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Damnoen Saduak floating market

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I am always asked what the difference is between the floating markets at Amphawa and Damroen Saduak.  Beside the fact that the Amphawa floating market is held on the weekend only, Amphawa comes to life towards late afternoon and runs into the night whereas the floating market at Damroen Saduak is a morning event, petering out towards noon.

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But it’s much more than time of the day.  Whereas Amphawa is slightly chaotic, mainly relating to walking the klong (canal) on either side and competing with sidewalk space with lots of people doing the same thing you’re doing,  vendors, and the occasional motorcycle, Damroen is on the high end of chaos, with it’s sheer size, lack of coordinated walkways to all parts of the market, and traffic-jammed klongs.  Whereas Amphawa is a walking leisurely experience, Damnoen Saduak is best seen from a small oared boat.  The problem is that you and your boat have to compete with lots of boat traffic, including vendors, gasoline powered boats that spew exhaust and noise in all direction.

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Don’t get me wrong.  Damnoen Saduak is very picturesque but is best experienced in two hours spurts.  It’s not a place that one that wile the day away, watching time pass.  It’s more like a five cups of coffee.  Or at some times, a quick injection of adrenaline.

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When you are traveling by non-motorized boat at the floating market, away from the hotspots, it is very relaxing, glimpsing life as it used to be in Thailand.  Then suddenly this peace is disrupted by a motorboat passing within feet of your boat.

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Photos were shot with a Leica M8 using Leica Noctilux 55mm f/1 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lenses.

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Written by leolaksi

February 11, 2009 at 7:58 am

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  1. Great photos! I’m jealous… it’s been snowing here today!

    cartooncat

    February 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    • Thanks. Suddenly summer is upon us here in Thailand. It went from hot to hotter since Monday. Maybe 34 today! Leo

      leolaksi

      February 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm


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