Maeklong Station + Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Just days before our trip, I saw this floating market deal on one of the deals websites only for $26 per pax. I saw the same floating market prices on those local travel agents website was alot higher, not sure whether those local want to chop tourists or its really a good deal. I think its the former reason though lol.
Anyway, always email the travel agent to confirm the dates before buying the deal! They were quite prompt in replying email too.
We were very psyched for this half day tour as we have not been to a floating market before!
Had to wake up super early as the pick up timing was 6.45am.
Our first stop is this Maeklong railway market. It is a 90 minutes ride from the heart of Bangkok. It took more than that as we were stuck in the morning jam. What is so special about this railway market? It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered around the railway tracks. Whenever a train approaches, the shoppers have to hop off the tracks and the vendors automatically move their stuff away from the rails and move back after the train has passed.
We were still early for the train so we went to explore this one of the freshest seafood markets which just opposite the station.
While we were waiting for the train, we started to wander around to see there is any food to eat. Then we saw this food stall selling noodles! Bf was very skeptical about eating it but wth, this is what an adventurous tourist should do right – Do what the locals do, GO where the locals go and now is the part where EAT what the locals eat!
Next up! To the floating market! Damnoen Saduak floating market is one of the famous and popular floating market in Bangkok. It is only a short ride from the Maeklong railway market. I feel the place is so tourists popular that it kind of loses the traditional feel of a floating market should have. Nonetheless, this is a major tourists destination in Bangkok.
Filled with boat vendors selling all sorts of stuff, namely fruits, drinks, vegetables, souvenirs and even cooked food. You might want to haggle the price for souvenirs a little as the first price they offered normally is tourist price.