The Floating Markets in Thailand
If you think of Thailand, you must already think of the local market and walking street market, right? Today, I will introduce you to know the unique market that you will see only here. These are floating markets that full of delicious food, clothes as well as many unique and exciting products. They usually sell quick meals, desserts, drinks, and fresh produces in a variety of atmospheres. There are 4 floating markets that you need to check in. Here is a list of what I think are the best and most popular floating markets in Thailand.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Thailand’s iconic markets that everyone loves are the floating markets near Bangkok. Regarded as a popular floating market among tourists, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is meant to be posted on your social media. Moreover, it is a great photo-friendly destination and you can pick up on the lively scene here as you row past the pretty flags in your little yellow boat. The market is about an hour away from the main city.
Damnoen Saduak is the largest and the oldest floating market in Bangkok that is exploding with their history. Make a visit to the canal, filled with hundreds of vendors in their small rowing boats selling Thai products. You shouldn’t miss delicious local food from the seller’s boat. Fruit-sellers rowing their boats on the canals are a common sight here and there’s plenty of good food.
In addition, there are the narrow canals and the small wooden houses that Thais live in here. You get to learn about the Thai culture and to see the traditional lifestyle on a long tail boat. See how people live at the side of the canals, swimming, bathing, relaxing and enjoying their relatively simple lifestyle as compared to the hectic lifestyle in the city.
- Opening Hours : Weekdays, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Address : Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
- Distance from Bangkok : 95 km
Amphawa Floating Market
This market is also located quite close to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Although it isn’t as large as its counterpart, it has more local shoppers and a much more peaceful vibe. The lovely vendors sell everything from exclusive handmade products, to T-shirts and handmade watercolor paintings, locally produced handicrafts, fashion and art. Their locally produced products like sweets and toys are things you can’t find at other floating markets.
You shouldn’t miss fresh seafood. Amphawa market does not disappoint any foodie! Nibble on fresh river prawns, or feast on some grilled fish on the bank. Squid is also a popular delicacy that should not be missed. Furthermore, you can see beautiful tours to hidden temples. After your meal, take a boat ride for just 50 baht per person to continue your adventure. Sit back, relax and enjoy the splendid views of the banks. The boat will stop at multiple temples on the way. Don’t miss the Wat Bang Koong temple which looks like it has been swallowed by a tree! This splendid discovery is an absolute must-visit where you can pay a visit to the golden buddha inside.
- Opening Hours : Fri, Sat and Sun from noon until 20:00
- Address : Amphawa, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
- Distance From Bangkok : 88 km
Taling Chan Floating Market
This market is conveniently close to Bangkok and unlike other floating markets, Taling Chan is just a short trip away from Bangkok. It is also small enough to venture into the market without a tour, making it an affordable option.
There is an abundance of exotic food to go adventurous such as salt-crusted grilled fish with lemongrass and durian. Enjoy food by the river, and peep into the lives of locals across the water. You can shop around for some of the fruit you will ever see like Durian or Gac. You can buy or walk around to see homemade decorations, flowers, snacks and much more. After you’ve tired out your feet, stop by for a Thai foot massage for 100 baht.
- Opening Hours : 9.00 am – 05.00 pm on weekends
- Address : 300 Soi Chak Phra 17, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
- Distance from Bangkok : 94 km
Khlong Lat Mayom
This is another floating market that’s in close proximity to Bangkok city. Just 15 km from the city limits, that you can make it a favourable choice for those traveling on a budget. The canals at Khlong Lat Mayom are slender and narrow with most vendors on land, taking away the clutter. All these parts are undoubtedly the biggest draw to Khlong Lat Mayom in its many food stalls.
This market is a perfect spot for the ultimate foodie too. You will be spoilt for choice with the abundance of Thai food at Khlong Lat Mayom. Enjoy a finger-licking-good skewer of gai galae (bbq grilled chicken) for only 25 baht. Try the flavorsome mungbean noodles, or pla pao (salt-crusted fish). Lastly, buy some take-home snacks to remember the day like sticky rice with sugar and coconut for a sweet finish.
- Opening Hours : Sat & Sun, 09:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Address : Soi Bang Ramat, Bang Phrom, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
- Distance from Bangkok : 15 km