Visiting floating markets in Bangkok is an experience that you should not miss on your trip to the capital of Thailand. Indeed, local floating markets are not only the busy commercial centers or night markets in the city but also cultural highlights in the land of the Golden Temple.

Less than an hour away from Bangkok, the bustling floating markets attract tourists to visit. These floating markets usually open on weekends, selling all kinds of agricultural products, seafood, and fruits,… You can refer to the 5 floating markets below for a food tour when visiting Bangkok this summer.

Damnoen Saduak

  • Address: Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi.
  • Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
damnoen saduak floating market in ratchaburi
Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi.

In fact, this is the oldest floating market in Thailand. It’s also a bustling area of ​​trading activities, crowded with tourists. Local traders always start the market early. This floating market is about an hour away from the center of Bangkok. Coming here, you can enjoy local foods right on the boat, and buy souvenirs.

They often row boats along the canals to introduce goods to visitors. Popular items here are usually tropical fruits, vegetables, specialties, and Thai snacks such as coconut ice cream, and mango ice cream,…

Additionally, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market has photo corners with colorful backgrounds from umbrellas and fruit piled up on boats and canoes. For convenience, you can book a Damnoen Saduak floating market tour in advance. The tour operator will pick you up at your hotel.

Amphawa

  • Address: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram.
  • Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.
amphawa floating market tour
It will take you about 1h30′ drive to Amphawa floating market from Bangkok.

Your trip to Thailand will be more colorful when you visit the Amphawa floating market. This market is about 50 km southwest of Bangkok. Amphawa market is not as big as Damnoen Saduak but has a strong local cultural breath of the people of the Golden Temple.

In addition, the market is a must-see destination for seafood lovers. It sells fresh seafood at a fairly soft price. You can enjoy prepared seafood dishes right on the wooden boat. However, although the price of seafood here is cheap, you should still check the price before buying. Otherwise, you can ask the tour guide or locals for places that sell delicious food at a good price.

Taling Chan

  • Address: Taling Chan, Bangkok.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
taling chan floating market tour
You can take a Taling Chan floating market tour when traveling to Bangkok, Thailand.

This floating market’s located right in Bangkok. Definitely, first-time visitors to the land of the Golden Temple or looking for a traditional market should visit this place. From the city center, you can go about 12 km to the market. Taling Chan Floating Market is small. It’s not as busy and crowded as Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa floating market.

The market’s atmosphere gives visitors the feeling of being immersed in the peaceful countryside. Taling Chan floating market focuses on small boats, mainly selling agricultural products and fresh fruits.

Khlong Lat Mayom

  • Address: Taling Chan, Bangkok.
  • Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
khlong lat mayom floating market tour in bangkok
You can easily take a Khlong Lat Mayom floating market tour right in Bangkok.

Also located in the Taling Chan district, this market is right next to Taling Chan floating market, about 20 km from the center of Bangkok.

Unlike some floating markets in Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayom has quite a few boats operating, goods are mainly sold at ground stalls. The attraction of the items at this market is the rather large fruit. From mango, banana, and pineapple to grapefruit, papaya is bigger than the usual size. Besides that, the market sells many fancy clothes and accessories.

Bang Nam Phueng

  • Address: Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan.
  • Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
bang nam phueng floating market bangkok
It takes about a 40′ drive to Bang Nam Phueng floating market from Bangkok.

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market is more than 20 km from Bangkok, located on the Bang Nam Pheung River. A special feature of this market is the surrounding green space. If you are afraid of the hustle and bustle, you can choose to visit Bang Nam Pheung market in the early morning.

The market is also an ideal place to enjoy local dishes of Thailand such as Hoy Tod fried eggs, Gai Yang grilled chicken skewers, Ba Mee Moo pork noodles, and Miang Kham salad.

Like Khlong Lat Mayom market, Bang Nam Pheung floating market does not have many boats. The stalls are mainly sold on the ground.

Extra, besides the floating markets, travelers to Bangkok also take tours:

Enjoy, and have a great trip to the floating markets in Bangkok, Thailand!


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20 COMMENTS

  1. So many good stuff to buy and take home. I’ve never been to a floating market, hoping visit the ones in Thailand soon 🙂

  2. This is interesting, I’ve seen some people going around there and visit their market. I will keep these in mind. Thank you for sharing!

    • Don’t forget to add the floating markets into your plan when visiting Bangkok. Your trip will be so much enjoyable.

  3. I totally love Thailand, they have so many things to offer for tourist. Especially this floating markets is just a great experience for tourist. I just loved it!

  4. I have been there! I was a lucky one, and I have visited Thailand three times already. I loved floating markets, and I brought cool stuff with me in suitcase.

  5. Wow! I always see these markets and wonder how it feels like being in one. I would like to start with the Taling Chan.

  6. I have never been to a floating market before but I plan to visit Bangkok soon and will add this to my bucket list.

  7. This is a unique experience. We actually had the chance to visit Damnoen Saduak and was able to buy a few items. Looking forward to visiting the other floating markets next time. 🙂

  8. I really want to visit one of these someday! It’s such a neat way to live and have community. I love the photos, too!

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