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Visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand
There are quite a few floating markets in Thailand because the villages around various canals still use waterways as their main transport system which was developed about 100 years ago.

These villages on canals and surrounding forests have become a tourist attraction both for shopping and adventure tourism.

On May 2, I joined a group of 10 Asian and African tourists to visit the 'Damnoen Saduak Floating Market' located around 100 kilometres from Bangkok – the capital city of Thailand.

We started at 7 am and reached the destination at 8:30 am. In order to reach the floating market, the tourists were put onto motored small cruises to have a look at the village dwellings around the canal. After 20 minutes of the cruise ride, we reached the floating market.

The villages on the canal sides had both hutments and some well constructed buildings. At places, there were small resorts and foot-bridges for people and visitors who wished to stay overnight and enjoy the local food and folk culture.

On reaching the floating market, we went around in small boats to look at the stalls on other boats moving from one place to another to sell wares and articles including fruit and food items. Also, on the two sides of the canal, were shops selling clothes, craft, artwork, decoration pieces, gift items, flowers and other assorted items.

On completing the floating market tour, we disembarked the boats and spent some time to do shopping and eating some local food and fruits. On the way back, the ticketed tours in elephant village, crocodile show, owl show, village of long-necked women and cobra show were undertaken.

We reached back Bangkok at about 4 pm after about a nine-hour tour. It turned out to be a memorable tour though some of the shows amounted cruelty to animals.

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