Most travelers to the province of Ratchaburi would know of the world famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak. This is one of the must not miss tour programs for the province of Ratchaburi and is just a mere one hour drive from the city of Bangkok. Almost all travel agents will have this place on the tour and travel itinerary for Thailand where it involves visits to floating markets. The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the most authentic of all the old floating markets, still keeping very much to the original feel and boat waterways that feed the trade of the market. You can go crazy here in a manner of speaking with the wide variety of food, snacks, souvenirs, decorative and household items as well as everyday items which are on sale including some very exotic looking plants.
Plan a visit to the Damnoen Saduak floating market when you are in Ratchaburi and savor the authentic feel of the canal dwellers and their trade. One word of advice here, dress casual when you visit this place! There is no air-conditioning which is obvious and can get quite hot when it is packed with people. However, getting through all that will be a rather eye-opening experience for those who have never experienced a floating market. You will not go hungry here with the variety of food that you can buy directly off the canal boats and eat it right on the spot or even from the vendors who have set up stalls in the newer areas of the floating market. Goods are open to bargaining and there is almost no limit to the items you can buy here.
An interesting thing to observe is not just the color, smells, noise and variety of things for sale but the river boats themselves and the canal. These canals feed the interiors of the province and there are boat rides you can also take from the canal to explore the waterways. Some tour packages to Damnoen Saduak floating market include a tour of the canal waterways before you dock at the floating market. These boat rides will give you an insight into the lifestyle of the simple folk who trade at these floating markets as well as the types of houses the live in along the canals and a peek into their daily life. Seldom nowadays do you get to see much of this with the development and modernization of the country. So do check with your travel agents in Thailand or thaitourismguide.com for the best tour packages that include these boat rides. Along with the standard packages are also included tours to the River Kwai and the Bridge over the River Kwai in the province of Kanchanaburi and the famous Erawan Waterfalls where you can spend some time swimming in the cool waters of this pristine natural pool that is a refreshing change after all the heavy food, walking and sightseeing. Tis floating market in Ratchaburi is also listed as one of the top ten tourist destinations in Thailand, so make sure you do not miss out on it!