Damnoen Floating Market Thailand

Monday, January 09, 2017

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Another highlight of my most recent trip to Thailand was a visit to the famous floating market. 


Access the main entry by boat






I was so hesitant to book based on the mixed reviews I read, pretty much everywhere (here, Viator, Google, etc). I'm so glad I did it anyway. This is one of those excursions you take for the experience. My primary goal was to eat, and that mission was more than accomplished. I had the best sticky rice EVER (twice) at Damnoen, and I've had my share of mango and sticky rice! I also had some really good shrimp pad Thai, really good coconut ice cream, Thai tea, ripe young coconut, you name it! 
Yummy Thai fried banana, I can make this at home, too!
Coconut ice cream



Food and goods for sale

I was not interested in shopping but I took the canoe boat for an extra 150 baht anyway, again for the experience. Since I had previously read reviews across several different platforms, I knew it would be "bumper boats" on water. Other than the long tail boats bullying their way through canals, I didn't feel unsafe nor annoyed. It was a great way to see the sights and shop, and I'd do it again. Though I had no intention to do anything but eat, I was able to haggle a Thai umbrella and a beautifully decorated bamboo hat for Bangkok prices. 





Yes, the prices are marked up, but the thrill is in the haggle! Our driver even told us to start negotiations at 50% of the price and I was successful both times.

All in all this trip is what you make it. Read the reviews, decide if it's for you and go from there.
The floating market is not some quiet, serene and peaceful place where you and your lover cruise along the waterway and take in the sights. Try Venice. This is a MARKET. I enjoyed it a lot and found the half-day tour with Tour East Asia to be sufficient. Recommended!

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    20 comments

    1. Love the last picture of you with the hat. We were recently in Bangkok and din't have enough time to do the floating market. I wasn't too fussed but looking at your pictures, l do wish we had made time for that. I love to haggle, it's in my DNA! :-)

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      1. Haha, yes. The thrill is in the haggle, especially if you sweet talk them!

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    2. I am truly loving reading about your experience and I'm glad that you are going for the FULL experience no matter what the reviews say! That fried banana...looks DELICIOUS!!!

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      1. Thanks, I do take heed to the reviews. Most times they're spot on. I made an informed decision and left with a happy belly :)

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    3. I want a hat so bad, it is super cute. I take the reviews with a grain of salt. It totally paid off for you. The food looks delicious.

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    4. You always have great photos! Looks like you had a great time and enjoyed some good food. Thanks for sharing!

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    5. I had no idea that there was such a market like this until I recently read another blogger's review. It really looks like a cool experience.

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      1. Yep, this is the larger, well known market but there are others.

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    6. What an opportunity! This on my list of things to do once I get there!

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      1. Read the reviews on TripAdvisor and Viator in advance so that you know what to expect! Enjoy!

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    7. You go girl! I love your travel exploits!

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    8. That hat is too cute! Looks like an interesting experience and that coconut ice cream! #Yummy

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    9. Great post, so you shop while in the boat? Do you pull up to the other one and buy stuff? I'm confused. Sounds like fun just wondering how it all works.

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      1. Yep! I was in the front of the boat. When I saw something I liked, I raised my hand and the paddler would pull over. The shop owners also have a little hook-stick thingie to reel the boat in and anchor it. Really cool. They're pros, lol.

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    10. I would love to visit Thailand! Your posts and pics entice me more and more. The floating market looks interesting. I love the coconut ice cream.

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      1. Thailand is my favorite country. Hopefully you can visit someday :)

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    11. You are so adventurous. I love it! I love your hat too. The Floating Market sounds interesting. I've never heard of anything like it.

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      1. My good camera died on me during the trip, pics don't do the hat any justice. It's gorg.

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    12. Yes! These pictures look like you have a wonderful cultural experience. The hats are so intricate and amazing.

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