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Floating Market Bangkok

guide to Bangkok's famous floating market

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One of the most famous pictures of Thailand, and one of the most visited tourist sites on the outskirts of Bangkok, is the famous Floating Market. The original and most promoted Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak, is located 110 kilometres from Bangkok in Rachaburi province.

== We have seven pages of Pictures of the Floating Market in Bangkok for you to browse through ==

Getting to the Floating Market takes between one and a half to over two hours from Bangkok depending on traffic conditions. We recommend, if your time in Bangkok allows you, to do this tour at the weekend to avoid spending an unnecessary amount of time in traffic.

The original canals which now make up the Floating Market were built in 1866 on demand of His Majesty the King of Thailand to help ease communication in the province. The actual Floating Market started in 1967 and today thrives with hordes of tourists from all over the world.

Canals in and around Bangkok are an important method of transport and help to facilitate communication between different areas of the city. To this day many people still live along the canals and frequently use boats as a method of transportation from one point to another.

As food is a very important part of Thai culture, you will see mobile food stores selling anything from fruit, Som Tam, barbequed chicken, and other delicacies moving around Bangkok, on the streets just as an ice cream van does in most western countries. This also applies to the canals where you will frequently see boats moving from house to house selling different wares.

Thailand does have Tesco's, Carrefour, Leading Price and other major supermarkets all around the country and most communities will have there own 'wet market' selling fresh produce, so if you hope to see many Thais buying their daily needs at the Floating Market you may be disappointed.

 Most people visiting the Floating Market are foreigners and Thai tourists, but it does offer visitors an excellent opportunity to see something different and take some great pictures of what is a true Thai icon.

We recommend travellers to organise a tour to enjoy the Floating Market. Most tours will pick you up from any of the hotels in Bangkok. The tour normally starts around 06:30 (slightly later at weekends due to the lack of traffic).

 You do need to verify that the tour is in fact of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and not another, as there are hundreds around, and you should also clarify what the tour price actually includes, and how many people will be in your tour.

If you use a reliable and well known company then they will be able to accommodate your every need, and create a tour which best meets your expectations.

Most tours to the Floating Market will include some side trips, such as a visit to the Sugar House where you will see how Thai's make sugar from coconuts, a visit to the Teakwood Handicraft Center, where you can marvel at how Teakwood is carved into artistic masterpieces and also a visit to the Rose Garden where lunch is normally served followed by a truly excellent cultural show.

 If you have time and still enough energy then the Crocodile Farm is also not far from the Rose Garden and saves you having to travel all the way back again.

Perhaps the only question that remains is - is it worth spending half a day minimum on a tour to and around the Floating Market? What we would answer to that, is if you have sufficient time, and have looked at the pictures and feel it would be of interest then definitely, we don't recommend though, that you take a tour to the Floating Market instead of visiting some of Bangkok's other great attractions, such as the Grand Palace etc. For us some of the other major attractions in and around Bangkok would take priority.

== We have seven pages of Pictures of the Floating Market in Bangkok for you to browse through == 

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