enter
ThailandBangkok

Visit a floating market in Bangkok

14
likes
#4of 43 things to do
in Bangkok

Visit a floating market

Place: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand

You still haven’t heard of floating markets? Then imagine a canal swarming with long boats serving as shops, with locals on board selling all kinds of exotic produce!

The floating markets of Thailand, of which Damnoen Saduak is the most popular, are the real oases of the past days. Of all places, this one gives you the best idea of how Thai people used to live in the distant past. Gaudy, rickety, boisterous, colorful, spicy – these are just a few adjectives describing the atmosphere there. The Thai vendors are fishing for customers by luring them in with fragrant pineapples and melons, juicy dragon fruits and jackfruits, ripe bananas and totally exotic lychee fruits, papayas, pomelos, mangosteens and durians.

Meals are cooked over an open fire, right on board of the boats. Here you can also buy hand-made souvenirs, spices, roots, fragrances and scented oils. Remember that negotiating is not only acceptable, but also crucial in Thailand: the most die-hard bargain seekers can knock the price down by more than a half!

The market is a one-hour ride from Bangkok. You can either drive here, or use a public bus (departures daily from 06:00, at every 40 minutes from the Southern Bus Terminal; one-way tickets cost 50 baht), or with a guided tour.

Open hours: trading begin at 07:00 and at 12:00 all the boats are leaving begin

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on the map

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market#6 of 56 places to visit in Bangkok

It is the most flamboyant place in Thailand – it features tens of boats all over the canal, where merchants cook meals over an open fire and sell exotic produce.

#markets#sightsBangkok

Reviews

Guest28 March 2017

More things to do in Bangkok

Get on the top of the Temple of the Golden Mount in Bangkok
Eugene Krasowski Get on the top of the Temple of the Golden Mount#12 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Follow the winding path on the huge Golden Mount to admire the beautiful view of the old city.

How much: free#strolling#viewsWat Saket
See a Khon Theater Performance in Bangkok
Eugene Krasowski See a Khon Theater Performance#18 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

The actors’ ravishing costumes and rich setting will get you involved.

How much: from 40 baht#theatres#authentic#cultural#shows National Theater of Thailand
Throw snowballs in Bangkok
oddviser Throw snowballs#7 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Enjoy winter fun at the height of the hot tropical summer! Come to throw snowballs and go sleighing.

How much: from 800 baht#active#attractions#kids#fun Amusement park Dream World
Make a wish at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
oddviser Make a wish at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha#22 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

There is a special ritual of making wishes in one of Bangkok’s most ancient temples.

How much: from 100 baht#temples#authentic#mystic Wat Pho
Diving with grey nurse sharks in Bangkok
Kateryna Plakhotna Diving with grey nurse sharks#24 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Try the adventure for the brave — the Bangkok’s aquarium offers a unique opportunity for diving with grey nurse sharks.

How much: from 3700 baht#sharks#diving#active#animals Siam Ocean World Aquarium
10 10%Relax in a float chamber in Bangkok
Anna Grishina Relax in a float chamber#14 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Here you can relax completely and shed your stress in a special water float chamber, in a state of zero gravity.

How much: from 1950 baht#relax#health Theta State Float Center
Feed a giraffe in Bangkok
oddviser Feed a giraffe#1 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

In Dusit Zoo you can see, pet and even feed a giraffe with carrots and bananas.

How much: from 100 baht#giraffes#animals#aww Dusit Zoo
Drink a cocktail on the roof of a skyscraper in Bangkok
Melissa Clark Drink a cocktail on the roof of a skyscraper#20 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Do not deny yourself the pleasure of visiting one of the highest bars in the world.

How much: from 300 baht#skyscrapers#cocktails#viewsSky Bar
Try Tom Kha soup in Bangkok
oddviser Try Tom Kha soup#30 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

This dish is one of the most popular dainties of the Thai cuisine – an unusual soup with coconut milk, chicken, seafood and sometimes even mushrooms.

How much: from 100 baht#cuisine#foodBangkok
Visit a robot restaurant in Bangkok
Anna Grishina Visit a robot restaurant#6 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Have a dinner in an unusual setting — here you will be waited on by real Japanese samurai robots.

How much: from 350 baht#robots#unusualHajime Robot Restaurant
Climb the Ghost Tower in Bangkok
Ай Хантер Climb the Ghost Tower#26 of 43 things to do in Bangkok

Rumor has it that this abandoned skyscraper is haunted. Have a close look at what is hiding inside the dilapidated walls of the huge building.

How much: free#unusual#active#free#extreme The abandoned Sathorn Unique Tower
GuestShare an idea!

Have an adventure or entertainment idea that we don't have yet? Share your idea with other adventure-seekers!

#karma