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Sanjana Arora
I am pursuing mass comm diploma. I am a Photographer and love to travel and explore different cultures.
Published: Sep 07, 2018 | 17 Views

Best way to reach floating market - bangkok


Get ready with your reusable bags and hop into boats for some shopping in Bangkok. Yes, this is the best surprise or you can say shock for the people who are totally unaware of this concept.

This is the whole new shopping experience you are ever going to have. Floating markets of Bangkok are very famous around the world. People are amused by the idea of buying and selling groceries, traditional dresses, and food right in the middle of the water.

Earlier these markets were very common because Water Transportation was an important part of our lives but today many of these markets are mere Tourist attractions.

Grocery shopping could not get more exciting than this. Let’s have a look at a few floating markets in Bangkok to give you a taste of these vibrant social hubs.

1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This market is one of the most popular and touristy floating markets of the world. It is a traditional floating market as it gives you a deep understanding of the bygone way of life. You can see this floating market on Bangkok postcards.

You will get a lot of photo opportunities here because of the vibrant colors and beautiful views that you can show off once back home.

There is an endless array of boats. The best way to see this market is on motorized long tail boats. Paddle boats are much cheaper than these boats. You can also book yourself a cruise ride that will take you through the villages

This market is famous for tasty and juicy fruits. You’ll get to eat other food items as well, like boat noodles, the famous chicken and pork rice, fish, freshly made coconut pancakes and much more.

Be aware of the scammers as this market is tourist-oriented, mostly everything is overpriced. There are some shops that are set up at the banks of the canal. You can buy souvenirs from these shops.

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 12:00 (every day)

How to get there

  • You can board a bus from Southern Bus Terminal to Samut Sangkhram Ratchaburi province. There are buses leaving after every 40 min from 06:00 am
  • You can also barter a local taxi driver for a round trip.
  • You can also take a private tour service.

Best time to visit

It's far (109 km south of Bangkok or approximately two-hour drive outside Bangkok) and therefore requires a very early morning wake up, around 5:00 am.

You can see this market at it’s best between 08:00 am to 10:00 am. At this time the market is flooded with vendors and tourists. Though it is crowded during peak hours but that is what is worth looking for.

2. Taling Chan Floating market

This is the nearest floating market to the Bangkok. It is the busiest and renowned floating market as it is far more genuine than the other markets. This market is yet to be converted into a full-fledged tourist attraction.

This vibrant market is not very popular but has the right amount of everything you need. You’ll get to explore Thai culture more closely as unlike other touristy markets, this market is mostly visited by locals.

It is famous for flowers and seafood. You can enjoy a nice seafood lunch sitting on the floor with locals or some snacking and munching on prawns, crabs etc. You can also get a foot massage under a tree or go for a ride on long tail boats or just do some window shopping.

While riding through the canals you will get an insight of the lives of the people living by the water. Whether it’s Thai people or tourists, food is irresistible. Locals come out to this market to satisfy their taste buds and it makes you feel like you are one of them.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 16:00 (weekends only)

How to get there

  • Located 12 km outside Bangkok it is still easily accessible.
  • No need to take any private tour service
  • You can ride the BTS until the last station 'Wongwian Yai' then gets a taxi for about 150 baht.
  • You can ride a bus for an hour from the central world(Bus no. 79 or 83)
  • You can take a taxi also.

Best time to visit

As this market is closer to the city, no need to wake up at 06:00 in the morning.

Visit according to suitable weather.

3. Amphawa Floating Market

This is an authentic floating market located 90 km south west of Bangkok and have exclusively Thai visitors. It has been ranked as the second largest floating market of the city by a Bangkok magazine.

It is a weekend, afternoon and evening market. This market is was founded in 17 century but the essence is still young and vibrant.

The main draw is exotic seafood grilled on wooden boats. You can buy seafood according to the weight, prices are as expected at the floating market. If you don’t want to take a boat ride you can also take a long walk by the brownish water to the famous central bridge or you can book yourself a balcony seat in one of the restaurants.

There are shops all along the river selling Amphawa souvenirs. After walking and shopping you can take a tour to breathe some fresh air and the feel breeze after the heat of the market.

There are two tours, the temple Tour and the Island tour. Both costs 50 Baht per person for joined tours. You can also take a private tour that costs around 500 baht.

On the other side of the Mae Khlong River, there is a temple called Wat Bang Koong which shouldn’t be missed if you came here. The temple is completely swallowed by the roots of a tree except for the door and windows. A golden Buddha is seated inside the temple.

There is a mini zoo set on temple grounds. You’ll also visit a couple of small temples here. You can also stay overnight. There are many homestays which can add to your experience as a whole.

Opening Hours: Friday Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 21:00

Some places are open outside these hours.

How to get there

  • You can take a Bus from the Southern bus terminal, Bangkok. It takes 1.5 hours to Amphawa.
  • You can also hire a private taxi.
  • There is no train service.

Best time to visit

This is a very popular place among Bangkokians that past noon It becomes impossible to walk.

It is suggested to come around 10:00 and leaves post lunch to avoid the crowd.

4. Koh Kret Island Floating Market

Koh Kret is an artificial island village in the middle of the Chao Phraya River situated north of Bangkok. It is a green getaway for locals as well as tourists. It’s a one day trip out of the city and a completely different world, more relaxed, a bit slow but enjoyable. It’s an escape for locals from the big city for relaxation.

The place is famous for the environment that it curates, pottery markets, Buddhist temples, shopping stalls, food stalls that serve famous Tort man (deep fried patties of groundfish) and much more.

It brings out the best local attractions to display for people to buy. You can buy cutlery, fresh produce, collect pottery, take small naps in the wooden boat and much more.

It’s a big island so exploring it on foot can be a bit tiring. You can take famous motorcycle taxis to get around the place.

How to get there

  • For weekdays, take Chao Phraya Express boat’s ‘green flag’ express that leaves every 20 minutes from Pak Kret. It will drop you at Nonthaburi, which is about 12 km from the center of Bangkok is the place from where you can board smaller long tail boats. It will take around 15-20 minutes to get to the island.
  • You can easily get here by getting on bus 33 and bus 166.
  • You can also take a taxi.

Best time to visit

You can visit this market at any time. However, if you want to avoid crowd visit on weekdays. But the best time to visit is on weekends (weekend market).

5. Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market

It is one of the old traditional markets which is famous for its irresistible Thai dishes. It is mostly known for fish and fruit market centers. The main tourist attraction is its traditional essence.

Early morning you can see monks coming by boat on their daily 'tak baat' (alms round). This market offers a wide range of farm -fresh produce

Opening Hours: 04:00 - 07:00 (every day)

How to get there

  • The market is located at the bank of Noi-Khlong Om River. You can rent a boat from Chang Pier (in Bangkok), to reach Noi-Khlong Om-Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market.
  • You can also catch a boat from Wat Chalo Pier for a 45-minute ride to Bang Kruai (5 baht), which is a much cheaper option. It runs every 15 minutes from 05:00 - 20:00.
  • Take a taxi or Tuk-tuk from the market.

Best time to visit

Anytime between 04:00 to 07:00

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I am pursuing mass comm diploma. I am a Photographer and love to travel and explore different cultures.
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