Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Wandering around Damnoen Saduak - the most popular floating market in Thailand

Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, great for photo opportunities, food, and for giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.

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First stop is an Orchid Farm and coconut producer. It's impressive how many uses there are for coconuts and the small workshop has managed to turn the entire tree into a business, young shoots boiled for palm sugar, squeezed for oil, lampshades, ladders, and even fuelling their fires with the husks.

Next to this hive of activity (beware of the sugar-hungry bees) the orchids seem less exciting, but it is still beautiful to see them in their natural habitat, especially if you are used to seeing them on window sills in plastic tubs.

After this brief stop, it’s only a 10-minute drive to the pier to hop onto decorated long-tail boats that are waiting to take you to the market. The boat driver slows down to let you appreciate the winding waterways and get a brief glimpse of those who live on the river.

Stepping off the boat, you find yourself among busy stalls selling similar products to those you can find at Chatuchak Weekend Market: small toy elephants, tiger balm and the compulsory ‘I was here’ T-shirts. There's plenty of tasty food to try along the docks, from freshly-made mini coconut pancakes to boat noodles in their rich, meaty broth.

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