Saturday, October 29, 2011

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Our group went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the famous floating market in Thailand (might be the oldest also cause it is already 100 years old).

Damnernsaduak is believed to be one of a well-known and an attractive travelling sites. Historically, Damnoenssaduak was actually the name of the canal dug in the reign of King Rama IV by the military men and the people of Rajburi, Samutsakorn and Samutsongkram Province directed by Phayasrisuriyawong, the minister of Defence. In those days without rivers and canals, transportation was almost motionless; King Rama IV with his great concern over the country's future economic growth, he finally had the canal dug to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maklong River in Samutsongkram Province together (Asian Travel)

Nowadays Damnoensaduak is one of a provincial district of Rajburi Province. Most people live densely along both sides of the canal from one end of the canal to another.The majority of this people are agriculturists. They grow several different kinds of fruit and vegetable for examples oranges, grapes, papayas, cabbages, bean, onion and etc. The land in this area is naturally fertile. Apart from providing transportation, Damnoensaduak Canal also provides farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes for the whole year around. More than 200 small canals were dug by local peasants to connect with it to get water to splatter their land. Moreover; these small canals also become protitiouus ways of taking their agricultural products to the markets in neighbouring provinces and Bangkok (Asian Travel).

We left AIT early in the around 5 in the morning and traveled for 3 hours to reach the place. 

This market is so interesting, you can find lots of cute souvenir items from keyholders to percussion instruments. You can also find clothes and even eat noodles while you are cruising the water. You can haggle the prices especially if you buy the items in bulk.

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