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8 Must-Visit Floating Markets In Bangkok (2019 Guide)

Hi there foodies! We all know that Bangkok is a haven of many things such as shopping, food, nightlife and many more. While there are many of us who enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities, sometimes we just wanna kick back and relax. So, why not try visiting the countless floating markets right here in Bangkok? When you’re ready, scroll over and start reading!

8 Best Floating Markets In Bangkok Worthy Of Visiting

1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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The very first floating market that no one should miss out on is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which operates on weekends only. If you’ve heard of it before, it’s probably because this floating market was once included in one of the infamous James Bond films.  Since then, Damnoen Saduak made its mark on the world map and is now a famous tourist attraction in Bangkok. Here, you’ll be greeted by countless vendors on boats, who are busy making a living. Take your phone out and you’ll get to snap a picture of the boats orchestrating a harmonious melody. The entire scene is just picturesque.

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Address: 15 30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

2. Amphawa Floating Market

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Next up is Amphawa Floating Market, which is also commonly included in most of our floating market lists when in Bangkok. First of all, the main highlight in the Amphawa Floating Market is the hand-made, local products. Secondly, not just any hand-made local products but these products are exclusively available at this floating market only. T-shirts, handmade watercolour paintings and many more local goods are items you should purchase here alongside the fresh catches of the sea. So, here at Amphawa Floating Market, you can feast on seafood like there’s no tomorrow.

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Address: Amphawa 75110, Thailand

Hours: 12 PM – 8 PM (Friday-Sunday)

3. Talingchan

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While the first two floating markets in Bangkok are the famous ones, let’s take a look at other smaller floating markets that aren’t as packed but still as authentic and rewarding. Talingchan Floating Market is one of the floating markets in Bangkok that may be small but is definitely up to par when it comes to the overall experience. So, essentially, this market has 2 sections; market on land as well as floating market on the waters. You’ll get the best of both worlds at Talingchan Floating Market. While you’re there, don’t forget to also try out the fresh grilled fish.

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Address: Village No 15 30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Hours: 8 AM – 4 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

4. Khlong Lat Mayom

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Khlong Lat Mayom is located a stone’s throw away from Talingchan Floating Market. So if you happen to be visiting Talingchan Floating Market, you can similarly pay Khlong Lat Mayom a visit too! Some of the best things to eat at Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market are Pad Thai, boat noodles, kanom jeen (cold rice vermicelli) or hoi tod (oyster omelette). As Khlong Lat Mayom is smaller in comparison, while eating here, you also get to witness the entire cooking process that’s done on a wooden kitchen on the boat. Nothing more authentic and exotic than this.

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Address: 15 30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM (Saturday & Sunday)

5. Bang Phli Floating Market

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The 5th spot on our list has its floating market status questioned by some people because there are more activities going on from the wooden huts than on the waters. However, over the years, there are increasing activities from the boat vendors so visiting Bang Phli is also a must. This market has a history of being one of the oldest floating markets in Bangkok as its establishment dates way back to 150 years ago. While visiting Bang Phli Floating Market, it provides you with the opportunity to mingle and bond with the locals. Also, English is rarely spoken here.

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Address: Sukhaphiban 3 Road, Bang Phli Yai Subdistrict, 10540, Thailand

Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM (Closes on Mondays)

6. Tha Kha Floating Market

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Tha Kha Floating Market is considered as one of the most authentic floating markets right here in Bangkok. In addition, it is only about an hour away from the popular Amphawa Floating Market. To be more specific, Tha Kha Floating Market is in a small village in Samut Songkhram province or, colloquially known as Mae Klong.  What’s special about Tha Kha Floating Market is definitely the laid-back and chill atmosphere here. Besides that, it’s authentic because you can purchase much local produce that is meant for locals instead of tourists.

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Address: Tha Kha, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand

Hours: 6 AM – 3 PM (Saturday&Sunday)

7. Kwan Riam Floating Market

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If you prefer a slightly unique floating market, then you can head over to Kwan Riam Floating Market because it has a modern twist to it. Ready? There’s actually a lift here for those who are unable to take the staircase. Say what? Also, known as the modern floating market in Bangkok, you can find international fares here such as western food, Spanish snacks, Indian food, seafood, and even Chinese food. Not only that but at Kwan Riam Floating Market, you need not hold the food with your hands and savour them on the boat. Instead, there’s a spacious eating area here for you to slowly devour your food.

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Address: Soi Ramkhamheng 187 Bangkok 10510

Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM (Saturday&Sunday)

8. Wat Saphan Floating Market

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The very last spot on our list of the best floating markets in Bangkok is none other than Wat Saphan Floating Market. This floating market is also located nearby the Talingchan Floating Market so you can also visit that at the same time. Wat Saphan Floating Market isn’t large, in fact, it’s much smaller compared to the other floating markets on our list. However, they make up for it by providing the most friendly service you can ever find. This is because you’ll be flooded with warm smiles and greetings by the vendors.

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Address: Soi Wat Saphan, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Saturday&Sunday)

That’s it, guys! The 8 best, must-visit floating markets while you’re travelling in Bangkok! There’s always more to Bangkok than just retail therapy and getting a dose of booze. Try experiencing the local cultures in Bangkok, you won’t regret it. 🤗

READ MORE: 25 Best Thai Street Food In Bangkok You Need To Try (2019 Guide)

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