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Floating Market Bangkok 

One of the image before coming to Thailand for me many travelers was the beaches, temples, and floating market, OK, massages too. Many of these floating markets are today very popular and have lost their authenticity. Quite a distance from Bangkok and early wake up can discourage a number of tourists but still can visit three of them which are open late afternoon and are close to the city. if you traveling on the low season you will have the advantage to not be surrounded by hordes of tourists.

Amphawa Floating Market BoardAmphawa

A popular attraction for both Thai and foreigners. 75 km from Bangkok, Amphawa (mean district) Samut Songkhram is the orchard and smallest province of the country. Not a real floating market but few small boats where you can order seafood, huge prawns, shellfish, squid grilled, and enjoy eating on tiny tables along little beautiful wooden houses, bars, restaurants, and souvenirs shops. Very busy around the central bridge. Many visitors spent only the day and back to Bangkok late afternoon. Most of the Boat Vendors at Amphawa Floating Marketshops and restaurants close at 19.00 – 20.00

Paddling to the Market Amphawa

 

 

Longtail boat tour, temples, and the island are organized – 50 baht. But I prefer to rent a boat 600 baht, after negotiation, I got it for 400 baht/3 persons, including island tour, the Wat Bang Kung (temple in a banyan tree) a historical place, and also a Muay Thai boxing academy, mini zoo, camels, horses, peacock, deer. Around 2hrs. You can go for an island tour only as well.

Street Chef CookingOn the late afternoon have a walk around to the lively local market. Small carts in the street crab egg salad, ice cream sandwiches, lot of Thai sweets, fruits, and other arrays of local food.

I recommend to stay for a night and maybe you can have a chance to see the firefly. Also, allow you to experience the morning offering alms to the monk and leave early to visit Tha Kha floating market. Many Guesthouse, hostels, resorts, and homestay.  I always stay at baanrak amphawa, a small hotel along the klong at reasonable price.

Very busy market on weekend. Open on the weekday but few vendors.

How to Get There

From BTS Mo Chit, minivan 80-100 baht same van to Damnoen Saduak as well. First trip 05.00

By bus and van from the southern bus station (sai tai mai) 1-hour drive to Amphawa 05.40 – 21.00

By taxi faster, bargain (1200 to 1600 baht) around 1 to 2 hours

But I think the best and enjoyable way is by the Train market

Tha Kha recommended

Monk on Boat for Morning AlmsGet up early to enjoy the sunrise(06.00), and after offering alms to the monk, to wakes you up, a 15 minutes tuk-tuk ride to this lovely floating market. There you can have a Thai breakfast in a peaceful and fun atmosphere. Tha Kha is a small community life market, local trade, still far from the tourist’s trap, still, keep a character of authenticity and vendors are very friendly. If you visit a floating market, this is the one. And please go for the rowboat tour, not later than 07.30, change of scenery guaranteed. 200 Baht/boat, 45 minutes.

Breakfast Time at Ta Kha

Early Morning Tha Kra Floating Market

 

 

 

 

 

Every Saturday – Sunday. Weekday only 2nd, 7th, and 12th days of the lunar calendar

Be there at 06.30 – 07.00 no tourists

Open 06.00 – 14.00

To Go There

Take a Tuk-tuk from Amphawa 300 baht 2 ways. Ask your hotel to book the day before. Keep in mind tuk-tuk driver is never on time. On your way back give him the time you wish to leave, and don’t worry he will be there. For those who arrive from Bangkok to Mae Klong railway, folding umbrella market can take a songthaew, 15 minutes ride.

Damnoen SaduakDamnoen Saduak

100 km from Bangkok, close to Amphawa, belong to the past and is not a real floating market anymore, but a nice place for photographers. Try to be there before 07.30. From 09.00, very busy. Tourists bus, longtail boats arrive from everywhere, and then it’s more a “bumper cars” than a floating market.

Floating Market Close to Bangkok

Bang Phli

140+ years old market, one of the oldest. 30 km from Bangkok. Wooden walkways and shophouses. Some boat vendors

Going There

From bearing BTS station hire a taxi, around 30 minutes to Bang Phli. Not many tourists

Open 08.00 – 16.00

Lat Mayom Floating MarketKlong Lat Mayom 

Mean gooseberry tree. The most recent but lively floating market not too far from Bangkok. Klong Lat Mayom is more a local market, only a few small boat vendors prepare cheap and good local dishes, try the fresh coconut, rice flour sweet and icy sugar in a bamboo. Have a walk around the area, wooden houses and slow lifestyle along the canal and orchard. Boat tour for a pleasant change of scenery – minimum 3 persons, 10 baht/person. 40 minute.

It’s a very Popular market with locals at weekends, try to be there early

how To Go There

20 km from Bangkok. Take a taxi from Bang Wa BTS station 100 to 150 baht

Weekend only – open 08.00 – 16.30

From there you can take a songthaew to Taling Chan outside the market, “Talat Nam Taling Chan

Taling Chang Floating MarketTaling Chan close to Klong Lat Mayom and Bangkok

Very close to Bangkok, small but busy, short boat trip on the Klong. Lot of food, a nice escape from the city and for a lunch along the riverside

Weekend only

Best Way To Go There

Express boat from Saphan Taksin station or other piers to Phra Pinklao bridge and a short drive by taxi

Open 08.00 – 16.00

Which one is your favorite?

If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out

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