10 Jun 2015
15 Floating Markets in and around Bangkok: Relaxing, Delicious, and Classically Thai
If you were to think of an oasis of delicious food in Bangkok, you would have to think of all the floating markets in the city. If you want a relaxing day to chill on your holiday with your family or a group of friends, without having to drive very far, and eat a lot of good food at very friendly prices as well as experience a classically Thai atmosphere, check out these floating markets:
1. Taling Chan Floating Market, the Delicious Market: Taling Chan, Bangkok
The Taling Chan floating market lies at the heart of the city with its natural environment still intact, and its way of life with its banks rich with orchid, vegetables, and fruits are as lively as ever. This floating market still has a familial feel to it, and the food is reminiscent of ancient Thai culture. The market is far from the city air of the streets and visitors can enjoy their food while taking a relaxing boat ride.
2. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Taste of Rural Thailand: Pathamonthon Soi 1
The Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is the real deal. The environment here is reminiscent of the truly rural way of living with markets on both banks of the river. The market has five zones with each zone filled with a variety of products. It is for this reason that the market is so lively and colorful.
3. Visit the Kwan Riam Floating Market, Relax in Bangkok: Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok
From the immortal tale that has been made into multiple films, comes the classic floating market: the Kwan Riam floating market in Bangkok. Do not miss this place. The Kwan Riam floating market lies between two banks as a bridge between Wat Bam Pen Nua, Seri Thai 60 and Wad Bang Peng Tai, Ramkhamhaeng. This is thus the first floating market with boat bridges connecting the two cultures together.
4. Saphan Sung Floating Market, the Newest Place to Chill in Ramkhamhaeng: Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok
People living in Ramkhamhaeng once again get to relax, eat, and shop. This is because on 15 May 2015, the Saphan Sung floating market first opened along Khlong Saen Saeb behind Paseo Town Ramkhamhaeng. The floating market is opened Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00. One could say that it is a new place to sightsee, snack, eat, and shop in Bangkok, and it is not very far at all. You could travel there by public transportation or drive there in your own car, which can be parked in Paseo Town Ramkhamhaeng.
5. Amphawa Floating Market, Adding Color to your Weekend: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram
The Amphawa floating market is located on a river near Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram in Samut Sakhon province. This is the first evening market, and with its charming banks, it has easily attracted tourists from all around the country. The inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of classical Thai culture. There are also stalls on the riverbanks along with cafes where people can relax and sip coffee while taking in the wonderful atmosphere. The sound of the surroundings truly harks back the younger days of our grandparents.
6. Amphawa Chaipattana Foundation Floating Market: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram
The Amphawa Chaipattana Foundation is a program arranged by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to improve the land for the residence of Amphawa. For the sake of the people, the program aims to spread the teachings of the locals and preserve their way of life. The air is full of the culture and long history of its people.
7. Relax to the Fullest at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: Ratchaburi
The Damnoen Saduak floating market is older than a hundred years and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ratchaburi. To this day, the market retains its classical look with its boats filled with goods and merchants wearing straw hats. This makes the market a charming attraction for foreign and Thai tourists alike where they can witness a traditional way of life and shop at the floating markets.
8. Fort Surasi Floating Market: Kanchanaburi
If anyone wants to visit the beautiful places featured in Prommitr Film’s King Naresuan and have a truly Thai experience, they are in luck as Kanchanaburi Fort Surasi has opened to the public. It has become a new tourist attraction for the Kanchanburi province.
9. Don Wai Floating Market: Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom
The Don Wai floating market is a new attraction near Bangkok that is worth visiting as it has retained its wooden architecture from the time of King Rama VI. Along the Chinese-style docks are merchants selling souvenirs and snacks, and there are agricultural markets open everyday at Wat Don Wai. There are also boat rides for tourists to take in the soothing environment.
10. Chill Out in the 4 Regions Floating Market: Pattaya, Chonburi
The newest attraction in Pattaya is the 4 Regions floating market, an eco-friendly tourist destination as well as a center for activities and diversity in the area. It brings together the four regions in Pattaya to share their unique cultural products and serve as a site for tourism. Cultures meet here to become a new shopping destination that gives a truly memorable experience.
11. Takien Floating Market: Bangkruay, Nonthaburi
The Takien floating market is another destination found in Bangkok and is actually located in Wat Takien in the Bangkruay district in the Nonthaburi province. It is a small market with a large variety of food that emphasizes the local culture. Those who come to visit can also pay their respects at Wat Takien.
12. Bang Nam Pueng Floating Market, Phra Pradaeng Samut Prakan
The Bang Nam Pueng reflects the lives of the locals who have a deep relationship with the river. Locals came together to organize the floating market in order to sell local products and build a living and source of income for their community. The place is brimming with the simple life of those living along the river, truly adding to the feel of their food, their boats, and their products. Visitors can also have a shot at rowing boats down the river, cycling up and down along the banks, venturing to agricultural farms, or participating in some of the local arts and crafts.
13. Ayothaya Floating Market: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
The Ayothaya floating market, the largest floating market in Ayutthaya, is located near the Ayothaya Elephant village next to Wat Maheyong. It is a traditional market surrounded by a lush environment like those found in ancient times. As well as the market, there are many beautiful sites and cute stores where pictures can be taken. There is also a boat ride service for tourists to fully experience the beauty of the river for the very cheap price of 20 baht. Many performances are also available for visitors to attend like fiery sword dances and elephant circuses.
14. Wat Lampaya Floating Market: Nakon Pathom
The Wat Lampaya floating market is another attractive tourist destination, and their products are handmade by the locals. Visitors can appreciate the lives of the people living along the river as well as pay their respects to the Luangphor Mongkol Malanimit, the Buddhist statue found at the nearby temple.
15. Mahanakorn Floating Market: Lat Krabang, Bangkok
The Mahanakorn Floating market is a large market found in Bangkok. It is located near the Lat Krabang neighborhood next to the motorway and not very far from the main road. Those who opt to take public transportation can easily ride the bus to the market. The floating market is divided into three distinct zones: food, clothes, and appliances. There are also many fun activities to participate in.