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Floating Markets in Thailand

Thailandís Floating Markets are picturesque and a natural draw for visitors. It is easy to forget these are places of commerce just like normal markets!
 

Must see

Thailandís strong reliance on its inland waterways for communications and commerce created a strong relationship between the people and the water. Nowhere is this relationship is better represented than at Thailandís floating markets. Unlike regular markets, Floating Markets ('Talaat Naam') have sellers pack their wares onto small boats and jostle with each other for the attention of buyers alongside canals. Set against a country backdrop they are very picturesque and a natural draw for visitors. You should though keep in mind that these are equally as much a place of commerce as any of the regular markets you might visit. Occasionally youíll find people wandering around in traditional Thai clothing; these enhancements have been made by authorities and local businesses for the sake of visitors and their cameras. However, the Thai women paddling along the canal in their blue shirts ('Mor Hom') and flat-topped hats ('Muak Nob') are the real thing Ė they are here to make a living!

Thailand's main Floating Makets are all places you 'must see'.


Ratchaburi
Damnern Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the largest floating market in the vicinity and probably the one youíve seen on the postcards. The market will quickly fill up with groups of tourists. If you...
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Worth seeing

Thailandís strong reliance on its inland waterways for communications and commerce created a strong relationship between the people and the water. Nowhere is this relationship is better represented than at Thailandís floating markets. Unlike regular markets, Floating Markets ('Talaat Naam') have sellers pack their wares onto small boats and jostle with each other for the attention of buyers alongside canals. Set against a country backdrop they are very picturesque and a natural draw for visitors. You should though keep in mind that these are equally as much a place of commerce as any of the regular markets you might visit. Occasionally youíll find people wandering around in traditional Thai clothing; these enhancements have been made by authorities and local businesses for the sake of visitors and their cameras. However, the Thai women paddling along the canal in their blue shirts ('Mor Hom') and flat-topped hats ('Muak Nob') are the real thing Ė they are here to make a living!

If you are in Thailand long enough, a visit to a Floating Market will be well worth your while.


Bangkok
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market

Probably the easiest to get to in terms of distance from Bangkok, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is probably the most difficult to deal with because of its opening hours - 04:00 and 07:00. Sellers...
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Taling Chan Floating Market
The Taling Chan Floating Market takes place at the weekends in front of Taling Chan District Office. Only recently discovered by tourists, the market is entirely authentic and frequented...
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Tha Kha Floating Market

The Tha Kha Floating Market probably appears more authentic because it is visited by fewer tourists than its famous neighbour (up to 5,000 foreign tourists visit Damnoen Saduak a day!). As a...
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Hua Hin
Hua Hin Floating Market

Hua Hin Floating Market is located in Hua Hin (Soi 112), along Nhong Hoi-Thab Tai local road and about six kilometers from the town. Hua Hin Floating Market recreated the atmosphere of old Hua Hin...
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