Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
If you’re looking for a truly authentic Thai market experience, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is a must-visit destination. This market is one of the most popular floating markets in Thailand and is known for its lively atmosphere and traditional way of conducting commerce. In the past, daily commerce in Thailand was conducted mostly along rivers and canals, and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a perfect example of this tradition.
The market is located on the Klong Damnoen Saduak, which is the straightest and longest canal in Thailand. The canal was built on royal initiative by King Rama IV, who wanted to link the Mae Klong River with Chinese waterways to support transportation and trade. It took over two years to dig and was finished under the reign of his successor, King Rama V.
The canal is 32 kilometers long and has over 200 branches, making it an ideal spot for trading. The market’s popularity grew to new heights in the 1970s, when the river was full of farmers on their boats selling their wares. This is still the way trade is conducted in the area today. Visitors can shop, eat, and absorb the unique atmosphere of this traditional Thai water market. Every day many Thai and foreign tourists travel here to experience the market and its rich history.
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