Floating Market

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Today I had an early start to go and visit one of the iconic attractions in Thailand: a floating market. Damnoen Saduak is possibly the most famous (though, to be truthful, I'd never heard of it) and it’s about a two hour drive from Bangkok – hence the early start.

It’s both interesting and disappointing at the same time. It’s interesting to see how 'stalls’ are set up on the canals and how the ‘stallholders’ grab passing boats to force the passengers to view their goods. However, the disappointment lies in that once you’ve been there for five minutes, there’s not a lot else to do.

Although it is an actual market where locals go first thing in the morning to do their daily shopping, by about 9:00 – 9:30, it becomes a tourist trap for a captive audience as all the tourists go on organised trips. The trip included a quick look around the market in a long-tailed speedboat and then, for an extra sum, a tour in a paddle boat. I felt a little bit cheated by this as we were promised to be taken to parts of the market which couldn’t be reached on foot, however, the reality was that we were ferried up and down the high street (or high canal, if you will) a couple of times and that was it.

Nevertheless, as a one-time experience, it is worth going.
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