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Thailand’s floating markets

May 7, 2015

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One of the most interesting places we visited while in Bangkok was the Damnoen Saduak floating markets. Contrary to what I thought before I arrived, they are not located in or near Bangkok, but are at least an hour and a half away [depending on traffic]. So, with no other reasonable ways to get there, we hired a taxi to take us there, as well as to some other places on the way back. It cost a bit more than we wanted to pay [around 60 each if I remember right] but it was the best option [the less-than-desirable-looking city bus would have taken us much longer to get there and with the heat, having an air conditioned car was a much better option.] Thankfully I had read a blog the day before that told of what to expect when we arrived, and due to that knowledge, we were able to bypass the expensive water taxis that they try to rope you into and instead of paying $60.00 each for a ride, we paid $3.00 each for a non-motorized ride which was much better for taking pictures.

*When you arrive by taxi or tour, tell your driver that you don’t want to take the motorized water taxi and instead you want to walk the canals. Hopefully then he will drive you to the starting point and not make you walk. That’s what we did, fully intending to just walk around the canals, and when we showed up we discovered that you can hire a boat yourself for $3.00. [the blog hadn’t mentioned the fact that you can actually get a boat yourself when you get there, so that was a pleasant surprise! Now I’m telling you =)]

It was so fun to slowly float along and look at all the merchandise for sale, take pictures, and enjoy the fruit and juice we bought along the way. You can’t look too interested in something though, or the shop owner will use a  long metal hook to pull your boat over to his stand so you can have a better look and buy something. I ended up buying a skirt I didn’t want, due to that.

At the end of our ride we stopped for some [delicious] Pad Thai and then hopped back in the taxi to continue our adventures. =)

I did my best not to overwhelm you with pictures below, but the place was so fascinating and so colorful it was hard to choose just a few to post. 

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Little bit of a traffic jam here

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Navigating through the crowds

 

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Needless to say, when this thing popped up in the water right next to me, it scared me half to death!

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If you are a vegetarian you can always order “not meat” =)

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mmmmmmm

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2015 12:25 pm

    Lovely pictures! A very very nice market in Thailand; enjoyed it too!

  2. May 11, 2015 9:54 am

    We’ve thought about visiting the Floating Markets on our upcoming trip to Thailand, but I’m worried that I’ll get major anxiety with the crowd and so many people… Your pictures are awesome though! 🙂

    • May 11, 2015 11:11 pm

      Actually, the floating markets were less crowded than other places we visited in Thailand. If you are going to be there, you should try and go!

  3. June 9, 2015 8:29 pm

    Wowa… These pics are so cool. Someday I want to see Asia.

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