Prior to our trip, I asked my aunt about Thailand’s floating markets. She said it was not really something that would mesmerize us but we have to try it because it is one of Thailand’s tourist attractions. We only told Kon Hansa to take us to a floating market. He said he better take us to an authentic one. So we set out to Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi, a province 80 kilometers southwest of Bangkok.
Well, here we are! Damnoensaduak Floating Market.
Other foreigners really go to the place to buy all sorts of Thai goods. You can see hats, blouses, shirts, pants, and skirts. They also have all sorts of souvenirs that you are likely to find in other Thai markets. There is a wide variety of food. You will see fresh vegetables and fruits and also native snacks. They even sell all the spices you can ever imagine. I was really itching to buy some chili powder but everything there is really pricey. So, advice: just go there for the experience but do all the shopping in Bangkok. You’ll find everything there too.
That’s me, Elvi, Erica, and Kon Hansa.
I’m really grateful we didn’t skip the floating market. It’s a very unique experience especially observing how the Thai people deal with buyers in a traditional way. Unlike in Bangkok, you only do all the haggling. I would have to say, it was all the more a wonderful experience for us since the merchants were gossiping that we are so suay. What is it, you say? Maybe you can try to look it up. ;p