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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.
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.
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).
The yellow coloured arrow pointed to BTS Victory Monument station.
Go through Exit 4 .
Go 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.
The first entrance of the bus station is just meters away from this Suzuki showroom.
The Bus Station has 2 entrances along the lane, both are just 30 meters apart.
Turn left upon seeing the first entrance ( indicated by the yellow coloured arrow).
If 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).
The short lane of 30 meters is lined up with many food stalls.
The bus station is rather small, patronize mostly by the locals.
Get 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.
Whichever 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.
The 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.
There are a total of more than 18 ticketing booths there, each chartering to different places at prices ranging from THB$80-160.
Tickets 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.
The journey to the first Floating Market Damnoen Saduak Floating Market takes about 2.5 hours.
Once you are there, just walk straight into the long stretch of housing, the floating market is just 1 minute walk behind it.
Yuwanda Pier Flaoting Market is just meters away from the Damnoen Saduak 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.
The cost of the ticket is THB$50 or USD$1.42 per person.
Within 15 minutes, the van came. I was told that it comes every 30 mins.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
So, here you are, arriving at Amphawa Floating Market, probably the most natural of all the others!
A dinner by the river side is a very memorable experience!
Go for the 5 Temples and Fireflies Tour!
Vacation Is Never Enough, enjoy your trip!
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