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    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Ratchaburi

    Yesterday, heading back from Cha Am we stopped at the world famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi. Perhaps the most well touted floating market for Bangkok Tourists. Have been there several times over the years. Always been packed with tourists. Parking lots full of buses and commuter vans. Many, many tour groups and an incredible number of vendors, all shapes and sizes selling anything that doesn’t move, and, a few things that do.

    Well, that was then and this is now. Empty parking lots. Side stalls all shut down. Stuff covered in tarpaulins. Few boats selling stuff. Few customers and nobody buying anything. The few boats that were there occupied by the elderly. Almost like a well, I’ve got nothing better to do with my time than sit in a boat all day attitude.

    To be honest, I expected far more activity than I saw. I did expect there was a good bit of local trade accomplished. No. The Market is dead. A tourist trap without any tourists. Another Covid casualty.

    one entrance banner
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    first boats
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    a bit further
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    a few more boats
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    some farm goods for sale
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    a bit further down the pier
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    lunch for sale
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    a bit further
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    end of pier
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    our lunch vendor
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    closed
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    center shops closed
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    looking back
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    closed
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    Wow, that is shocking. Damn, not a place I would go but indicative as to the whole tourism and hospitality economy just falling off a cliff.

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    Boat noodles!

    I want.

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    Tourist place, so what. Bet the proper floating market in Bangkok still doing ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Tourist place, so what. Bet the proper floating market in Bangkok still doing ok.
    Which one do you consider ‘proper’?

    The Bang Plii one is considered most authentic by many, the one featured on this thread has been going for well over 100 years...though admittedly is now a tourist trap.

    The Talingchan one is probably the most central. So which is your ‘proper’ one?

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    The sad impact of C-19. The damage it will do to those depended on tourism will be long lasting.

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