Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Market in Bangkok Region

This 100-year-old floating market – the country’s most famous – is now essentially a floating souvenir stand filled with package tourists. This in itself can be a fascinating insight into Thai culture, as the vast majority of tourists here are Thais and watching the approach to this cultural ‘theme park’ is instructive. But beyond the market, the residential canals are quite peaceful and can be explored by hiring a boat (per person 100B) for a longer duration.

Trips stop at small family businesses, including a Thai candy maker, a pomelo farm and a knife crafter.

Buses depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi (80B, two hours, frequent from 6am to 9pm).