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Damnoen Saduak floating market is totally chaotic, where small 'khlongs' or canals are filled with flat boats piled high with fresh produce, each jockeying for position and paddled by ladies ready to stop and bargain.
It's colourful, noisy and touristy. During the long-tail boat ride to market, you’ll pass orchards, traditional teak houses and local people going about their lives. Weaving past Nakorn Pathom town, site of the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
The original canals were built in 1866 on demand of His Majesty the King of Thailand to help ease congestion in the province. The actual Floating Market started in 1967 and today thrives with hordes of tourists from all over the world.
Canals in and around Bangkok are an important method of transport between different areas of the city. To this day many people still live along the canals and frequently use boats as a method of transportation from one point to another.
As food is a very important part of Thai culture, you will see mobile food stores selling anything from fruit, Som Tam, barbequed chicken, and other delicacies moving around Bangkok, on the streets just as an ice cream van does in most western countries. This also applies to the canals where you will frequently see boats moving from house to house selling different wares.
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