Top 10 Floating Markets in Thailand
A floating market is a market which is located in body of the water and from which things are sell from boat. Floating Markets are one of the biggest attractions in Thailand that is directly cooked and served from boat. Visiting floating market in the weekend is one of the best things to do in Thailand. Following are some popular floating markets in Thailand that worth your time.
1) Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the best known and most popular tourist floating market in Thailand. It’s huge and full of boats selling fruits and food. Best time to visit this market is the early morning. Hundreds of vendors and purchasers are selling and buying their foods, fruits and various tasty dishes of Thai food on small boats. You must see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying goods.
2) Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa is the second most popular market in Thailand which is located 90 km south west of Bangkok. Amphawa floating market is situated on the canals close to Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram. It is a very authentic with many little wooden houses neatly lined up along the canal. You should test snacks and sweets. You must visit the Wat Bang Kung temple which has been overgrown with giant banyan tree.
3) Taling Chan Floating Market
Taling Chan is famous for fresh roasted seafood. It is third most visited floating market and only 12 km from Bangkok. Most popular dishes are crab legs, huge roasted prawns and famous roasted snake head fish. Taling Chan is open all days. Sweets and spicy food will be the best part of the Taling Chan floating market. Many of the vendors are selling difference kind of products.
4) Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is located in southern Bangkok. This market is on garden which is full of green trees, cool shades and having a relaxed environment. It is located just near to Taling Chan floating market having all kinds of fun sweets and fruits. In Khlong Lat Mayom floating market, one side is dedicated to the fresh market which contains most beautiful veggies and fruits and other side sells all kinds of colorful snacks and sweets and cooked food.
5) Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
Bang Nam Phueng floating market is smallest of all active markets located in an area of Bangkok known as Phra Pradaeng. Bang Nam Phueng is near to Bangkok about 20 km but it is not easy to reach without your own transportation. Even taxis might not know the way. The market surrounding the canal is very beautiful, while walking around in the shade of trees and through the mangrove is very unique. Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market is definitely full of surprises!
6) Tha Kha Floating Market
Tha Kha floating market has mant boat vendors selling to local people. It is same as a Damnoen Saduak but there are hardly any foreign tourists here. Tha Kha floating market having fruit and vegetables but also contains some OTOP products made by local people. You can go for boat tour of the local canals which is very cheap that is really enjoyable.
7) Don Wai Floating Market
Don Wai floating market is a Riverside Market. You can also join a boat tour of the local river. This market is too hot in the sun if there aren’t any shelters. This market was famous for the boiled ducks. But at this time, it is having various varieties of food like curries, snacks and Thai sweets. People weren’t going to the market just to buy food. They were going to eat at floating markets that lined the river.
8) Bang Noi Floating Market
Bang Noi floating market is a riverside market from short distance north of the Amphawa market. This is an old market over one hundred years. At one time hundreds of vendors and local people used to gather here to buy and sell. Bang Noi floating market has a lot of shops containing various varieties of delicious food. You can also join boat tour with great experience.
9) Ayothaya Floating Market
Ayothaya floating market is one of the new purpose built floating market to the north of Bangkok. It is just next door to the Elephant Camp. You can enjoy elephant ride before visiting this market. This market is more traditional having shops with handicraft and souvenirs as well as lots of delicious food. You can also enjoy boat rides around the canal and also watch shows. You can easily spend an hour at this floating market.
10) Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market
Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market is a second purpose built floating market in Ayutthaya. This market is only open at the weekends and is more kind of dinner theatre experience. In this market, you can enjoy Water Theatre, Dinner Theatre and buffet. To enjoy Theatre and buffet, prices will be same for both Thai people and foreigners. You can enjoy these shows after buying food from vendors. Each one show is different. This market is open at the weekend.