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Nowadays Damnoen Saduak is in one of the provincial districts of Ratchaburi Province. Most people live close knit along both sides of the canal from one end of the canal to other.The majority of these people are agriculturists. They grow several different kinds of fruit and vegetable for examples oranges, grapes, papayas, cabbages, beans, onions etc. The land in this area is naturally fertile. Apart from providing transportation, Damnoen saduak Canal also provides farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes for the whole year around. More than 200 small canals were dug by local peasants to connect with it to get water to irrigate  their land. Moreover; these small canals also become propitious ways of taking their agricultural products to the markets in neighbouring provinces and Bangkok.

Day in and day out from about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods. What they trade in is usually fruit and vegetable which is mainly brought from their own orchards. They usually travel on their small rowing boats. however; today the long-tailed boats pushed by large engines  have  become very popular.

Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi is about 109 kilometres south of Bangkok or about two hours drive.

How to get there
By Car: From Bangkok you can take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Rd.) and turn left at Km. 80 for another 25 km's. along Bang Phae - Damnoen Saduak Rd.

How to get there by Bus:

There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal. Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi  Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 05.50 hrs. onwards. Fare is around 80 Baht (one way) for air-conditioned (Tel . 435-5031) and about 40 Baht for normal buses (Tel. 434-5558). The most suitable time to be at the market is from 08.00-12.00 hrs.

Arriving at Damnoen Saduak, you can either walk on the passage along the canal on the right hand side or take a boat at the pier nearby to Floating Market area for the price of  10 Baht per person. Those who want to see all the three of the Floating Markets, Ton Khem, Hia Kui, Khun Phithak may hire a boat for the price of  300 Baht per hour. It is recommended that the fare should be agreed before starting off.

The visit to this market, especially noted for its fresh fruits from surrounding orchards, can be combined with a tour of the great Chedi in Nakhon Pathom or The Rose Garden which is on the same route, the show time at the Thai Village in the Rose Garden is at 15.00 hrs.  Or  call in on the Sam Phran Elephant Ground and Zoo.

Damnoen Saduak, Floating Market , Catering for the Tourist

Damnoen Saduak Page 1, Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province Damnoen Saduak Page 3, Pictures around the market