This tour combines the pleasure of observing Thai rural life from a small longtail boat, together with discovering one of Bangkok’s least-known floating markets at Ladmayon. Operating at weekends, and perhaps best described as an oasis in the countryside, the market activities happen against a shady backdrop of leafy trees, flowering plants, orchids, and friendly local residents. There is no rush here, no high-pressure commerce. The local people are just as happy to see your interest in what they are selling, creating, painting or cooking, as they are if you decide to buy from them.
Very different to its busy big sister at Damnoen Saduak, this little gem opened in 2004, brainchild of a senior resident who dreamed of preserving the canal side community in a traditional unpretentious way, whilst contributing to the economy of the people. It has operated successfully since, with an emphasis on supporting organically grown produce, and encouraging Thai arts and crafts, pottery, painting and carpentry. The market is equally renowned for delicious home cooked Thai dishes, whose never-written-down recipes have survived the passage of time, ranging from spicy specialities to wonderfully fragrant Thai desserts, so if you enjoy Thai food, it is best to have a light breakfast before you go on the tour!
The overall effect of this floating market is picturesque, delightful, and relaxing; a mixture of pleasing natural images, smiling faces, happy children, interesting shopping, very tasty food items - and a photographic feast for your camera. We also take time to explore the surrounding countryside by longtail boat to experience the charmingly simple way of life along the nearby canals and waterways, as well as enjoying the many attractions in the market itself.