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December 2021

Travel Guide > Central > Bangkok > Shopping

Floating Markets in Bangkok

The floating markets in and around Bangkok are great places to buy things but they are also places to check out a way of life that has gone on for generations.

As you have probably read elsewhere, Bangkok's maze of inland waterways lead to people referring to it as the 'Venice of the East'. Its canals and rivers were at one stage the capital's arteries and no less an important part of everyday life than the BTS and MRT are today. Although is no longer the case in Bangkok, it is interesting to note that in parts of Thailand not too far from the capital, these waterways still maintain their dominance over daily life. Nowhere is this relationship better exhibited than at the Floating Markets. The Floating Markets ('Talaat Naam') are exactly as you might imagine. Unlike regular markets, sellers pack their wares onto small boats and jostle with each other for the attention of buyers alongside the canal. Set against a country backdrop Float Markets 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 you'll 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 - they are here to make a living!

Worth seeing

There are four major floating markets that are within reasonably easy reach of Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Tha Kha Floating Market, Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market and Taling Chan Floating Market.

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 result...
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