Thailand adventures: Damnoen Saduak floating market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thailand
Myself and @bunnychow continue our adventures in beautiful Thailand! This past Sunday we traveled about an hour and a half out of Bangkok to the largest floating market in Thailand, Damnoen Saduak. We booked the tour online for about $22 each and had to be at the pickup point at 7:30 AM. This meant we were awake at 5:00 AM on a Sunday. @bunnychow only perked up once we found a her some caffeine!
We erroneously thought that we'd be taking a boat to the market and were therefore not altogether pleasantly surprised when we were herded into a minibus for what turned out to be an hour and a half journey... We did at least stop at a coconut farm where we were shown how coconut milk and sugar is made. We also got to taste some of the coconut sugar, which tastes like fudge in my opinion. @bunnychow bought a whole lot to take home with us so I reckon she likes it too. Behold some pictures of the coconut farm:
The apparatus for turning coconut milk into coconut sugar. The coconut milk is boiled to reduce the moisture content until finally it is transferred to the burner at the back to caramelize into sugar
Someone with STRONG arms then whirls the coconut milk reduction around on this here fire inside the tyre until it caramelizes
The gorgeous @bunnychow tries her hand at making coconut sugar
After the coconut farm we were carted off to the dock where we got on a dragontail boat for the trip to the market. Have a look below for a glimpse at the trip.
After arriving at the market we were set free to wander around for an hour and a half and entertain ourselves. We chose to take pictures, got ripped off on beer and paid over the odds for food. The food was good though. It had all sorts of tentacles that freaked @bunnychow out. In all fairness I probably shouldn't have done a Zoidberg with a mouth full of squid...
Seafood Phad Thai with extra tentacles
Feast your eyes on some of the photos we took on our wanderings.
Overall verdict? We had a blast. It was a total tourist trap but we had a great time nonetheless. If you are ever in Thailand it is well worth visiting the Damnoen Saduak floating market.
Stay tuned for more adventures!