began to attract Thai and foreign tourists who somehow heard of it. They went to visit this lively market themselves. When the market had more and more tourists each day, many tour agencies then started to include it in their tour programmes. Since 1971, the market has been promoted as one of the significant tourist attractions of Thailand and has remained on the list of the most favourite tourist places in this country.

The Damnoen Saduak Canal today is still a pleasant inland waterway with traditional Thai style houses and prosperous orchards straddling both sides. On the boat trip to Damnoen Saduak Market, you may notice that life of people seems so peaceful and a little sluggish. Wait till you reach the trading spot; it is totally the reverse of what youve just passed. Youll know right away when youre almost there since boat traffic on the canal will become heavier and there will be many tourist and vendor boats piling the canal, bargaining for foods and souvenirs. These activities run daily from 6 a.m. to noon.

If you wish to try buying things on the boats rather than at the stalls then you should go to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is good fun. But it would be more convenient if you find any tour agent to arrange everything for you. Usually the tour price includes a long-tail boat trip. A small piece of advice here is to select the boat with a roof because the hot sun can ruin your enjoyment sometimes.

Floating market story

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boat trip

Around Bangkok tour program code S-29
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Around Bangkok tour program code S-31
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samphran elephant ground & zoo

Around Bangkok tour program code S-32
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Around Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-18
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Bangkok tour + accommodation package code P-24
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