This morning I headed to an area to the northeast of Suvarnabhumi Airport. The purpose was to check out a couple of relatively new floating markets.
The first market we visited was Nakhon Nueang Ket Riverside Market (A 13.773149, 100.991135). In Thai it is called a “talad gao” meaning old market. It has apparently been here for 100 years or more, but like other old markets, it has been revitalized to cash in on the new trend of visiting markets at the weekend. It was pretty quiet when we were there this morning but were told this is mainly due to the recent floods. People just presumed it was flooded though it wasn’t. It is open only at the weekends from about 9 a.m. to late afternoon.
The second market we visited was Mahanakorn Floating Market (B 13.722407, 100.789937). It is sometimes called Suvarnabhumi Floating Market as it is close to the airport. Actually, it is probably a good place for people to come if they are on a short-stopover. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight though the weekends are busier. Like the other market, we found it to be very quiet with quite a few shops closed. We were told this was due to the floods. I guess evenings are more popular because of live entertainment. The place reminded me of more of a night bazaar than a floating market. But, good range of food and souvenirs. Out of the two, I preferred the first one.