Visiting Thailand’s Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of kind experience riding a boat to go around in the market. After our one day adventure in Vientiane, Laos the next morning we arrive in Bangkok we head to Bangkok’s known floating market. This is one of the floating markets in Thailand that one adventure-seeker must visit. Although it was kind the touristy and crowded it is still worth a visit. Here you can witness how locals live on daily hustle and bustle of life and make a living in this kind of floating market environment. It was quite interesting to see all the different things being sold by the vendor inside their boats, as well as food. We did not avail on any of the tour packages, here we guide you on how to visit the floating market the DIY way. So walk-through with us, as we guide you on this one of kind adventure that we experience in Thailand.


Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located in the province of Ratchaburi which is about 109 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. The floating market is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily.

1: Head to Southern BUS STATION

Bangkok Train Station Terminal

We recommend getting up early and head to the bus terminal. Look for a taxi and head to Southern Bus Terminal. For us, since we are coming from the coming from Bangkok Train Station, we hire a taxi and  inform the driver that we are heading to the Southern Bus Station, or the bus terminal the goes to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The bus terminal is located at Boromaratchachonnan Road which northwest of the city center of Bangkok. Arriving late in the floating market most likely will cause jams and tour buses will get packed by the time you reach late in the morning.


Damnoen Saduak Bus No. 78

Once you reach the Southern Bus Terminal, look for the Bus No. 78 that departs to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. These buses cater both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned leaving bus terminal. The bus ticket for one-way is around 100 Baht (Air-Conditioned), while 50 Baht for the normal bus. The total travel time is roughly 1-hour depending on the traffic conditions so it is advisable to travel early in the morning to avoid traffic jams.


Boat Ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Thailand

Once you reach and the bus alights you, walk along and hire for a motorized boat. Board on the motorized long-tail boat like this you through streams and canals. There are two-type of boats that serve in Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

1 Mechanical/Long-tail boats are equipped with big engines. The average rate is about 700 Baht good for a 1-hour tour in the market.

2 Paddleboats on the other hand are boats with a person at the back paddling you through the canal.

During the journey, you will be able to see local Thai water houses and villages and notice how the Thai people lived. The whole journey will take around 20 minutes to reach to the floating market.


Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Local Foods

Once inside the floating market, you can find different items ranging from souvenir items, Thai crafts, fresh food, and fruits. On the sides of the canals are vendors that sell these items and some locals are paddling their boats in the market, busy trading, or buying fruits and vegetables. During our visit, we did try to eat great Thai noodle soup, one thing we are amazed of is that those foods are being cooked inside the wooden boat. Overall the food is cheap and the fruits are fresh and delicious

OVERALL EXPERIENCE TO Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

It is one of kind experiences exploring Thailand’s most unique market-Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. The market is famous for its tourist visitors who want to experience how it is like to shop along in the floating market. The overall duration of the trip will take you half-day and usually renting a boat tour in the market will take 40-60 minutes. So if you arrive on the market by 9:30 am, you will be finished by noon. As recommended above, try to get there as early in the market to avoid large crowds and traffic jams. This way you can experience the authentic way of locals living in this kind of life. So if you want to experience this kind of adventure, we recommend that you must get a try and visit this place.


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A wife and a mother of three toddlers | Previously working as customer service executive in a logistics supply chain | working at home mom. But in spite of this added responsibilities I still find time to travel and explore together with my family.

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