Bangkok Attractions: The Floating Markets
Brightly colored food and clothing, and vibrant locals along the riverside make visiting the Floating Markets in Thailand a one of a kind cultural experience.
Go to any one of the many floating markets in Bangkok and you will see a market of shops on canoes with locals engaged in buying and selling all sorts of goods, and speed boats zooming past along nearby canals.
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Floating markets are also a great place to go to get cheap, authentic Thai “street-food” cuisine from locals who have been at their craft for years. Each day the market begins bright and early, before 7:30, and goes on until around 12:30, just after lunch.
Map of Floating Markets in Bangkok
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These Floating markets have become a cultural icon for Thailand and Bangkok, and are an attraction that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Thailand. Many tourists visit the riverside canals for a unique shopping experience, and crowds have become common-place.
Crowds are especially notorious at some of the most popular markets; expect to browse shoulder to shoulder. More obscure floating markets exist for those visitors shy of large crowds.
Most Notorious Floating Markets
For the classic, most iconic cultural experience of Thai Floating markets, visit, Damnernsaduak, a classic experience and most popular with visitors Bangkok.
Another renowned floating market is, Bang Khu, the easiest to get to from Bangkok.
Floating Markets off the Beaten Path
For those travelers looking for a less crowded experience, visit a few floating markets off the beaten path. Taling Chan is a hidden gem, however buying and selling only takes place on weekends. Other classic floating markest where less tourists head are Tha Kha, Amphawa– located in Samut Songkram Lastsly, and Bang Nok Kwaek: renowned for its’ charm and historical scenery.
Dinner and a Show
A different kind of experience can be found at the Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market. For starters, it is only open on the weekends, and is notorious for dinner-time meals, and “dinner theater.” Buy a delicious authentic Thai meal from a local vendor, then grab a seat on the bank of the river and watch the show begin! There are various, different scheduled shows, which you may see once you pay the entrance fee into the Market.
Another spectacular way to experience Bangkok Floating Markets is from the very river that helps their economy thrive! Take it up a notch and board the Bangkok La Grande Sunset Dinner Cruise. Cruise along the river in the evening in luxury, and enjoy a four course meal, and of course, a show. Live music on-board and their very own French restaurant make this the ultimate mix experience of historical and modern when visiting the Floating Markets.
- Visiting the Floating Markets is one of the most culturally defining experiences of Thailand! It is truly not to be missed.
- Markets may be crowded full of tourists, and tend to get hot in the afternoon with or without people, so be sure to plan your schedule accordingly, and bring a fan and water bottle!