Floating Markets Of Bangkok
| Floating markets in Bangkok are still important commercial centers for those people who live along the banks of canals which have no road access.
The floating markets are small wooden boats which are laden with fruits, flowers, vegetables and other produce. The boats are manned by women who dressed in blue famer’s outfits and wear flat-topped conical hats.
There are several floating markets around Bangkok and these offer tourists a view of the traditional Thai way of life.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This market is 80 km southwest of Bangkok in Ratchaburi province. It is one of the largest floating markets and is extremely popular with tourists. The locals call this market Klong Lat Phli Floating Market and it is active in the mornings from 6.00 am to 11.00 am.
If you are interested in visiting this market, you can take an air-conditioned bus from the southern bus terminal on Boromrat Chonnani Road. The bus will drop you at Damnoen Saduak and from there you would have to take a boat from Potchawan Landing or Seri Khemi Kaset Landing.
Tha Kha Floating Market
This market is 10 km beyond Damnoen Saduak. This market is just on weekends and is active from 6.00 am to 12.00 am. To get to this market, you can take a minibus from Samut Songkhram.
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market
This floating market is in Bang Kruai district of Nonthaburi province. Monks come to this market in boats, which they row themselves, to receive alms from the villagers. This market is active from 4.00 am until late morning. If you want to visit this market, you will have to take a boat from Tha Chang Pier which is close to the Grand Palace.