Respect it or hate it. A continuous stream of visitors is pulled into the floating markets near Bangkok for a day outside the capital. Travel agents keep busy loading boats that crowd and crash along the several rivers and khlongs across the capital of Thailand.
The NatGeo, the postcard-worthy trip promoted, also shocks visitors. The photographs taken over a decade ago from the most famous floating markets were different stories. Seek to ignore what you see on food and travel shows and be prepared for more visitors, so that you can get the greatest time at a floating fair. Luckily, right over Bangkok you can also find and sample tiny, authentic floating markets wisely pick.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
It’s possibly one of the three markets in Damne Saduak in Ratchaburi, a district 1.5 hours west, as people say that they’re heading to the floating market in Bangkok. The floating Damnoen Saduak City, while not like the encounter there 15 years ago, is the most popular floating city. Between 1866 and 1868, the business canals were constructed.
Travelers are packed, collected and taken out early in the morning. Expected to pay well for a chance to enter the throng of vessels that are stuck by the tourist trap by local standards.
Perhaps worst, exhaust pipes are unbroken for motor-driven longtail vessels. So many vessels, caught in near vicinity, making you want to escape to the hotel because of the sound and haze.
Amphawa Floating Market
The 20-minute downstream Amphawa Floating Market is an option to Damnoen Saduak. Though Amphawa is Bangkok’s second most popular floating market, it feels less tourist trap than damnoen Sadak.
Amphawa has a distinct layout than the floating economy of Damnoen Saduak. You do not purchase as much from vessels as from traders who set up stores around the river in your wooden houses. You move in and out of the boat and you’re ready to navigate the business across.
In an afternoon to the evening market, the floating market at Amphawa is ready for rain!
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
While a picturesque alternative to the tourist floating markets is the Khlong Lat Mayom port, the jam of the boats sometimes captured is not awaited. Rather than “floating town,” it’s something like a water town. Food courts dominate at the bottom of the sea. When several floating traders are not present, often boat trips involve a ride to a nearby orchid field.
Khlong Lat Mayom gives an immersive encounter a little bit more. The competition is much stronger outside Bangkok. By scheduling a trip and coping with early wake-up you should catch a cab (around $12) or public transport.
Just Saturdays and Sundays is the floating Khlong Lat Mayom market available.
Taling Chan Floating Market
The floating chan market is much smaller and nearer to Bangkok than the one in Khlong Lat Mayom. Before you expect Damnoen Saduak’s visual display and confusion, you can have a pleasant time at Taling Chan and follow your own course!
The business is on the northwest side of the Chao Phraya River. Theoretically, you should enter Khao San Road region in less than 30 minutes.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
My tiny floating shop in Bangkok is Bang Nam Pheung. Ironically, the market lies in a sudden turn in the Chao Phraya River, affectionately regarded as’ Bangkok’s Green Lung. There are more markets on land than on the river like in many smaller floating markets, but this encounter has become more real.
Only wait a few vessels, but the mood is much more comfortable. You will fly to the floating market in Bang Nam Pheung (45 minutes) by taxi or by Uber. Instead, your bed and breakfast will help you employ a private driver waiting and returning you.
Tha Kha Floating Market
Tha Kha (the h is silent), given the scope, is always her favorite among travelers bold enough to seek more than one floating city. It is smaller, quieter and more of a “personal” feeling in general. Fewer souvenirs but better food and service are available.
The floating Tha Kha market is centered approximately between the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa. It takes around 1.5 hours to get from the area.
Bang Khla Floating Market
A venue for weekends near the Bang Pakong River east of Bangkok, the Bang Khla Floating Venue. Bang Khla is smaller and fairly local, but on Saturdays, it gets busy with Thais. The limited scale and travel distance of western visitors do not bother to come to Bang Khla (plan for 1 to 2 hours to go there).
The floating Bang Khla Market undoubtedly offers better food than other floating tourist markets. Prepare to sleep there! Expect to live there!