Immerse yourself into hustling floating markets around Bangkok

The floating markets in Bangkok are among the city's star attractions. Almost every traveller has a visit to at least one on their first trip here. The colours, chaos, flavours and atmosphere make it a unique experience, and the novelty of buying a snack from a passing boat takes some beating.

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 Let's take a look at some of the best floating markets in Bangkok for good reasons and so you can decide which has the atmosphere, the look and the location that's right for you.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak has been Thailand's best known floating market for a very long time, but that also makes it one of the most touristy ones. It's popularity comes, in no small part, from its use as a setting in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.

It's huge, lively, full of boats selling food and fruits, and it's colourful – exactly how people imagine a floating market would look like, with the opportunity to capture the perfect photo to show off once back home. It's also about 100 km away from Bangkok.

Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa is a very popular floating market in Thailand, located 90 km south-west of Bangkok. It's cute and fun and very authentic, with many little wooden houses neatly lined up along the canal, selling souvenirs, snacks and sweets. Don't miss the amazing little temple swallowed by a giant tree located across the river.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Taling Chan is one of our favourite floating markets near Bangkok as it has just the right amount of everything you could ask for from an iconic Bangkok attraction. Located only 12 km from downtown Bangkok, Taling Chan is open all day and has just enough boats to be called a floating market, plus a large local market attached to it. 

There are small longtail boat cruises to take you around the nearby khlongs (canals) and get a relaxing glimpse of the surrounding area.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom is a medium-sized floating market located really close to Bangkok. It's a really local market and you might be one of the very few foreigners around. The main market itself is on solid ground but it's very interesting with the chance to sample all kinds of fun sweets and fruits.

Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market

Bang Nam Pheung floating market is one of the smallest but also one of the closest to central Bangkok – only about 20 km away. Despite its modest size, the market has a very interesting choice of food to sample and a lovely location in 'The Lung of Bangkok': a relatively untouched sanctuary of nature protected by a curve in the river.

Tha Kha Floating Market

Tha Kha Floating Market is the smaller sibling of the nearby Damneon Saduak market. The market has a number of elderly Thais in their rowboats selling fruit, vegetables, local food, and delicious sweets. The main buyers here are the Tha Kha natives (also in rowboats). People here seem to know each other very well and there are often very few tourists around.


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