The Best Floating Markets in Bangkok


The amazing floating markets

One of the major attraction in Thailand is without any doubt the visit of an amazing floating market. The infinite rows of boats selling tropical fruits and grilled fishes are renown in the whole world after all the wonderful pics that came out from there, but these markets become more and more touristic, even if some kept their local clients and their traditions. Customers and tourists are still served the traditional way, sellers using a wooden stick to grab the money and to serve the client without leaving their boats. If you ever wanted to visit the best floating markets of Bangkok, follow the guide!

 

Damnoen Saduak floating market

You can’t visit Thailand or Bangkok without going to Damnoen Saduak floating market. Known as the most popular market in Thailand, most of the pics you saw of floating markets come from this one. As one of the biggest floating market this is where you’ll see the biggest concentration of boats selling food, souvenirs and handcraft items like traditional puppets. Of course every seller is wearing the traditional bamboo hat in order to protect themselves against the sun. Some stalls on the river bank complete the picture that you could also saw in James Bond movie. The best way to visit this place seems to be by boat, it will allow you to really appreciate the atmosphere of this kind of really particular market. Don’t hesitate to taste some of the fresh tropical fruits sold everywhere, or the delicious and cheap noodle soup. Damnoen Saduak is one of the most famous Thai floating market and it deserves it. For those who love history or cinema, keep in mind that the  Kwai Bridge isn’t far from this market.

How to get there?

Taxi instructions : ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก ราชบุรี

Here is the link of a company which propose several Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Full-day Tour

 

 Amphawa floating market

The second most famous floating market of Bangkok is Amphawa, only a few kilometres away from the city center, it is one of the oldest in Thailand and takes place here since the XVII century. Quite touristic it still remains more traditional and authentic than Damnoen Saduak. This is where the locals go shopping on week-end, so if you want to see how the locals shop, come during weekend, if possible at morning to avoid the crowd and the heat. Don’t miss the occasion to try all the seafood products offered to your eyes: shellfishes, crabs, prawns… After roaming around, it could be great to take a boat for another view of the market, the one sellers see every day. This boat can also bring you to some amazing and surprising temples in the other side of the river banks.

How to get there?

Taxi instructions : หน้าพระวิหารวัดอัมพวันเจติยาราม ตลาดน้ำอัมพวา ถนนประชาเศรษฐ อัมพวา

Here is the link of a company which propose a Amphawa Floating Market Tour

Taling Chan floating market

Another famous market but less touristic is only situated a few kilometers away from Siam, Taling Chan floating market is easy to reach by BTS or taxi. Considered as one of the last true floating market in Bangkok by locals, you’ll have a great and fun experience there. First of all, Taling Chan is open the whole day, who wants to wake up at 5 during holidays? You still should come before 10 am to avoid the warmth. The best way to discover this traditional market is to roam around, you also have the possibility to visit it by boat which give you another point of view of the floating markets. Among all the boats selling exotic fruits and fish, don’t miss the opportunity to try the big grilled prawns, cheap and delicious. This visit also allows you to discover the lifestyle of people leaving by and of the river. And don’t be freaked out by all the cat fish roaming around the boats looking for some leftovers. Their taste is so bad, locals don’t fish them.

How to get there?

Taxi instructions : ตลาดน้ำตลิ่งชัน

Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

Finally if you’re looking for a totally authentic and traditional atmosphere in floating markets, there is one place you have to go : Khlong Lat Mayom floating market. It is still populated mostly by locals. This market is situated near Taling Chan so you can easily discover both of them in a single day. You’ll find there all sorts of colourful tropical fruits you’ve never heard about. Besides these fruits, you can also buy there cheap clothes and souvenirs. This market in particular will give you the perfect inside view of Thai people’s daily life. Definitely a must see! Warning the market is only opened during week-ends!

How to get there?

Taxi instructions : ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม

Do not miss these exotics locations

With these places you’ll discover what a floating market looks like in Thailand. Again these are just a few examples but you can find many more around Bangkok, but these seems to be the best to see. Do not miss it and have fun while discovering these amazing and exotic locations!

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