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Thailand is a tropical paradise with so much to offer the tourist, including a colourful and unique culture that represents proud and very hospitable people. While there are many places to visit, Thailand is perhaps best known for its unique floating markets, which have been in place for centuries on the many canals and waterways that run through the country. Traditionally, fish were transported from the sea to be sold at floating markets, along with a diverse selection of herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit.
It is not surprising why visiting the country’s floating markets are in almost every traveller’s mind. Buying goods from floating boats and while on board a little boat yourself is truly an unforgettable experience. There is a wealth of exotic fruits and savoury Thai snacks to choose from, and even hot Thai dishes that are made to order.
Below are some tips to keep in mind for a wonderful floating market experience.
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Visiting the floating markets in Thailand
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Floating market At Damnoen Saduak
The most famous of all the floating markets in Thailand, Damnoen Saduak is located in Ratchaburi Province, which is a couple of hours’ drive from Bangkok, and if you book one of the private Thailand tours, you can include a day trip to Damnoen Saduak floating market in your schedule. An early start is recommended to really appreciate this amazing floating market, where you can buy a range of souvenirs and taste some of the best boat food that Thailand has to offer. You can enjoy Pad Thai or a delicious bowl of noodles and then carry on looking at the many items offered for sale on the longboats.
Talk to the experts
There are many floating markets in and around Bangkok, where there is an extensive network of canals that run through the city, and if you would like to visit floating markets that are not on the tourist trail, a tour operator is the best option, plus they can handle all the travel arrangements and even give you a local English-speaking guide to look after you for the duration of the trip. You may already be aware that English is not widely spoken, especially in non-tourist areas, so getting around could be a problem, and getting lost is a real possibility. Rather than spend an exhausting day trying to locate a floating market, let an experienced tour operator take the strain, which leaves you to enjoy the experience.
You should wear a hat to protect your head from the sun, plus put on some sunscreen prior to departing your hotel, which will protect you against sunburn. It only takes a couple of hours in the sun to get sunburn, so you are strongly advised to protect yourself.
Always carry a bottle of water when out and about, as dehydration will certainly ruin your holiday, and you should drink at least 6 glasses of water per day, regardless of where you are in Thailand. While at the floating market, you will be able to buy delicious local drinks, with fresh fruit smoothies and iced tea or coffee, and it does get very hot during the day.
Take a secure bag for your belongings
Make sure you have adequate storage space for your digital camera, as there will be no end of photo opportunities at these colourful places. Keep your valuables in a safe place, and your balancing skills are likely to be tested as you navigate the many longboats, which is all part of the fun!
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