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How to go to Thailand Floating Market

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You may go here and there, but Thailand floating market is iconic, no tourist should miss this!

I was  particularly excited when I discovered of the way to 2 of Thailand most popular floating markets. Yes, I spent just USD$4 to be there! Join a tour group and it probably makes you poorer by USD$60-100!

Here, I shall share with you this travel guide to Bangkok Floating Market: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Amphawa Floating Market.

Photo Credit: Google Map

Why Go To The Floating Market?

If you have come to Thailand and not at least spent a day at any of the floating markets, you probably know nothing about Thailand. Floating Market is iconic to Thailand tourism.

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

When you actually soak in the fun of the floating market, take a walk and have a meal there, you’ll know that you are lucky to have come and did not miss the jewel of Thailand tourism.

To Bangkok Floating Market By Bus or Taxi

How to go to the floating market?

We’re going to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Amphawa Floating Market, both are far from Bangkok. We’ll go there by bus. Firstly, we need to go to the Bus Station, it’s just beside the BTS Victory Monument ( BTS is a Metro or train).

How to go to Thailand Floating MarketThe yellow coloured arrow pointed to BTS Victory Monument station.

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketGo through Exit 4 .

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketGo straight upon coming down from the Exit 4 staircase. From the staircase to the Bus Station, the distance is only about 40 meters, or a minute walk.

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketThe first entrance of the bus station is just meters away from this Suzuki showroom.

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketThe Bus Station has 2 entrances along the lane, both are just 30 meters apart.

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketTurn left upon seeing the first entrance ( indicated by the yellow coloured arrow).

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketIf you continue to walk straight forward you will see the second entrance which is just beside the 7-11 convenience shop (as indicated by the yellow coloured arrow).

How to go to Thailand Floating MarketThe short lane of 30 meters is lined up with many food stalls.

How to go to Thailand Floating MarketThe bus station is rather small, patronize mostly by the locals.

How to go to Thailand Floating MarketGet your tickets directly from the ticketing booth. Remember to check the departing time before purchasing. The ticketing staff knows a bit of English, so there shouldn’t be any communication issue.

Bus to Amphawa Floating MarketWhichever ticket you buy and to whichever places, the mode of transport is the same. It’s a 16-seater mini air-conditioned van. It’s a free-seating on first-come-first-serve basis.

Bus to Amphawawa Floating MarketThe ticket to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is available at booth 13(as highlighted by the yellow coloured arrow) at the price of THB$80 or USD$2.28 per person. If you are getting to Amphawa Floating Market, you need to alight there and get another ticket and board another van at the cost of THB$50 or USD$1.42 per person

It’s still about 80% cheaper than booking through the tour agency or from hotel lobby. They charged about THB$1500-2,500 baht per person, sitting on the same type of 16-seater van.

How to go to Thailand Floating MarketThere are a total of more than 18 ticketing booths there, each chartering to different places at prices ranging from THB$80-160.

Travel Guide To Bangkok Floating Market

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Bus To Bangkok Floating MarketTickets to Kanchanaburi ( Death Railway) is also available. It takes 3.5 hours to be there. Be mindful that the weather there is scorching at 42 degree Celsius, or 107.6 Fahrenheit.

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

The journey to the first Floating Market Damnoen Saduak Floating Market takes about 2.5 hours.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Once you are there, just walk straight into the long stretch of housing, the floating market is just 1 minute walk behind it.

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Yuwanda Pier Flaoting Market is just meters away from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Guide To Bangkok Floating Market

Guide To Bangkok Floating Market

As we had been here before years ago, after taking a short walk at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, we decided to go to Amphawa Floating Market. So we went to the 7-11 store just opposite to purchase the van ticket from the counter staff.

Guide To Bangkok Floating Market

The cost of the ticket is THB$50 or USD$1.42 per person.

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Within 15 minutes, the van came. I was told that it comes every 30 mins.

To Bangkok Floating Market By Bus or Taxi

The journey from Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to Amphawa Floating Market took just 15 minutes. It was a very smooth ride, with very thin traffic on the road.

Guide To Bangkok Floating Market

We finally arrived at Amphawa Floating Market! But was shocked to see that the Bus Station was just as simple as it can be. It looks like a makeshift station, but we were told that it had been here for years.

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

As buses back to Bangkok is very limited, it’s recommended to book in advance the return trip to Bangkok, it cost THB$80 per person. By the way, a taxi back to Bangkok cost about $1,000-$1,500 baht.

Things To Do At Bangkok Floating Market

The bus schedule for the return trip to Bangkok. The first bus is 0620 hours. Take note: the last bus is 1930 hours ( not the stated 2030 hours).

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Amphawa Floating Market is just 40 meters away from this Bus Station. See the ‘toilet’ signage there? ( indicated by the yellow coloured arrow) Go towards it, that lane will bring you right into the heart of Amphawa Floating Market.

Bangkok Amphawa Floating Market

If you go through the short lane ( above picture), turn right and walk another 20 meters, you’ll see a tour agency. Certainly not that kind of beautiful shop you have in mind or seen before. But this makeshift tour agency offered very attractive prices for all tours originated from Amphawa Floating Market. There is another one along the way, about 100 meters along the river.

Things To Do At Bangkok Floating Market

So, here you are, arriving at Amphawa Floating Market, probably the most natural of all the others!

Things To Do At Bangkok Floating Market

A dinner by the river side is a very memorable experience!

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Things To Do At Bangkok Floating Market

Things To Do At Bangkok Floating Market

Go for the 5 Temples and Fireflies Tour!

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

How to go to Thailand Floating Market

Vacation Is Never Enough, enjoy your trip!

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