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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi Province, Thailand ~ A Tourist's Delight

Updated on June 21, 2013
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market | Source

Trivia about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  • Long ago, Damnoen Saduak was a canal developed by King Rama IV in order to promote transportation and fuel the productive capacity of the economy in Thailand, formerly known as Siam.
  • Adopted as a dwelling by the Thai people.
  • Enables farmers to cultivate fruits and vegetables.
  • Serves as a means of transportation via several small canals.

About Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Thailand (''Land of the Free'') is famous not only for its magnificent temples, beautiful palaces, luscious orchids, therapeutic spas and exotic cuisine but also for its unique floating markets. Its floating markets are a part of the success of tourism in Thailand. Among the numerous floating markets, Damnoen Saduak stood out for its large size and uncountable number of shops dealing with a variety of objects and produce. It is also a busy place noticeable for its energetic market scene. What made it a desirable destination is the new experience of shopping from a boat which is refreshingly different from shopping on the land as well as offering many visual treats for the tourists.

Tourist Information about Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Best time to visit this place at the height of its vigorous activity: 8 am to 12 pm (Only on weekdays)

Means of transportation for reaching this place: Cars or buses (It depends on your choice and convenience)

Boat-trip rates for each person: 800 Baht (The boat-trip in Damnoen Saduak Floating Market lasts for nearly 3 hours) Children rates are relevant for children aged 2 to 11 years of age.

The best months to visit this place are January and February when there are no rains.

Plans about visiting Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

In the last week of January 2013, I and my parents visited Bangkok, the fascinating capital of Thailand, famed for its enchanting places of interest. We had visited a dozen places including the glorious Grand Palace, a sprawling mall named Siam Paragon and above all, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. We have heard of or seen floating markets either in books or on television. In the beginning of our vacation, I suggested to my parents that we should visit one floating market. My parents agreed to my plan. The hotel in which we were staying kindly arranged for our trip to Ratchaburi Province which is about 100 kilometres away from Bangkok. On one fine day, we set out for what turned out to be a riveting adventure for all three of us!

A tourist boat
A tourist boat | Source
The rippling waters and a blanket of natural greenery
The rippling waters and a blanket of natural greenery | Source

Off to a wonderful start!

It took us nearly two hours to reach Ratchaburi Province. We were greeted by a pair of Thai tourist guides. They offered us the options of visiting other places besides Damnoen Saduak such as the elephant zoo and the rose garden. We preferred to go to Damnoen Saduak only and got three tickets.

A long boat approached us. It was quite shady and comfortable inside the boat. We managed to seat ourselves in the boat. Thus our brief journey started. What we first saw were the rippling waters and a blanket of natural greenery around us. Unfortunately, they were not clean but after all, we had a tryst with the rustic charm of rural Thailand.

A house by the riverside.
A house by the riverside. | Source
A holy shrine and potted plants
A holy shrine and potted plants | Source
Can you spot a dog in this photograph?
Can you spot a dog in this photograph? | Source
A Thai woman was seen washing the household utensils.
A Thai woman was seen washing the household utensils. | Source

Next what we observed........

We spotted a group of quaint houses - both village and modern types. When you pass by cute village houses, you can see their gardens, hanging potted plants and front porches. You would be surprised to see clothes hanging in their mini-balconies; household items and other belongings laying all over the houses!

The modern houses were attractive and mostly located by the riverside. Some houses stood in the river with the help of sturdy wooden beams. Some houses were constructed on the grassy ground.

A small holy shrine was present in almost every residence which indicated that these people are religious.

Dogs were another common sight in these houses - two probable reasons could be that the villagers are fond of pets or need them to guard their houses.

Just as cars or bikes are parked outside the residential houses on the land, boats were parked within the outside space of the river houses.

Thai people were warm and friendly. Most of them smiled or waved at us and we reciprocated. Their routine activities were very much visible which was indeed interesting to watch. You could see one bathing; other one washing the household utensils; another one tending to his pet dogs and so on.

These people seemed unperturbed by the presence of tourists who were passing by. I assure you that it is amazing to get a glimpse into the lives of Thai villagers.

This shop was selling a number of different objects.
This shop was selling a number of different objects. | Source
In this photograph, a shopkeeper was seen busily involved in her shop.
In this photograph, a shopkeeper was seen busily involved in her shop. | Source
A minor kitchen in the boat
A minor kitchen in the boat | Source

A vast array of markets

The highlight of this boat-trip was visiting a conglomeration of markets that were dispersed in different corners of the river. If you happen to visit this spot, you definitely would be overwhelmed by a distinct number of markets selling an assortment of objects. One shop was dealing with handicrafts and paintings. Another shop engaged in the sale of handbags and purses. One more shop peddled jewelry accessories. The most common objects displayed in these shops were attractive figurines, Thailand-themed souvenirs and hanging lamps.

Fresh fruits and natural produce were readily available in rowing boats. Dishes such as noodles, fried non-vegetarian foods and other assorted snacks came in handy for both the tourists and the shopkeepers. The minor kitchens in the boats comprised of woks and stoves. Even non-floating restaurants were accessible and some tourists were seen relishing the food in the boats set close to the restaurants. The list of objects sold in such markets is endless and whenever you visit this place, you can make your own choices in whatever you want to purchase from there.

My Thai hanging lamp
My Thai hanging lamp | Source
Three cute green elephants for my relatives
Three cute green elephants for my relatives | Source
My mother bought fresh fruits from one of the rowing fruit shops.
My mother bought fresh fruits from one of the rowing fruit shops. | Source
A non-boat market
A non-boat market | Source

Our shopping experience

We went from one market to another and viewed the objects being exhibited there. Whenever anything caught our eye, we requested the boatman to reach a particular shop for the desired object. We took our own sweet time, browsing through the displayed objects and bargaining the prices.

I and my parents purchased a few pretty objects including a small hanging lamp, fresh fruits and three miniature green elephants for our relatives. I was attracted by a row of colorful hanging lamps and I thought of decorating my home with one of them. I chose one fine red and silver hanging lamp. Then we decided to buy keepsakes for our relatives and in another shop we selected three intricately carved elephants. Note that an elephant is the national animal of Thailand. My mother felt that what is the use of visiting the floating market without buying any natural foods and bought bananas and mangoes. The shopkeepers were quite friendly but often demanded high prices for the objects. My mother tactfully requested the reduction of prices and after some time of bargaining, the shopkeepers finally agreed.

We also stopped by a non-boat shop that displayed handmade crafts made of natural produce such as coconut shell and bamboo. This shop also sold coconut-based snacks. We had coconut water and coconut-raw sugar snack-bites.

The whole shopping experience had been memorable.

My father kept the camera inside his bag as the boat was at its high speed and hence he was not able to take a photo of the crocodiles. What we saw looked similar to a crocodile in this photograph (Thailand) except that they were smaller and darker
My father kept the camera inside his bag as the boat was at its high speed and hence he was not able to take a photo of the crocodiles. What we saw looked similar to a crocodile in this photograph (Thailand) except that they were smaller and darker | Source

What is lurking near? Two is too much!

We continued on our boat-trip and viewed the natural scenery around us till I saw something swimming at some distance from the boat. I called out to my mother and pointed to this creature. Only it's bobbing head was partially visible to us and we mistook it to be a huge python. We were filled with fear. When it reached the grassy shore and climbed onto it, we realised that it was a small crocodile. Sooner than we expected, we saw another small crocodile crawling on the grassy ground. I and my parents exclaimed with shock. The boatman assured us, using his hand-actions that they were harmless and do not bite or eat people. We were relieved. Long after the boat-trip ended, the sight of the scaly creatures often played in our minds and we even told our relatives who got stunned!

A beautiful temple of Gautama Buddha
A beautiful temple of Gautama Buddha | Source

The temple of Gautama Buddha

The boatman took us to a beautiful temple which is located along the shore. It was silent and lonely. We headed towards the temple which was resplendent by its architectural splendour.

After offering our prayers to Gautama Buddha, the boatman told us to feed the fish which swam in the part of the river close to the temple. We bought a few packets of fish food-pods and threw them into the river where a shoal of fish were swimming about. The fish rushed to grab tiny morsels, thus splashing and spattering about, which was really amusing to watch.

A shoal of fish rushed to grab the morsels, thus making a loud splashing noise.
A shoal of fish rushed to grab the morsels, thus making a loud splashing noise. | Source

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A dramatic departure

After feeding the fish, we set out on our return journey. We enjoyed a cool breeze and saw many more cozy houses, floating markets and smiling villagers. It was like a déjà vu. At last, we reached the return point, my dad tipped the kindly boatman handsomely. The boatman was overwhelmed and saluted us gratefully. We were satisfied with our exhilarating boat-trip. Not only we have photographs to show to our friends and relatives but also have a lot to tell about this wonderful adventure just as I already related in this hub!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Great hub and so interesting. We often talk about going to Thailand..Sounds lovely. I love the photos and great descriptions. Voting up and pinning.

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    Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

    Beautiful Ish and sounded like a wonderful trip was had. Thanks so very much for sharing with us and have of course voted up and shared all over, too!!

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    deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Well i had visited Bangkok last year during October but missed this wonderful place. Now I am repenting for sure. Hope to visit this wonderful country yet again in near future and this time i will sure make it a point to visit the floating market. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub and I am sharing it too. Voted up interesting.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Such a wonderful adventure. Thank you for taking us along on this trip. I am jealous and would love to see this one day.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ carol7777: Hi! Thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. This place was indeed wonderful. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Janine Huldie: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. I & my parents had a wonderful time. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ dghbrh: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Please do visit this wonderful place in the near future and you definitely have an amazing time. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Awesome! Thank you for taking me back in time...been there couple of times and love the floating market and the entire shopping experience. Lots of adventure. Love the food and the people.You missed the snake farm! Lol!

    Good job Ish!

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    I had not heard of this place until now..ishwaryaa.

    Beautiful pix and such a delight reading. Relief to hear about the crocodiles...phew!

    Voted up as useful, interesting

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ billybuc: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful place. This place was indeed amazing. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Cri Sp: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Nice to know that you too visited the floating market and had an amazing time like I did. Snake farm - he ha. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Ruchira: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. I had a wonderful time. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi ishwaryaa,

    What a gorgeous snapshot of this wonderful part of Thailand. I love these water markets so popular in this part of the world. Vietnam is another place with them. Your trip looks and sounds amazing and lovely to do with your parents. I think I would have freaked if I had seen a croc so close by! Great storytelling and tips you brought to this , voted +++++, shared and pinned for more to see!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    What a beautiful trip you enjoyed! I loved browing the photos and reading your well-written commentary. I think the hanging lamps sound lovely, too, and I'm glad your mother was able to bargain the price of the fruit. If you're a tourist, vendors usually try to raise the price! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Suzie HQ: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Yes, you are right - Vietnam and some other south-east Asian countries have floating markets. Have you visited a floating market before? If yes, then wow! I & my parents enjoyed our boat-trip a lot. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ vespawoolf: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging insights. I & my parents had an amazing time. You are right about high prices charged by the vendors. Hope you visit this place someday & enjoy like I did & also buy a pretty hanging lamp for yourself. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    Hi ishwaryaa,

    What an awesome adventure you had! I have not been to Thailand yet but it´s on my "to visit" list. I would love to visit a floating market in Thailand and see many other beautiful scenery like the Temples. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared;-)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Thelma Alberts: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. I am very sure that you enjoy this trip like I & my parents did. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    I remember being at the floating market, Ish. The sight was incredible! Thanks for sharing this comprehensive hub!

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    I have read so much about Thailand. It must be a most beautiful place. I enjoyed reading about this floating market very much.

    Thanks for the nice tour. Voted UP, and shared.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    I literally visited the floating market, your description of the entire trip is so fascinating and total. Beautiful photographs. I'd certainly like to visit this market. You certainly had a great time.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful details and the photos.

    Voted up and interesting. Shared and pinned.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing about your experience at the floating market. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ mary615: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you visit this wonderful place someday & enjoy like I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. You & your family definitely enjoy like I & my parents did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Ish,

    Thanks for publishing this beautiful, informative article. Please tell your father how much I enjoyed seeing the photographs which accompanied your Hub.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Daisy Mariposa: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. My father is a photography enthusiast and like to take many photos during several vacations with family. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Shruti Nagar 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

    Great info! Thailand travel is on my wishlist :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ shrutiwrites: Thank you for the read & encouraging comments as well as sharing your enthusiasm to visit Thailand. Happy Hubbing!

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow! That looks like a wonderful place to shop and vacation. I may have to add this to my bucket list. Excellent!

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    I am adding this to my wish list. I loved your tour and the photo journey. I didn't realize the water was such a presence in the area. It is remarkable at how the markets function with this as a street. Thanks for the education.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tammyswallow: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful place. Please let me know after you visited this amazing place. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ teaches1234: Hi, thank you for the visit and encouraging comments. This was indeed a wonderful place. Please let me know after you visited this place. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    a floating market and everything. must be hard to work like this? i love your journey Ish and thanks for sharing this..all my votes :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ unknown spy: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. I had a wonderful time. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    So very nice that you got to experience visiting the floating market in Thailand with your parents. Thanks for taking us along on a virtual tour with you. I enjoyed your descriptions and photos. UUI votes and will share. Always nice learning about other parts of the world!

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    Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

    This is very interesting, I had never heard of the market before. Sounds like you had a great trip.

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    lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

    What a wonderful tour of the floating market. I almost felt I was there with you! I would love to visit Thailand some day. Apparently it is also a nice, inexpensive place to live. Thanks for sharing your experiences and photographs. Great Hub! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. :)

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    What a beautiful trip, I would love to visit, your purchases were just the thing that I would have bought, the jade Elephants are something that I would love, amazing sights, voted up and shared! nell

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    What an amazing adventure for you and your parents! The photos were beautiful. I'm glad you all made these special memories together. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Peggy W: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. I & my parents had an amazing time. Hope you visit this place one day. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Melovy: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Yes, I had an amazing trip. Hope you visit this place one day and please let me know. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ lindacee: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & encouraging comments but also sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful floating market. Hope you enjoy like I did. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Nell Rose: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you visit this place someday & purchase pretty things available there. These elephants are not made of jade. Actually, they are made of green stone and they were priced not so high at all. If they are made of jade, then their prices would be very high. Once again, thank you for sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sunshine625: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you visit this amazing place someday & please let me know. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

    Wonderful pictures and descriptions. Sounds a lovely place. It is very satisfying to note that the river water does not have any debris thrown into it unlike in India.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ thumbi7: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. The waters were really not clean but still we had a good trip. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This is such an interesting hub! I enjoyed the tour very much. I would love to visit the market with my camera and take lots of photos. Thailand sounds like a very interesting place.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    Thailand's floating market is magnificent. I loved your father's pictures as well as yours.

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    Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

    You took me through a virtual tour to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. I've read about it in magazines only, but your pictures and presentation made them come alive. Voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting. SHARING across.

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    Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

    A fascinating factor of Thailand, interesting to tourists, is described here. In India, floating market is seen in one place-Sreenagar in Kashmir.There, moving on the Dal lake in boat, you can come across many boathouses where , condiments and Kashmiri shalls are sold. they speak nicely and in a friendly manner. But don't forget to bargain.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ AliciaC: Thank you not only for the read & encouraging comments but also sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy Hubbing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Vinaya Ghimire: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & engaging comments but also sharing about your visit to this wonderful place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ radhikasree: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Hope you visit this place someday & enjoy like I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ prasadjain: Thank you for the read & encouraging comment. I have heard of floating markets in Kashmir and would like to visit this beautiful lake someday. Once again, thank you. Happy Hubbing!

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I have always wished I could visit Thailand. It seems to be a very beautiful and friendly place. I would love to float the canal, see the floating markets and get a peek at the real life of the Thai people. This is a very beautiful and interesting hub! Voting up, beautiful, interesting and sharing. Have a beautiful day! :)

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ sgbrown: Hi, thank you not only for the visit & engaging comments but also sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful place. Please let me know after you visited this place. I really had an amazing time. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    such a great hub that you have here

    you really did take me on a journey and helped me to want

    to travel more in the future

    Voted up

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ torrilynn: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy hubbing! Take care

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I hope to visit Thailand some day and will check this market out. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ alocsin: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

    I doubt that I will ever visit Thailand, nevertheless this is an interesting and informative hub. Love the photos. Voted up, beautiful, useful and shared.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Sharing the sights of Thailand again!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Sherry Hewins: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Thailand was really wonderful & this floating market was indeed amazing. Hope you visit this place someday & enjoy like I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @midget38: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

    Thailand is on my short list of places to visit. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing your story and photos.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ DeborahNeyens: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    My son-in-law visited Thailand and loved it! Reading this and looking at your pictures it is no wonder. Floating markets are new to me but sound intriguing.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ tillsontitan: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Nice to know that your son-in-law had an enjoyable trip to Thailand. Hope you visit this amazing place someday & enjoy. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in my new home. I moved there about 10 years ago (guess it isn't that new now lol). If you are interested, I have a couple of hubs on Thailand too.

    For me, it is the friendliness of the people, combined with the amazing natural wildlife (as you experienced!! lol).

    As a tip, anyone going to the markets should barter! (argue the price in a fun way). As you can often get as much as 50% off and it is a normal custom in Thailand ... the first price is rarely the one you pay lol.

    Shared, pinned, tweeted, up, awesome and interesting.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Brett Tesol: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. I agree with you about the interesting things in Thailand. I remember that I already read some of your engaging hubs about Thailand. Thailand is a wonderful country and nice to know that now you lived in this amazing country. Once again thank you. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Looks like you had a fun time in Thailand. Eager to visit the place.

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    ishwaryaa22,

    Although I have lived in Thailand many years, I have never been to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Looking at your wonderful pictures and reading your description, it seems like an interesting place to visit. When I entertained a couple of guests a few years ago, I took them to the Rose Garden instead of the floating market. I know now that I made a mistake, because the Rose Garden turned out to be one big variety show inside of a tent. Voted up as interesting and sharing with followers.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ anuramkumar: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful place. Please let me know after you visited this place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ ishwaryaa22: Thank you for the read & engaging comments. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market was really an amazing place and hope you visit this place anyday. Please let me know after you visited this place. Happy Hubbing!

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    Sasha Kim 4 years ago

    Oh my this hub is wonderful ^_^ I hope I'll get to visit this place someday! Voting a bunch and sharing!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Mama Kim 8: Hi, good to see you! Thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this wonderful place someday. Please let me know. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    You've just taken me on an eye-opening tour of the floating market. The pictures are very helpful. Even though I've been to Bangkok, I've yet to visit the floating market. I should do that the next time I visit. But I've to agree--Thai people are very warm and friendly. Great hub and rated up.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ anglnwu: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. I really had an awesome time with my parents. Hope you enjoy visiting this place like I did. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

    Nice one Ishwarya !! I like the pics very much as well as the way you narrated it !! It reminded me a bit of Kerala back waters and how homes are set up there... thanks for the lovely journey !!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ mr-veg: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I decided to take a look at your photos again--I feel like I went on a mini vacation with you and your parents! I especially enjoyed re-reading the story of your parents' shock at the sight of the little crocodile. Voted up and shared!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ vespawoolf: Hi, thank you for the second visit and read. It would be more wonderful if you visit this nice place. Yes, the sight of small crocodiles were really scary! Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    Ishwarya,

    Thailand is a wonderful travel destination. Many people from our part of the world travel to Bangkok for honeymoon.

    Your pictures are superb.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    The floating market is certainly a hive of activity. Thanks for sharing, Ish!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Vinaya Ghimire: Hi, thank you for the second visit and read. Yes, you are right. I have seen some couples happily honeymooning in this amazing place. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ midget38: Thank you for visiting this hub again. Yes, you are right that this floating market is a hive of activity. It would be nice if you visit this wonderful place in the future. Take care

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    This place sounds very interesting. I like the photos you include with the descriptions, and even a map! Well done :)

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    A very interesting and informative work and the pictures are wonderful and speak for themselves. Thank you so much for sharing this fine hub, and well received. whonu

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ ChristyWrites: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging comments. Hope you visit this nice place in the future. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ whonunuwho: Thank you for the read & very encouraging comments. Hope you visit this amazing place in the future. Happy Hubbing!

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    Thank you for sharing this my friend.whonu

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ whonunuwho: Thank you for the second visit and read. Take care

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Thailand seems to be a tourist delight. First time I hear about harmless crocodiles. Very interesting!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ MartieCoestser: Hi, thank you for the visit & engaging comments. Thank God that these crocodiles turned out to be harmless. I recall that I shuddered at the sight of them. Hope you visit this nice place in the future. Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    I have heard of this amazing place - I'd so like to visit it in person! You've done a great job of taking us there in words and pictures - it's an entire world, on water.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Marcy Goodfleisch: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. I & my parents had a wonderful time. Take care

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    Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

    It looks like you and your folks had a wonderful trip. I enjoyed seeing the sights and reading about the floating market. You are such an engaging writer, putting us all right there!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Dolores Monet: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Hope you visit this wonderful place in the future and enjoy as much as I & my parents did! Happy Hubbing! Take care

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    toknowinfo 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I feel like I learned so much about an area I had never known before. I look forward to more hubs like this.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ toknowinfo: Thank you for the read & very encouraging comments. Hope you visit this wonderful place in the future and enjoy like I did! Happy Hubbing!

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    Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Wonderful hub, Ish. The floating markets look spectacular and they certainly worth a visit. Added to my bucket list!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 3 years ago from Chennai, India

    @ Elias Zanetti: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the read & sharing your enthusiasm to visit this amazing place. Happy Hubbing!

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