Private Tour: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand

June 12, 2012 by

Asia, Day Trips, Things to Do

Bangkok floating market

Vendors at the floating market

Ever imagine what it’s like have your own private tour guide, car and driver as you explore a new destination? Well thanks to private tour options such luxury is available at a very reasonable price.

While visiting Bangkok last time I realized I had never spent much time in the countryside surrounding the mega-city, so I booked the Private Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak tour for a good overview of Thai village life. I honestly didn’t truly expect my own guide, even though the tour was listed as private. I’m suspicious I guess, but I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Luckily it never did and instead I had a very private and leisurely tour of the famous floating markets.

Bangkok floating market

Traffic in the floating market

It was hot as only Thailand can be, so I was thankful that the air conditioning was on full blast as I stepped into the sedan. It was my own private mobile icebox and a welcome relief. On the way to the markets, we stopped briefly at a coconut farm where they showed us all the various products made from this tropical fruit. It was touristy, but not in a horrible way and I even bought some candies for the trip to Damnoen Saduak.

To get to the floating markets a jet boat was necessary, and my guide and I raced through the community lining the canals until we got to the very busy floating market. It was still early in the day, so while there were tourists it wasn’t an absolute madhouse yet. I coordinated a boat ride through the floating market and sat back as boatloads of food and souvenirs paddled buy. Midway through I signaled to one of the boats and bought some fresh, very fresh, mangoes and just relaxed in the melee of floating hawkers.

Bangkok floating market

The floating market’s morning chaos

On the way back we stopped at a woodwork facility, but what interested me most was an unscheduled stop. We passed by large fields as people were raking in the salt crop for the year. I asked my driver to stop and chatted with the salt sellers, learning more about their work.

More than anything else that day proved to me that it’s possible to get closer to a culture even through touristy sites and comfortable sedans. In order to learn about a new culture these things don’t really matter, all that matters is that you want to learn.

Read more: Up the River Without a Paddle at the Bangkok Floating Markets

All photos courtesy of Matt Long.

 – Matt Long

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One Response to “Private Tour: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand”

  1. India tour Says:

    Great… we buy fruits in floating way.