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. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Damnoen Saduak
Floating Market
in Ratchaburi is one of the
most famous tourist
attractions in Thailand.
Damnoen Saduak
Floating Market
is also
well-known as Khlong Ton
Floating Market.

Around 1866, King Rama IV commanded to dig Khlong Damnoen Saduak with a distance of more than 32 kilometers, connecting the Mae Klong River at Bang Nok Khwaek to the Tha Chin River at Pratunam Bang Yang.

There are several small canals, so people in Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, and Samut Sakhon can commute to visit each other conveniently by boat.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was first known as a tourist attraction in 1967 with a picture of the floating market crowded with small rowing boats which contained necessary products for living. We could see tradesmen, who dressed in dark-coloured clothes with a hat made of palm leaves like farmers, rowing boats to sell and exchange products in the period when the waterway was the main transportation route.
Nowadays tourists mingle with the market folk. Besides local products sold from the boats a variety of shops have opened along the riverside under shady roofs selling souvenirs, clothes and offering Thai massage and coffee corners.
Tourists can be part of all the action either walking along the canal buying products like noodles, Chinese Buns, Sticky Rice with Mango, drinking coconuts, fruits of the season and souvenirs like hats and bags, or do the same sitting in a boat floating along.
Drinking coconuts
Seasonal fruits
Cream pancakes - Nii
Despite being one of the top tourist attractions in Thailand, the floating market has a good and friendly, relaxed atmosphere which is worth visiting for several hours.

Except for the snake charmers nobody will ask you for money for taking pictures.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market opens every day around 8 o'clock in the morning and is busy until lunch time.

For boat trips two options are offered, paddle boats and motor boats
You can rent a private paddle boat for 400 Baht per hour or join a group for 50 Baht per person per hour. 
Motor boats are 500 Baht per boat or 100 Baht/person.

The boat trips include an optional visit to the coconut sugar factory nearby. There you may get an interesting demonstration of the production process. You can even taste the coconut sugar and purchase this unique sugar to take home with you.


There are several other floating markets in the area. Most of them are very small.
At Eat Prasatsit Floating Market traditional ways of life can still be seen. It opens early in the morning until 8.00 am.

Under the telephone number of the Tourism Public Relations Center of Amphoe Damnoen Saduak at Tel. 032-241023 a friendly lady gives you all sorts of information, invites you to her counter near the floating market, and is ready to sell you tours to anywhere in the area.

Jay Muay

Floating  Market

Damnoen  Saduak
Luxury Accommodation
4 rooms
Tel.: 081-8668927
Baan Phor (บ้าน พ บางคนที) (DamnoenSaduak)

Luxurious house with 4 rooms.

36 Moo 2, Bangkontee Nai, Samut Songkhram 75120
Tel.: 081-8668927

Baan Sukchoke Country Resort - Accommodation
35 rooms  from 300 to 450 Baht
Tel.: 032-254301 or 032-345798
Baan Sukchoke Country Resort (บ้านสุขโชค คันทรี่ รีสอร์ท) (DamnoenSaduak)
Rates: 300 to 450 Baht

The Baan Sukchoke Country Resort is 5 km away from the Floating Market which can be reached by boat. It is located about 2 km from the center of Damnoen Saduak and can be reached by Tuk Tuk or motorbike taxi.
This is a very beautiful resort. The houses are built in the water and above the water. They have two floors so that families can occupy the lower and upper floor together. Some rooms are small, others very spacious. Family rooms cost 1500 Baht, triple rooms 1000 Baht, fan rooms 300 Baht, aircon rooms 450 Baht.
The restaurant is open from 8 am to 10 pm. The restaurant doubles as an antique museum.
Another tel. 032-254982.

103 Moo 5, Thanud, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi 70130
Tel.: 032-254301 or 032-345798 - Fax.: 032-254301

20 rooms  from 220 to 350 Baht
Tel.: 032-254382 or 032-251382
Little Bird Hotel (โรงแรม นกน้อย) (DamnoenSaduak)
Rates: 220 to 350 Baht

Sehr schäbiges Hotel, das nur für den Notfall geeignet ist. Ruhige Sackgasse, im Erdgeschoss Vorhanghotel. Kein Restaurant.

Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi 70130
Tel.: 032-254382 or 032-251382

41 rooms  from 2,800 to 3,800 Baht
Tel.: 084-16259864 or 032-245120-1
Maikaew Damnoen Resort (ไม้แก้วดำเนิน รีสอร์ท) (DamnoenSaduak)
Rates: 2,800 to 3,800 Baht

11 individual villas for one or two persons and a hotel building with 30 rooms, equipped with all modern amenities. Near the Floating Market.

333 Moo 9, The Floating Market Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi
Tel.: 084-16259864 or 032-245120-1

 from 600 to 800 Baht
Tel.: 032-346563
Memory Hotel (Ruan Thai Resort (เรือนไทย รีสอร์ท)) (DamnoenSaduak)
Rates: 600 to 800 Baht

The Memory Hotel which in Thai is called Ruan Thai Resort, is situated at the main road to the left of the Floating Market. It is new and very clean and offers total luxury for an incredibly low price. The rooms with jacuzzi are just 200 Baht more "expensive". Exceptionally good value for money.
Maybe the prices will increase drastically within a few months.

248/1 Soi Udom Panich, Damnoen Saduak-Samut Songkhram Road, Ratchaburi 70130
Tel.: 032-346563

 from 300 to 600 Baht
Tel.: 032-255128-9 or 081-8660645
Pueng Luang Hotel (โรงแรม ผึ้งหลวง) (DamnoenSaduak)
Rates: 300 to 600 Baht

Sleazy hotel with fan and aircon rooms in a big wooden house. No charme. Karaoke across the street which is the reason for the bad image of the hotel.

186/3 Moo 8, Sri Surat, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi 70130
Tel.: 032-255128-9 or 081-8660645 - Fax.: 032-255129

Tel.: 089-1031033
Not Rated
Riverside Resort (ริเวอร์ไซด์ รีสอร์ท) (DamnoenSaduak)

Bang Konthi, Ratchaburi
Tel.: 089-1031033

 from 600 to 800 Baht
Tel.: 086-8001254
Tel.: 032-345856
Not Rated
Eating and Drinking
Tel.: 032-254226
Not Rated
Noodle Shop
Tel.: 032-254105
Not Rated
Noodle Shop
Not Rated
Coffee House
Enjoy Cafe - Restaurants
Enjoy Cafe (เอ็นจอย คาเฟ่) (DamnoenSaduak)

Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi

Coffee House
Gossip Cafe - Restaurants
Ice Cream Shop
Gusto Ice Cream and Book - Restaurants
Tel.: 032-241078
Gusto Ice Cream and Book (ร้านไอศครีมและหนังสือ กัสโต้) (DamnoenSaduak)

A sweet nice place to relax with aircon. The cozy place has homemade Ice Cream, minced ice with add-ons for dessert (often called ABC) and fresh coffee. Unique is the huge selection of comic books in Thai language.
Nearby is the Thai Fast Food Restaurant Rung Fah, open 7 am to 3 pm.

277/11 Mu 8, Bang Phae - Damnoen Saduak Road, Tha Nat, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi 70130
Tel.: 032-241078

Tel.: 032-254480
Not Rated
Coffee House
Oh Damnoen Cafe - Restaurants
Tel.: 032-246076
Not Rated
Coffee House
Panpook Cafe - Restaurants
Panpook Cafe (พันผูก คาเฟ่) (DamnoenSaduak)

The Panpook Cafe is not located on the water, but in the shopping area to the east of the canal.
There is a blackboard in the background describing how the 5 most popular coffee preparations of the Thais are brewed in Panpook Cafe:
1. Espresso: Pure rich coffee that is ground shortly before brewing to keep it fresh
2. Caffe Mocha: Dark chocolate with a shot of espresso, mixed with steamed milk, and cocoa powder
3. Caffe Latte: One short of espresso with steamed milk that reaches almost to the top of the cup
4. Capuccino: A short of espresso, topped with creamed and hot milk, foamy milk
5. Americano: One shot of espresso and mixed with a cup of hot water
In addition Panpook Cafe offers cocoa and various types of tea, namely Green Tea, White Tea, Rose Tea, Saffron Tea, Lemon Tea, Aulong Tea and Dired Roselle.

Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi

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