Central Thailand / Damnoen Saduak

 Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak

Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak


Damnoen Saduak is a small town of Ratchaburi Province, some 25km (16mi) east of the town of Ratchaburi. From the town of Ratchaburi it's probably faster reached by boat, cruising the extensive canal network of the area, than by road. Damnoen Saduak's main attraction is its floating market.

Just a few decades back, shopping in central Thailand (including Bangkok) was conducted principally along the canals (or Klongs in Thai). The Bangkok waterway network was so extensive that the city was called the Venice of the East by European visitors. (Europeans liked such designations; Saigon used to be called the Paris of the East.)

Meanwhile, most Klongs in Bangkok have been filled and paved over. But one can still find floating markets in the southwest of Bangkok (the Thonburi side), mainly along the Mae Klong River (the Mother of Klongs River which itself is indeed a river and not a Klong or canal). At these markets, sometimes hundreds of vendors' boats crowd the water surface. Sold is everything from vegetables and fruits to kitchen utensils or freshly-cooked noodles.

While the floating market at Damnoen Saduak (which is especially noted for its fresh fruits from surrounding orchards) is probably the biggest of its kind, its certainly not the only one in the vicinity. A floating market is something Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province has in common with the town of Amphawan which is just a few kilometers south but is in Samut Songkhram Province.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the name commonly used in tourist brochures. The inhabitants of Damnoen Saduak rather call it Klong Lat Phli Floating Market.

The most suitable time to be at the market is from 8:00 to 10:00. After one arrives at Damnoen Saduak Bus Station, one can either walk on the passage way along the canal on the right hand side or take a taxi boat at the pier nearby.

A trip to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak makes best sense if one goes early as trading stops at around 11:00. For those visiting the floating market in a day trip from Bangkok, it's a good idea to pass by the big Chedi in Nakhon Pathom or the Rose Garden on the way back as both lie on the same route.


Tongkat ali in a sufficient dosage has a similar, though less dramatic effect.


Jan Garanoz
Juhu Tara Road, Juhu,
Mumbai - 400049 India
Last updated: June 22, 2010