Tourism that involves studying culture, gaining an understanding of and appreciating local lifestyles offers numerous options. For those who enjoy leisurely and continuous travel, there’s no need to visit national parks, historical sites, or museums exclusively. Even ordinary places can provide a similar experience, such as a floating market.
A floating market might not be historically significant or rich in historical tales to read about, but when we visit and experience it, there is much to learn, understand, and absorb. It starts with general knowledge, such as how long the market has been operating, where the river flows from and to, and what the local people are like. Even simple questions we might not anticipate, like why they use these specific types of boats or where they learned to paddle these boats, or what each vendor sells, can all be answered. These things can be felt and absorbed as we walk through the market, purchase products, eat food, and paddle along the market route in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Damnoen Saduak is a convenient floating market, an ancient market with over 100 years of history. It’s one of the treasured places in Ratchaburi Province. Although the market is located in Ratchaburi, its waterways also extend to Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram provinces. It begins its operations around 8:00 AM and continues until the afternoon. The market offers a wide variety of products to choose from, including food, daily essentials, and souvenirs, as well as handicrafts. You can walk around or take a boat, as the market provides boat rental services.