Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Floating Market Dumnoen Saduak

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After visiting the Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom -according to some one of the largest pagoda in the world (click here to see some pictures), we headed to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi, Thailand.  This floating market is one of the most famous floating markets here in Thailand.  Actually there are many floating markets in Thailand, click here to see a video of Ampawha floating market in Samut Songkran province that I visited early this year.
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First of all, According to history around 1866 King Rama IV of the Chakri Dynasty ordered that a 32 kms long canal be dug at Damnoen Saduak to facilitate waterborne travels between Ratchaburi and Samutsakhon Provinces. It was finished and opened to the public in 1868.  That King was really a visionary: these smalls canals now provide thousands of job to local people.  
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Local and foreign tourist boarding a canoe.  From about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the Floating Market is  crowded with hundrreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods.
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In the picture, can you distinguish the Thai hat from the Vietnamese hat?
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Ratchaburi means, "The land of the king." The province is full of cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes and historical sites.  And as I told before it is located around 100 kilometres west of Bangkok.

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A Thai women wearing Thai bamboo hats  paddle her small boats 
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The Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying agricultural products and local food, which are mostly brought from their own nearby orchards. Therefore, it is a very attractive place for tourists to see this old style and traditional way of selling and buying goods.
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Tourist looking at houses located at the bank of the canal.  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. 
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Thai style canoes laden with colourful, succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats, gently ply their way through the canal.
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Floating market at Damnoen Saduak is the old traditional way of selling vegetables, fruits,etc. from a small boat.
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Ratchaburi province contains the flat river plains of the Mae Klong river,   risscrossed by many khlongs.  The Mae Klong River flows through the centre of Ratchaburi town. 
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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 propitious ways of taking their agricultural products to the markets in neighbouring provinces and Bangkok.
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Local people usually travel on their small rowing boats. however; today the long-tailed boats pushing by engine become very popular.
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The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying local products.
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The colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. 
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Well, it seems that not everybody find this trip interesting ; )
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Thailand is often called the "land of smiles," not only because visitors love its natural beauty and historical riches, but also because of the country's friendly people and fascinating culture.  Here some examples of it!!!
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