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Actually Damnoun sadouk Floating Market is the original floating market in Thailand and itâ€™s the most popular one but I don't like much after it became touristic. It's not natural. I mean - local lifestyle is the same but there's something different. It's like they are making the movie. I don't feel the real feeling - everything is about money.
But this hundreds years old floating market is written in guide books. This place is recommended by the travel agent. This place is the one that everyone thinks of when you say "Floating Market".
If you go to one of travel agents in Bangkok and ask about Floating Market, they will set your one day trip to go to only Damnoun Sadouk in Ratchaburi Province.
To go to this Floating market you have to leave Bangkok very early because most of tour groups will be there around 9am.
When we arrived our driver stopped at the first pier at the entrance which is far from the market center - they're co-workers. You stop here means you have to hire the boat here which is more expensive than inside. So I told him to get inside and park near the center point then we walked along and hired a boat by ourselves.
We took the boat - I don't remember how much for each person (sorry) but the cost is different depends on the owners but you can negotiate. We took a tour for 1 hour. Everything is about money, really. Usually you can tell the rower to stop wherever you want. But my rower knows too much, he stopped at the shops he knew or (I think) his relativeâ€™s shops. Iâ€™d like to buy something but when I asked him to stop here he always said I think next one is better and told me later that itâ€™s his brotherâ€™s shop. Something like that.
What I love is just only food especially Boat Noodles. I have read some blogs that talked about this floating market (from other websites). Most of them said the same that Damnoun sadouk is an amazing place where you can have experiencing in eating noodles in the boat.
I'm sorry for those who already have been there that like it and don't feel the same as me but I went to many floating markets and this one was the fourth time now. Two times with my parents, one with friend, the last time with Ale. Even I went there for 4 times but I still can't tell myself or tell the world that I love Damnoun Sadouk Floating Market. When Ale asked me to go there I told him to go to Ampawa Floating Market instead but he said he wants to go to the original one. Ok original one original one.
I wanted to feel the fresh air-I wanted to look around because a place like this remind me of my grandma-grandpaâ€™s house. Their house is in the same atmosphere. Itâ€™s near the river. I could swim in the canal when I was a child. So I wanted to bring that feeling back again but no one allows me. The rower kept asking us to stop at the shops. And every shop took our boat to go near them to listen to them promote their stuff. Hmmm, so I should buy something right? I did buy finally but can say that I had to buy. I don't know why but I did and I don't like it at all. And to confirm that I am right - I found the same thing in Bangkok. It's 180 THB but I bought from there was about 350 THB (the first price was 550THB!) Wow! New!
One side of the canal is the pier that now owns by K.
Anyway enjoy Thailand!