10 Things We Wish We Knew Before Visiting Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
1. Always bring sunscreen.
2. And water. Lots of it.
3. Prepare to get wet.
4. You can actually get to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market your own by bus and not necessarily be part of a tour group.
….How to get to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market from Bangkok?
….Go to Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (“Sai Tai”) at Phutthamonthon Sai 1 Road in Thonburi. (I don’t know if this is updated. Is it?) The Southern Bus Terminal serves areas in Western and Southern Thailand so buses should leave here for or towards or through Ratchaburi. According to some travelers, bus No. 78 would take you there.
5. Separate tour groups merge into one massive tour group at the market at about 9AM. If you need peace and quiet while enjoying Damnoen Saduak, it’s best if you arrive at the place way earlier than the tour bus infestation.
6. There are many canals stemming from the main Damnoen Saduak canal (eg. Tong Lang, Hea Gui, Tontan, Lad Pli, etc.). They’re worth exploring and one may even find them more peaceful.
7. Ratchaburi Province “The Land of The King”, wherein Damnoen Saduak is a district of, also has quite a number of beautiful surprises up her sleeve. As her name implies, it is home to quite a number of cultural heritage sites such as the ancient Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat and attractions such as the Wat Khao Chong Pran where you will catch sight of a bat exodus every sunset.
8. Ratchaburi Province is bordering Myanmar. Go figure.
9. The market closes at around noon.
10. Brought an extra memory stick and a second battery for the camera as photos would be our only souvenirs.
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