September 5, 2016
We rose very early in the morning to make our way out to the bus station just outside of Bangkok’s city center. From there, we took a 2 hour bus ride to Damnoen Saduak (or better known as the Floating Market).
The first thing that happened when we arrived, was that we got bombarded by several people trying to get us on a little boat. Since the bus didn’t stop right by the Floating Market, but a few kilometers away, most tourists get “scammed” into taking a boat there. They told us the only way to get to the actual Floating Market was on the water, and they would gladly take us there for 2000 baht. TWO THOUSAND! No way. We were on a budget so we couldn’t just spare that much money. Online, we had read that the Floating Market was actually just a 10 minute walk away. So we headed out by foot, much against the will of the people working for the boat company. At one point, they actually ran after us and tried to stop us while one man shouted on a megaphone thingy “STOP THE WESTERNERS!” (in Thai of course). They tried to persuade us to take the boat, so much that at one point they would take us for only 200 bath, but we still decided to walk.
TIP: If you’re planning on visiting the Floating Market and don’t want to spend money on a boat ride, don’t be afraid to say “no”. Yes, they will get mad, but they can’t do anything to you. Just walk off. Be sure to have water with you, though! Because there’s not a lot of shade on the walk there. If you’re standing with your back to the boat place, just follow the big street to the left. Just follow that street and you’ll end up at the Floating Market in 10-15 minutes.
After walking around the Floating Market for a while, we made our way back to the boat place and tried to figure out how to get back. There’s a little coffee shop at the boat place where you can book a seat in a bus back to Bangkok. Don’t take a taxi! You’ll pay about 10x as much! We paid 150 or 180 baht for the bus back. Maybe check when the buses leave before you go off to the market, though! We were lucky enough to get back just before the last bus left, otherwise we would’ve had to have taken a taxi back.
Back in Bangkok, we took the skytrain to Lumphini Park, a huge beautiful park in the middle of busy Bangkok.
In the evening we walked from our AirBnb to China Town to grab a bite to eat. We then made our way to the famous Khao San Road where we found a cool rooftop bar and drank some cocktails.