What would you plan in your Thailand customized tour? Most people would come up with floating markets! In this article, MyProGuide would like to introduce 5 of the most famous floating markets for you to check out. Every floating market has its unique features and must-go reasons. It is also the best way to experience local Thailand life.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous floating market of Bangkok. Although Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is surely a commercial floating market, there are still quite a lot of places worth a customized tour! Most of the stands come out to do business from the morning until noon. It could be the first stop to arrange here and take a boat ride on the floating market, which would take about half an hour. You can prepare a hat and a thin coat to prevent from suntan.
If it’s your first-time visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, get yourself ready to be surprised by such bustle of trade there. The price has no standard at all, so before you buy something, strike a bargain!
1. Take BTS to Mo chit, or MRT to Chatuchak Park.
2. Transfer bus (22.214.171.124.126.96.36.1997.529) to Mo Chit bus main station, then take mini van or taxi.
07:00～12:00 everyday, more fancy on weekends.
หมู่ 9 Tambon Damnoen Saduak, Amphoe Damnoen Saduak, Chang Wat Ratchaburi 70130 Thailand
Amphawa Floating Market
The Amphawa Floating Market, which is only available on weekends, is the second most popular floating market in Bangkok. The main visitors come from locals. The rivers here are relatively large, and the vendors are mainly the shops on both sides of the land. They can stop and go at their own wills. Also, the types of stores are quite diverse, including cafes, restaurants, clothing stores, small groceries, etc.
You can find many gourmet snacks on the Amphawa Floating Market. Dining at the riverside is possible if you have doubts on hygiene, you can also go for the restaurants on the bridge.
The best feature of Amphawa water market is that you can take a boat trip at night to watch the fireflies. Although it is far away from downtown Bangkok, the firefly experience is really worth a try. MyProGuide would recommend arriving at afternoon, then stay overnight near the Amphawa Floating Market.
If you’re not yet experienced or don’t know Thai well, we wouldn’t recommend you to go to the floating market alone without being fully prepared, since the inconvenient transportation and communication would be time-consuming and inefficient. Without effective communication, many cases such as finding a local ship owner to take a boat, often lead to lots of controversies. Myproguide Ruth Ali, a local Thai who speaks your language, will be your perfect solution! He will help you enjoy the best part of Bangkok without any trouble.
Take BTS from Bangkok to Bang Wa station, then take a taxi to Busan old station (about 100 baht for taxis), then take the mini van to the Amphawa Floating Market. This way is cheaper, but pay attention to the timetable of the shuttle.
(1 baht = 0.031 USD)
08:00～21:00 Friday and Saturday
Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram, Amphawa 75110, Thailand
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is almost the market for Bangkok residents, which makes it the greatest charm to get close to the livings of Thai locals. Despite its convenient transportation, there are hundreds of thousand kinds of food to try out in the market, including some you’ve never seen before in downtown Bangkok.
Just to name a few:
Fried pork skin, various skewers, roasted pigs, vegetables,.. and many snacks that have no name, very worth for treasure hunt.
The quality of fruits is also first-class here, and because the tourists are less, the prices are also lower.
Taking a customized tour for boat ride is certainly an indispensable experience for the floating market. The boat ride of Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is fixed price. 1.5-hour itinerary with 2 stops: a small local temple and an orchid garden, each person 100 baht. The boat can take 25 passengers maximum. The Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is weekend limited, and it is closer to downtown Bangkok, which is less than 20 kilometers far.
Take BTS to Bang Wa and transfer taxi with around 100 baht (3.1 USD)
1 baht = 0.031 USD
Soi Bang Ramat, Bang Phrom, Khet Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
8:00～17:00 Saturday and Sunday
Taling Chan Floating Market
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Taling Chan Floating Market is the nearest sightseeing floating market from Bangkok, only 12 kilometers away!
Although it is less famous than other floating markets, it is close to downtown Bangkok, suitable for people with limited time. Since it is only a 10-minute-drive from Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, booking a customized tour to visit both of them is definitely a clever and efficient choice!
Taling Chan Floating Market is a weekend market and is open all day. Locals and tourists will also come to this floating market to enjoy shopping and food. Although it is small in scale, it also remains the local characteristics of Thailand.
Take BTS to Wongwian Yai, take bus 79 at exit 1 or take taxi.
324 Chak Phra 19 – Chim Phli, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
08:00～17:00 Saturday and Sunday
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market locates on Phra Pradaeng in the suburbs of Bangkok. It is the weekend daytime limited floating market and the smallest one of all the floating markets introduced today. Although the traffic here needs to be connected to the ferry, then the motorcycle or bicycle, which seems more troublesome. But in fact, the traffic time is very short and you will not get exhausted. If you live in the eastern part of Bangkok, the customized tour to Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market is perfect.
The Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market will be specially introduced because it is located in the “Lung of Bangkok,” which is very popular in Bangkok in recent years, where you can enjoy unspoiled nature.
However, if you are highly expecting on the floating market, you should note that there are no boats available and no vendors on the waterway since most of them are on land. It is purely a market by the river. If you really want to experience the boat trip, you are recommended to turn to other larger floating markets; but if you want to enjoy the natural and local feelings, then of course you can consider Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market!
BTS Bang Na station, shuttle to Bang Nam Phueng Nok Pier. Take motorcycle to the market (about 5 to 10 min)
ถนน บัวผึ้งพัฒนา Bang Kobua, Amphoe Phra Pradaeng, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10130 Thailand
8:30~17:00 Saturday and Sunday