the floating souvenir shop
Damnoen Saduak is popularly known as the floating Market and the Venice of Asia. Every Morning, the Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats. They usually use small traditional boats, however, today the long-tailed engine boats became more popular. Vendors are selling and buying or exchanging their goods, which are particularly food, fruit and vegetable which mostly brought from their own orchards, in recent years these goods were replaced with souvenirs and trinkets for tourists, and the floating market became a huge souvenir shop.
Other than “Damn! I lost my Calvin Klein sunglasses there!” I can only say this, and I quote:
“I will say no more, because there’s no more to say!”
~Anna Leonowens (The King and I, 1956)
HOW TO GET THERE: There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal in Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 06.00 AM. onwards. Fare is around Baht 49 (one way) for air-conditioned and Baht 30 for normal buses. The most suitable time to be at the market is from 8:00 – 10:00 in the morning and the travel time is about two hours.