One of the main tourist attractions of Bangkok , besides its temples, are the floating markets that you will find throughout the capital , giving life to the channels of the Chao Phraya River you will find markets on both banks of these channels where you can buy all kinds of goods from your boat.
These floating markets frequented by locals are becoming increasingly famous among travelers who visit Bangkok, where buying some tropical fruit and local food cooked from the "floating kitchen" of these boats can become something really fun and an experience that You can not live anywhere, you also have a top of the best markets in Bangkok .
As throughout the Thai capital you will find different floating markets today I bring to you the best 5 you can find in the city, because I do not want you to waste your time looking for lots of opinions on the Internet but enjoying your trip to the fullest.
So keep this TOP 5 in your bookmarks and write it down well on paper because when you arrive in Bangkok you should enjoy these floating markets, yes or yes. Let's go there!
The best floating markets in Bangkok
#1. Floating market of Taling Chan
The market of Taling Chan is one of the floating markets closest to Bangkok, only a few kilometers (12km) away, a great experience if you want to buy in a different way, it is a small and traditional market to discover of authentic Thai life, you can enjoy a small trip by boat tasting some of the sea snacks that prepare in this market and sit in the shade of one of their trees to receive a foot massage.
Hours: Only open weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 324 Chakphra Road
How to get to the Taling Chan market: Bus lines 79 or 83, the market is in front of the Chang Taling District Office.
Recommendations: There are usually mosquitoes, it is recommended that you use repellent and appropriate clothing.
#2. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Also located in the Taling Chan district, the Khlong Lat Mayom Market is one of the most recent floating markets in Bangkok, it is one of the most authentic traditional Thai markets you can find and this is partly due to the tourists still They do not know this area too much.
Khlong Lat Mayom was opened due to the success of its older brother Taling Chan and its main difference is that it has a greater number of organic products grown locally, you will find shops from the boat or in the same land.
Hours: Only weekends 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 30/15 Moo 11 Talatnam Khlong Lat Mayom
How to get to Khlong Lat Mayom Market: By taxi from Wongwian Yai Station the last station of the Silom Line BTS line.
Recommendations: If you want to know more about Thai rural life, 90 minute boat trips are organized from the market.
#3. Amphawa floating market
The floating market of Amphawa is located 50km from Bangkok, it is definitely worth visiting, located in the Amphawa channel that gives its name to the market you will find more locals than travelers upon your arrival. In this market you can find crafts, clothing and a lot of food as usual in Thailand.
It is one of the most famous and tourist floating markets of Bangkok although the great majority of the tourism comes from the own premises, you will find restaurants from which to admire the views of the canal and the market but as the afternoon approaches you will find a site will be quite complicated.
Hours: From Friday to Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Amphawa District
How to get to the Amphawa Market: Take a taxi to the south bus station of Samut Songkhram and from there take a local songthaew (shared taxi) that will take you to the market.
Recommendations: dinner watching the sunset from one of the terraces with colorful market it can be a perfect end of day.
# 4 Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak floating market is the largest and most touristic in the city of Bangkok, a tourist paradise and place where you will find many foreigners, a fun and colorful experience when you arrive in this busy market, where sometimes even There is "caravan of boats" , it is not the most traditional floating market but on the return of your trip you will have incredible photos about these curious markets.
The colorful boats of street vendors abound in the market, perfect for buying exotic fruits, vegetables, fish or seafood.
Hours: Every day from 07:00 - 12:00
Location: Damnoen Saduak
How to get to market Damnoen Saduak: You can get from the southern bus terminal, the journey takes between one and two hours, once you get to the area you will find boats offering you approach the site.
Recommendations: Try to get as soon as possible so the market is not too saturated and do not forget to bring your camera to photograph the stamp of colors you'll find there.
#5. Floating Market of Tha Kha
The Tha Kha market is located in a small traditional village, the locals have visited this market for 60 years, it is near the markets of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa and it is a more traditional place than those named above, you will find smaller number of tourists, this market is much more difficult to visit because it only opens the waxing and waning moon days of the Thai lunar calendar.
Hours: 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Tha Kha, Amphawa
How to get to the Tha Kha Market: 10km from the Damnoen Saduak floating market, a direct taxi from Bangkok will cost around 500 bahts. Another option is to take a bus from the southern bus terminal to the Damnoen Saduak area.
Recommendations: Buy a Thai lunar calendar to see what days the floating market opens, there are excursions that will take you to this market and Amphawa together.
The best shopping centers in Bangkok
If you are thinking of going around Bangkok and buying something for your trip back, do not miss the MBK shopping center famous for its 7 product plants where you can find objects of all kinds from gifts for family and acquaintances to replicas of all kinds, as well you have near the shopping centers Central World and Terminal 21 perfect for a walk around its stores, see a movie in its cinemas and how not to delight with your food plant, if what you are looking for is technology I advise you to go through Pantip Plaza a shopping center reserved only for technological products, you will love it.
The best markets you'll find in Bangkok
If you want to put aside the shopping centers and opt for something more authentic in Thailand I recommend you take a walk through some of its street markets like the well-known Chatuchak Weekend Market, the Mae Klong train tracks market , the colorful flower market or its famous Patpong night market where the neon lights are reflected in the stands in one of the red areas of the Thai capital.
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