Monday, April 25, 2016

Part Two of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand: Floating Kitchens and More

You might wonder at the back of your mind if the food sold here in the floating market is hygienic? How clean are they?

That is perhaps the million euro question many people would ask, and I really have no idea. But should we really care? After all we need a little bit of bacteria in our bodies every now and then. This is how I see it though—If you get stressed out easily with street food, then take it with a grain of salt. Don’t force yourself.


A floating kitchen in the floating market =)


Some people I know take probiotics before going on a trip to far-flung exotic countries, so they can eat to their heart’s content whatever they want, street food or not. Others advised on drinking a few shots of whisky at the end of the day to kill any bacteria that might have been eaten along the process. While some prefer to stick to eating cooked food and steer clear away from fresh fruits, salads and dodgy looking foods.

I don’t mind eating street food really but I first need to see where it is being cooked. If upon survey I find it too dirty for my liking, then I don’t go ahead. It is as simple as that.

Here at the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi, my parents and I settled for a little snack of tri-colour sticky rice and fresh ripe mango. We paired this with a refreshing iced cold coffee. You need something really cold and icy in Thailand’s hot and humid weather.

So here is the question: What about you? Would you eat here? How skeptic are you with street food?

Here is a short video I made with all the floating kitchens in the market. I managed to film the hardworking Thai ladies cooking in their long-tail boats =)



I just love the lively atmosphere of the floating market.

Oh, there are cobra and python shows here in the market as well. Not my thing to indulge in exotic reptile entertainment but perhaps its yours? I pity the poor animals though as they have to work for their owners and please the tourists, but I am not very fond of snakes. I find them eewww and tend to avoid them.

Here are the rest of the pictures of the floating market. In this set I managed to shoot a lot of floating kitchens. I hope you enjoy them!


The boat hawkers use a bamboo stick with a plastic bag to bring the food to the customers. Customers then place the money inside the bag.


Ewww, not my thing. 


Thai spices on sale. Great as souvenirs for the real foodies who cook.


Some of the lounge cafes on the street. This set up reminds me of the trip to the south of Thailand that Dutchman and I made here 15 years ago. We went to Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi. 


My parents and moi.


This is our favourite lady boat vendor. Dressed in hot pink with a pearl necklace and a local straw hat. A very interesting combination altogether =). She is giving another vendor (a man, perhaps her husband?) a lecture here, hehe.


Indian tourists. I would like to go to India one of these days.


The floating market restaurant. This restaurant is served by the floating (boat) kitchens that are anchored beside on the canal. See pictures below.


An order coming up! The woman is serving a bowl of noodle soup here.


Grilled bananas. These are not your ready to peel and eat bananas though. We call these saba in the Philippines. Great for cooking and grilling.


The floating kitchens in the floating market.


Grilled chicken wings.


These are some of the fruit stalls. My mom bought a lot of fruits here. My mom's favourite is the Longan (those beige cluster of balls beside the dragon fruit)


Floating market boat traffic. The canals can indeed get busy.


This vendor is selling flowers, well for a change.

Travel Period: November 2015
Destination: Damnoen Saduak (Ratchaburi), Thailand

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