Around Bangkok: Damnoen Floating Market and Rose Garden
Bangkok Attractions | Attractions around Bangkok
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is about 30km outside down town Bangkok and is a famous attraction. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a thriving tumble of fresh produce sold from individual kayak like boats. this peaceful scene is a tremendous sight though latterly the number of tourist visiting have detracted from the authenticity of the occasion.
So you have spent time in Bangkok, seen the Temple of the Emerald Buddha , Wat Pho and you went on a Chao Phraya Dinner Cruises, but somehow you just can't get rid of the itch to go outside of the city. Why? Because there's just so much to do outside of the city of Bangkok, even if it is just to take a break from the urban jungle. A day out at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market followed by a trip to the Rose Garden maybe just the attractions for you.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Rose Garden tour
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Rose Garden are in the Damnoen Saduak District to the west of Bangkok. This district is an area of flat alluvial plain that is well know for rice production It is one of the most talked-about attractions outside of the wonderful town of Bangkok.
If you are happy to see the market from the boat, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is exciting because you feel the natural rhythm of the market while taking in the beauty of the traditional teak houses. As the small boats are paddled along, the coolness of the water, the chatter of the traders, the colours of the fruits and flowers all give the feeling of a place lost in time, an enchanted world exotic and memorable.
The Rose Garden is a cultural center, a place where you can get a great view of traditional villagers creating traditional handicrafts. It is fascinating in this highly mechanized world we live in, to see the intricate handiwork needed to make crafts. Visible are people engaged in silk-weaving, pottery making, umbrella painting, Khon mask making, fruit carving, and rice pounding. On the more sophisticated level, the intricate crafting of silver and lacquer ware is a delight to see. As with many Thai culture centers there is ample opportunity to buy a souvenir of any of the delightful curios on display.
If this tour appeals to you will need your best bargaining skills so that you can get a good price. One tip we have is be patient, be slow and treat the negotiation as an amusing riddle to solve. This is the way many Thai people like to negotiate and it proves useful in getting the seller on your side. Always smile, don’t' be too serious and you will be surprised at what prices the sellers are prepared to let the goods go for.
Book a Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Rose Garden tour
If this tour sounds like the attraction for you, your Bangkok Hotel will have a tour desk that will be able to help you out. This Floating Market tour is often a one day tour starting in the morning at about 7.30am as it takes 1 hour 30 minutes to get out to the Damnoen Saduak District. It is also good to go before the heat of the day and the crowds gather.