Meggan and I decided to take a little day trip outside of Bangkok to see the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market. We saw that there were several tours that went out there, but we really wanted to avoid being on a tour. We found we could hire a taxi to get us out there for half the price. This is definitely the way to go, although we still managed to get scammed.
Be sure to have the taxi driver drop you off directly at the market and hire a boat from there for a couple of dollars. Our taxi guy told us that it was only possible to get to the market via longtail boat, so he dropped us off a tour operator which gives him kickbacks about 2 minutes from the market. We ended up paying for a canal tour to get to the market. As a result, our day ended up costing about the same as the tour we passed on.
We had to laugh at ourselves once we made it to the "remote and hard to find" floating market via our longtail boat to see a parking lot unloading a busload of tourists. No bones about it, this is a bit of a tourist trap.
Even with busloads of other tourists floating around the floating market is a really great place to photograph. There is plenty of great colors, faces, food and boats to look at through a lens.
It's also really fun to eat here. We had great Thai food served to us on plates and bowls boat-side from women floating by.
I won't go too into detail on the food here (the food post is next), but we went big. Noodle bowl, green curry, mango sticky rice, numerous fruits we'd never find in Denver and more, all from the comfort of our boat.
We would definitely recommend the trip out to the floating market. It's about an hour and half out of Bangkok. And if you're up early enough, you'll get back in time to see more (or in our case, eat more) in Bangkok.
- In 2008 we (Meggan and Beau) set out to see the world and start a business. Since then we have visited 48 countries and we’re just getting started. Travel and design go hand in hand. Whether we’re on the other side of the planet, or down the street we always find things to inspire us.