Previously published on xoTheRunawayGirls, updated with a vlog!
In my opinion, this place isn’t really worth the trip. Maybe we did it wrong? I don’t know, but it wasn’t what I expected – Yes, here I go again with these damn expectations lol.
I’ve never been to a floating market before, but it really wasn’t anything other than touts on the side of the water selling their goods for inflated prices – why I expected anything different, I don’t know. We went hoping to be able to grab some food whilst floating but for some reason there wasn’t much more than coconuts and fruits being sold when we arrived.
We chose to DIY because we had heard how expensive it was to go with a tour and also how packed it would be by the time we arrived. A few days later a friend of ours from our hostel managed to book a tour for around the same price as we spent, so if you’re haggle skills are on point, that could still be an option!
If not, here’s my guide on how to get there without a booked tour:
Wake up EARLY! Aim to get to Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Thai) just before 6am when the first bus is due to depart.
Take bus No. 78 (Things change all the time so confirm that this is still the correct bus before proceeding).
You pay 64 Baht per person once on the bus. A lady in red will come and give you your ticket shortly after departing.
The journey takes around 2 hours, so catch up on some sleep!
When you arrive at the last stop (a kind of terminal / carpark area), ignore the people trying to con you into an expensive boat.
Walk out of the carpark, turn left and walk straight.
There’s a songthaew style ‘yellow bus’ that frequents this street that will take you down to the floating market, so flag one down if you see it.If not, just keep walking for around 10-15 minuets until you see an arched banner over the road saying “WELCOME TO DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET”
We kept walking straight until we found a stretch of canal that had loads of boats and food stalls on it. We got on a boat for 300 baht – the guy wasn’t willing to budge on this price and seemed to control all of the boats in this area.
We went around the market for 30mins, occasionally getting stuck in ‘traffic’ and being pulled over to a ‘stall’ that we didn’t have any interest in seeing but you didn’t feel super pressured to purchase anything.