Floating Market & Risky Market Tour
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market:
The Damnoen Saduak Floating market is a delightful, quaint place tucked in southwest of Bangkok. It is a labyrinth of narrow canals, navigated by boat. Local women sell organic produce on the canals, in tiny boats known as sampans. Make sure to click a photograph here as the colourful fruits and vegetables, along with the traders dressed in mo hom, blue farmers’ apparel, make for an amazing picture. Boat noodles are a common snack in the market waters, as cooks prepare them in the boats and sell them to tourists.
The floating market comprises three smaller markets: Ton Khem, Hia Kui, and Khun Phitak. Ton Khem is the largest market and is on Khlong Damnoen Saduak. Hia Kui is parallel to Khlong Damnoen Saduak and has souvenir shops on the canals banks to sell goods to larger tour groups. Khun Phitak is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Hia Kui and is the smallest and least crowded market.
A common attraction for tourists, the traders here usually overprice their wares, so make sure to strike a hard bargain here to get the best of the deals.
The market has been featured in several films. A canal chase scene in The Man with the Golden Gun with Roger Moore as James Bond was filmed at the market, and the 2008 film Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage includes a scene that takes place at the market.
One of the most interesting places to visit in Thailand is the Risky Market. Markets usually are not “risky” in the literal sense, but this one definitely is! This market is called ‘Risky’ because it is located on top of a fully functional railway track where trains ply regularly. Sounds dangerous right? This risky market is located on either side of the railway track at MaeKlong station in the Samutsongkram province of Thailand.
Comprising of makeshift stools, tents, umbrellas and sticks, the market is given a warning 3 minutes in advance before the arrival of a train, which is utilized to clear it. For the last 3 decades, 8 such passenger trains have been crossing this market. With the coming of the warning, 300 meters long line of fresh produce vanishes in seconds as the train approaches, setting itself up equally quickly after the train passes.
Beware of the pickpockets here as they are highly rampant. Also ensure that you keep an eye out for the trains and get out of the way of the vendors who need to wrap their market up temporarily.