One of the most famous tourist attractions in the province of Ratchaburi is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market located in the district of the same name. Although there are other floating markets in Thailand, this is the largest and the most popular. It arose from a 32-km canal built from 1866 to 1868, by order of King Rama IV also known as King Mongkut, to connect two rivers. Since then, more interconnecting canals were built by villagers to expand the growing interests of people not just for trade but also for tourism purposes.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is around 100 kilometers away from Bangkok. It is best to visit it using an agency because you will be provided with a vehicle and a guide. In addition, other tourist attractions will be bundled with it so you will get the most value for your money. There are many local travel agencies around Khaosan Road in the old section of Bangkok. This is where most foreigners congregate.
Depending on the package, the travel fee is around 900 to 1,200 baht for a one-day trip. If possible, bring extra money for shopping. It is a real market and a lot of merchandize are on sale. Just like any market in Thailand, prices are usually inflated so make sure to haggle for the lowest price.
Here are more photos of the floating market. Enjoy your trip!
The trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market usually includes a long boat ride along a canal sans the market for sightseeing and for understanding village life in Thailand. Lunch is usually served after this joyful ride. Then it is time to visit another attraction most likely Samphran Elephant ground and Zoo in the nearby province of Nakhon Pathom if this is specified in the package.