On a recent visit to Bangkok, Thailand I wanted to do something completely different, so I decided to go on a tour with GetYourGuide to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
I’ve been to Bangkok, Thailand on a number of trips and wanted to do something a little bit different on this visit. I had heard much about the floating markets surrounding Bangkok and with a free weekend day spare on my trip I thought this would be the perfect chance.
This is a blog post guide about how my trip with GetYourGuide to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market went.
Why GetYourGuide is such a perfect choice for travellers
It can get confusing when you have much choice on offer. Who do you go with when booking a tour? It was easy to book my Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tour with GetYourGuide. I found the whole booking process super easy to follow. The booking website was well laid out and they even have an app to make things much easier.
You can go through ratings from other guests and read reviews to ensure that every trip you book goes smoothly.
You can also find tours with GetYourGuide Certification, which means that every activity with a GetYourGuide’s stamp of approval is a sure booking. Exceptional customer service, knowledgeable staff, and a great time guaranteed.
I booked with Mr T who had a GetYourGuide stamp of approval for his tours to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market as well as over 200 positive reviews with a star rating of 4.6 out of 5.
I like that you can do all of the booking online and some tours even offer confirmation via an E-ticket, so you can keep your confirmation on your phone without needing to print out your confirmation which was the case on my tour of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Why Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a top attraction located just under two hours from Bangkok. Experience the colourful scene of vendors selling products from their boats as you float along the waters.
As a solo traveller, a guided tour is a wonderful option to meet other travellers. Another added benefit of going with a local guide is that they can offer a great insight and make the trip more enjoyable and educational.
Locations such as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market are hard to reach by public transport and booking a taxi might be the only option. You might as well book yourself onto a tour and guarantee your return trip with a guide to make the trip smoother.
Getting to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Pick up was directly from my hotel, so no need to transport yourself half way across a city towards a meeting place. This was a door to door service which made everything go with a breeze.
The pick up was on time and we had a VIP mini van transfer to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which included bottled water and hand towels to keep cool in the Bangkok heat.
Stop off at a coconut plantation
To break up the journey, halfway along our route we stopped off at a coconut plantation to learn about coconut production.
Coconuts are a big farming business in Thailand and they use the coconuts to turn into all sorts of things such as candy, oils and drinks.
It didn’t take that long and was a nice break to stretch your legs and learn a bit about Thailand’s popular agricultural product, the coconut.
As part of our visit we got to drink fresh coconut juice, try some coconut candy and sample some coconut oil.
Water taxi to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
On our way to the market, we grabbed an express water taxi to reach the main area of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
You can also drive to the market, but it was more fun to enjoy a fast 20-minute transfer to the market going past the local villages along the way.
See the local houses lining the canals and take a quick glance at the locals’ way of living while you pass by. These are the same boats that James Bond used in The Man with the Golden Gun and offer a thrilling and speedy ride.
Arriving at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The market area is a mix of land and water. Some vendors you can access on land such as the food court and gift shops whilst the main appeal is renting a long boat to paddle around the waterways.
Vendors pull you in and take payments by buckets and sticks. Anything is possible here.
Go on a floating boat tour of the market
You should spend around an hour floating around on a long boat to explore all the shops by the canal. A long boat can be rented out for around £3 (extra cost) and you will have a personal driver to paddle you around the canal route. Your guide will arrange your long boat rental for you to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Enjoy a long boat ride through small canals and local fruit plantations and houses whilst exploring the endless maze of canals that make up the market and see from the comfort of your seat whilst on a boat tour.
Eating along the water
Boat noodles are totally a thing. Walk around the canals and see if you can spot a boiling pot on a boat, pull up a plastic stool and order up a tasty bowl of noodles from a cook on the water. It’s that simple and super fun to try.
Some vendors that are too far away will pass you a bag of snacks via a bamboo pole and then you place the payment in the pot connected to the same bamboo stick. I ordered some tasty deep fried bananas and coconut which are a must try and super yummy.
Take time to try some authentic Thai foods, keep an eye out for Pad Thai, papaya salad, mango sticky rice or coconut ice cream sold along the canal.
Time to head back to Bangkok
Once you’ve explored the floating market and found some time to enjoy a bite to eat, it’s time to head back to Bangkok as a transfer directly back to your hotel is included and arranged to make a nice ending to your worry free trip.
Don’t forget your plate!
A trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market wouldn’t be complete without a commemorative plate. Have a great trip to Bangkok, Thailand.
Thank you for reading my blog post
Thank you for reading my blog post about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, I hope you found it useful. If you do have any further questions, I’m very happy to help. You can leave a comment below in the comment section of this blog post.