Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This is the original floating market, located about 90 km southwest of Bangkok in Ratchaburi Province. You need to set your alarm clock for this trip; the market starts about 6am and finishes about 12 midday. Most of the tourists arrive about 9am.
The market is about 140 years old, it was created in 1866 when King Rama IV ordered the building of a 32 km canal to join the Taachin and Mae Khlong rivers, about 200 smaller canals branched off this main canal, irrigating the whole area. For over a century local farmers have grown fruit and vegetables in the fertile soil and used the canals to take their produce ladened barges to market.
Nowadays the market has become a major tourist attraction and the majority of customers are tourists not locals, although fruit, vegetables and cooked food are still sold, the market has expanded considerably to sell just about anything. The usual price of boat hire is about 600 baht per hour.