Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life. An early morning start is worth it to avoid the heat and catch Damnoen Saduak at its liveliest. The market is over an hour outside Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour.
Once there stepping off the boat, you find yourself amongst the busy stalls selling a variety of products small toy elephants, tiger balm and the compulsory ‘I was here’ T-shirts. It’s not surprising to find this at the most famous floating market in Thailand and it can feel a little commercialised but you you will also find the food-sellers, who not only look more photogenic, but also have some far tastier goods. Damnoen Saduak attracts many fruit sellers rowing their boats along the narrow canals, offering plenty of tasty food to try from freshly-made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich meaty broth.