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.
Most visitors who come to Thailand want to visit a floating market and many of them will end up here. Don’t let that put you off though, as it’s an enjoyable morning out of the city and if you avoid the tourist shops you can get a real sense of the place. The market is over an hour’s transfer out of Bangkok, and the easiest way to get there is to join a tour.
Unlike most of the other floating markets, the popularity of Damnoen Saduak attracts many fruit sellers rowing their boats along the narrow canals, meaning that you’re guaranteed great pictures. There’s plenty of tasty food to try along the docks, from freshly-made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich, meaty broth.
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular market for a good reason; it guarantees the floating market experience, even if it doesn’t always feel totally authentic.