When mentioning Thailand tourism, almost foreign tourists usually think of Bangkok, where has palace; magnificent golden temples, sliver temples or busy commercial centers to Pattaya with beautiful beaches, etc. However, Thailand tourism also attracts tourists with floating markets that symbolize Thailand’s unique culture and daily rural life.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Located about 1.5 hours from Bangkok is the most popular tourist floating market in Thailand known as Damnoen Saduak. The market has areas for locals and tourists. The area for visitors is focused crowded street performers as well as souvenir stalls. Meanwhile, the area towards Khun Phitak sells a variety of tropical fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan and local dishes like grilled fish. Indochina tours Thailand
The trafficking of people at the floating markets mostly takes place in the early morning, about 6 am with agricultural products and other essential items of people. From 8 am is time for stands that sever tourists when visiting Damnoen Saduak. Here, you can sit in a boat along the river or walk the banks to watch the bustle of the river, depending on your preference.
Amphawa Floating Market
Located 50 kilometers from Bangkok, Amphawa offers a more authentic experience than Damnoen Saduak. Easily the most popular market with Thai locals, Amphawa is an entire neighborhood community that turns into a Disneyland-like floating market on the weekends. tours in Thailand
It is cute and fun, very authentic with many little wooden houses neatly lined up along the canal, selling souvenirs and of course a lot of snacks and sweets – the cooked to order seafood here is probably the sweetest that you will ever get to taste. Amphawa market is only open from Friday to Sunday from 12 pm – 8 pm and starts to get busy around 3 pm.
Tailing Chan Floating Market
Tailing Chan Floating market is 12 kilometers from Bangkok. It is very easy for you to visit without having to book a tour before or even has to wake up early at 6 am. If you do not have own vehicle, you can catch a train to the last station called Wongwian Yai and from there catch a taxi to Tailing Chan with just 150 baht. Compared with many other famous markets, Tailing Chan is more authentic and rustic.
Taling Chan is famous for its fresh selection of roasted seafood. If you show up on Saturday morning, you will see a bunch of tables filled with people devouring crab legs, huge roasted prawns and the all famous roasted snake head fish.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Khlong Lat Mayom is one of three floating market that are located less than 20 kilometers from Bangkok. To come here, visitors can catch a taxi from Wongwian Yai (last station Silom Line route). Although Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is not as large as Damnoen Saduak or crowded as Amphawa, it brings the appeal and authenticity of rural market. And maybe you are the only foreigners walking around here. You can spend a few hours here and then visit the biggest floating market – Taling Chan floating market which is only a few kilometers.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is like a garden oasis, full of green trees, cool shade, and it is in a much more relaxed environment than the two mentioned above. Though there are plenty of shops and countless options for food, the market remains calm and low-key. It is a great place to unwind, and partake in a lovely meal on the edge of the canal.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Bang Nam Pheung is close to Bangkok, only about 20 kilometers on the “green lung” of Bangkok. There are only just enough boats for it to be called a floating market, but this is certainly no tourist trap and it is lovely to wander among the locals sampling some delicious Thai food and buying local handmade crafts. The shade of trees and the mangrove offers a pleasant break from the humidity.
A floating market, although touristy, is a wonderful first time experience to have. Make sure however that you have a hat, some sensible shoes, water and of course plenty of baht to barter for your handicrafts.