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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

On our recent trip to Bangkok we visited some floating markets about 1.5hrs out of the city.

In 1967, The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was first introduced to the world as a tourist attraction. It is a fun place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Every morning, hundreds of boats crowd the market area. Most of them are paddled by women with picturesque straw hats. You can find everything from vegetables and fruits to freshly-cooked noodle and souvenirs.  Day in and day out from about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods.  From this lady we bought beautiful chopped mango and bananas for a snack to keep us going.

It's crazy busy.  You really need to keep your fingers inside the boat or you will loose them!

I particularly like the little floating kitchens.  Wonderful aromas wafting by to match the stunning colours.

Traditional hats worn by the vendors.

The boat drivers are amazing to watch.  Very skilful.

Quiddy is not a big boat fan.  He was very reluctant at first but with some delicate parenting (fine Christopher, you can stay here in the car and we will see you later) he now says that this was one of the highlights of our trip.

As for this one, she sat up the front and just waved at everyone like the Queen.

Nick re charging with an iced coffee.

Check out the donk on this baby!

The poser!

We loved it!  Did not buy much as it is very touristy and expensive but the experience was great.  The kids especially like when out boat driver let it rip and we FLEW through the canals amid squeals of delight.  Will try and convert one of the movie files and post so you can see it all happening.  Not sure the still photos do it justice.  A lovely way to spend the morning.

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