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If you're hiring a private car to go to Hua Hin from Bangkok, it's a good idea to visit the Damnoen
Saduak Floating Market on the way. This Floating Market is the most
popular and lies roughly half way between Bangkok and Hua Hin, about 20 minutes' drive away from the main road. So,
either on your way to Hua Hin from Bangkok, or on your return from Hua Hin, you could leave in
the morning so that you reach the Floating Market in an hour and a
half, and get to see the market when it is humming with activity. This
is a far better way to see this world famous Floating Market than undertaking a
separate day trip. It saves you time, money and effort. A limo generally would charge you around 2500 baht for a one-way trip from Bangkok to Hua Hin, and this side trip to the Floating Market can be had for a very small additional charge of around 200-300 baht. Negotiate with your limo provider beforehand. And be sure NOT to confuse the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (which is the real thing and lies between Hua Hin and Bangkok ) with the other two Floating Markets inside Hua Hin commonly mentioned in tourist brochures (these are just life like models and not the real thing).
Once you reach the Damnoen Saduak, you will be offered a motorised boat on hire for about 1500 baht. This boat will take you around this legendary Floating Market in an hour and a half, through the idyllic canals, and you can watch in awe all the scores of shops selling stuff like vegetables, fruits, foodstuffs, clothing, handicraft all along the canal. This is why as early in the morning as you can is advised for you to get to experience the Market at its freshest. At the other end of the Market is a large Buddha Temple where you can alight and pay your respects and maybe indulge in some meditation and contemplate the solitude. This is an unforgettable experience, sailing through the canals in a tropical forest and observing this extraordinary world famous ecosystem. It is surprising that`this great side trip option does not seem to be mentioned in travel literature marketing Hua Hin. A must for every traveller.