Bangkok is one of the most visited tourist centers and I bet you, it is not difficult to see the reason. So you are planning a vacation to Bangkok and you are wondering where to go? The floating markets in Bangkok are absolutely wonderful. And guess what? You don’t have to wake up by 5am to beat the crowd and traffic to get a good spot. And the best part is, you get that wonderful cuisine with that beautiful scenery. Enjoy the fruits and vegetables as well in the beautiful atmosphere with your boat tour guide.
Be aware that the floating markets are not really markets that float on water as the name depicts but they are markets situated at the riverside for that beautiful experience. Some of the most popular floating markets and their description for a better holiday experience are given below.
Though it is not as large as Damnoen Saduak, Amphawa is the second most famous floating market around Bangkok and offers a real-life experience of a floating market. Constituting a lot of Thai locals, the cuisine chiefly boasts of a delicious seafood-based delight; shellfish, prawns, squid, etc… From afternoon till evening, the seafood is grilled for customers and the aroma is an absolute enticer. The food is also quite cheap so you don’t have to go over your budget whilst trying to enjoy the trip. You can enjoy the outdoor experience of sitting on wooden ledges while you eat under the clear sky or go into the restaurants close by with real tables and chairs.
Get your souvenirs and snacks and ice cream anywhere in the market and enjoy a full tour of the area. Amphawa has beautiful scenery for you to enjoy a stroll and take beautiful pictures. The market is usually crowded so you can enjoy the cool breeze from the riverside. Take a boat tour around the area and see the temples, though small but each possesses a unique personality, ranging from small museum houses to the beautiful temple, Wat Bang Koong, entangled in the roots of a huge tree. There is also a lovely mini-zoo set on the grounds. Amphawa is an absolutely beautiful and authentic floating for both the locals and tourists to enjoy.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Bangkok has quite a number of floating markets but the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most visited. Almost all tourists that visit Thailand end up here. It is not hard to see why though. This has very beautiful scenery for wonderful pictures. There are also fruits, vegetables, and food so you do not get hungry as you enjoy the view. Though you might experience a little traffic getting here due to its popularity, do not be put off. You can get an early start to avoid the heat in the afternoon and take the tour which is usually the fastest way to get here.
The short trip to the market exposes you to the sugar industry. This wonderful people have found different ways to utilize sugar and coconut.
Take your time to stroll through the market and enjoy the picturesque quality of the fruit vendors and their delicious wares. The environment is absolutely wonderful. The Damnoen Saduak really delivers that floating market experience.
Talin Chan Floating Market
Though a small market, the Talin Chan floating market offers a very genuine experience of the floating market to both Thai and tourists alike. You do not even have to book reservations days before your trip and you would not have to waste your entire day trying to enjoy the experience. It provides wonderful scenery for your photos and of course, we cannot mention a weekend floating market without mentioning food. There is a lot of food available and you can even get a very affordable foot massage. It is a very wonderful and genuine package indeed.
To add to the whole experience, Thai traditional musicians also provide music. Music while you eat!
Also carry cash when going to the market especially if you want the services of the masseuses as you might not find anyone accepting smart cards.
Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Open during the weekends and even public holidays from 9:30am to 4:30pm, Klong Lat Mayom is quite close to Bangkok. Klong Lat Mayom offers you the beauty and authenticity of the Thai local market which is unique to it without all the crowdedness of the other markets.
Though it is more a riverside market than it is a floating market, it still offers every bit of excitement the other markets have. Try out new dishes even if you do not know their names. There is a little ranch close by for your children to enjoy pony rides. This will definitely highlight the experience for them and provide you with the chance to take beautiful pictures of happy memories. Further into the market, you can purchase clothes, accessories and other souvenirs to help you remember the trip. The best part is the price; they are cheap. Make the best use of your morning by combining a visit to Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market with that of Talin Chan as both markets are close to each other and you do not have to wake up too early to meet up.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Though it has only a few boats and could better be described as a riverside market, the Bang Nam Pheung floating market is situated in an area of the Chao Phraya River dubbed “the Green Lung of Bangkok”, a unique name depicting a loop of untouched nature. It is really charming.
Expect the usual seafood meal and noodles here as well. It has a lot of Thai visitors, is authentic and has a lot of snacks and sweets. The people are quite friendly. Though relatively smaller than the other markets, it is still beautiful and offers a similar variety in the culture and cuisine of the Thai. A truly delightful experience.