Escape from the bustling city streets and rewind back to authentic Thailand with a journey to the Damnoen Saduak floating markets in Ratchaburi. Known as one of the most recognisable and popular floating markets in the world, the Damnoen Saduak is an unmissable Thailand experience. These famous markets have been operating for over 100 years and provide a fascinating insight into Thai culture. Featuring hundreds of vendors and farmers floating in their small wooden rowing boats, you can buy delicious cuisine, souvenirs, and local produce as you float down the lovely canals.
The Damnoen Saduak canal is the straightest and longest canal in Thailand. Spanning over 32km, it was built under the order of King Rama IV who wanted to connect the Mae Klong River with the Chinese River as a means of transportation and trade. The canal took over 2 years to dig and was eventually complete under the reign of his successor, King Rama V. The canals were used mainly for transportation until 1967 when the development of roads replaced the canals. In 1971, the canals began to attract boat vendors and shops started appearing on the canal banks. Local farmers would sell their produce and trade wares directly from the boats, which is still the way of trading today.
Immerse yourself in the local culture and wander through the floating market either on foot, or by long tail boat. Experience the energy of Thailand's biggest floating market as you see local farmers battering and paddling through the chaotic canals. Exchange waves and laughter with the friendly vendors as you weave through traditional villages and shop til you drop.
The Damnoen Suduak floating market is open from 9:30am to 12:00pm and is free to enter. If you wish to ride on a paddle boat, a 30 minute ride is approximately 150 baht or $4 AUD. Please be aware that vendors along the floating market generally overprice their products, so battering is recommended. The Ratchaburi region is located approximately 100km from Bangkok and can be reached by car. The journey should take approximately 90 minutes. There are also buses available from Bangkok which depart regularly.