Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak - Thailand

Floating Market Selling Buying ThailandIt's in the early morning that the three floating markets of Damnoen Saduak are seen at their best, so whether you hire a boat with friends or join an organised trip, try to get out on the water early. Even by 8am, the markets are already buzzing with life, but you will still be able to navigate the canals and channels in your own time and marvel at the abundance of fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs and goods on offer. Boat-to-boat trading like this is becoming a rarity in Thailand, but it hardly feels like a dying way of life when you're in the thick of the action. The trading among the 100s of straw-hatted vendors is fast-paced and competitive, as they paddle their boats up and down the narrow waterways in search of customers. It makes for a memorable morning out on the water - and all the delicious food on offer is sure to get your tastebuds going in time for an early lunch! The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is located Located 80km (50 miles) southwest of Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a daily riot of colour and noise. Farmers and smallholders from the surrounding hills turn up each morning to sell and exchange fruit and vegetables from their heavily-laden barges, as they sail up and down the canals amongst the orchards and vineyards. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Tourists will also see traditional Thai houses, the way they live and travel by boats, and please try riding on a small boat to experience the floating market and to see more. This is a worthwhile trip. Floating Market Thailand

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