12 Floating Markets around Bangkok (2017)
A popular postcard of Thailand is of vendors selling their wares aboard a paddling boat. Unfortunately, even though there are many floating markets still around, it is not always that easy to get that classic photo and experience for yourself. That is because most Thais prefer to have shade from the sun and so most floating markets are really riverside markets. Most foreigners end up at the iconic Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi as it is open every day and many tour companies in Bangkok take tourists here. But it is a tourist trap. What I have tried to do on this page is to show you photos and give you GPS coordinates of all the places that I have visited in order for you to decide what kind of experience that you want.
The following map shows floating markets around Bangkok:
The above maps shows all of the floating markets in and around Bangkok. All of them can be done as a day trip. The different coloured pins just represent different provinces. Scroll down for a list of all the markets that I have visited with GPS coordinates. It should be noted that the majority of floating markets are only open at the weekends. However, some might also be open on a Friday or Monday if these are public holidays. Secondly, you should note that not all of them are “floating markets” in the sense that you will see boat vendors as in the photo from Amphawa Floating Market at the top of the page. The Thai word for these places literally translates as “water market”. So, to differentiate the ones that don’t have boat vendors, I have changed the name to “riverside markets”.
[The photo below is of Tha Kha Floating Market in Samut Songkhram]
FLOATING MARKETS AND RIVERSIDE MARKETS AROUND BANGKOK
Damnoen Saduak (*),Ratchaburi,ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก,13.51953 99.95930
Amphawa (*),Samut Songkhram,ตลาดน้ำ อัมพวา,13.42590 99.95503
Bang Nok Kwaek,Samut Songkhram,ลาดเก่าบางนกแขวก,13.49651 99.92196
Ban Noi,Samut Songkhram,ตลาดน้ำบางน้อย,13.461936 99.946239
Tha Kha (*),Samut Songkhram,ตลาดน้ำท่าคา,13.471857 99.995331
Don Wai,Nakhon Pathom,ตลาดน้ำดอนหวาย,13.771315 100.283760
Lam Phaya (*),Nakhon Pathom,ตลาดน้ำลำพญา,13.958413 100.204877
Khlong Lat Mayom (*),Bangkok,ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม,13.760070 100.415548
Taling Chan (*),Bangkok,ตลาดน้ำตลิ่งชัน,13.776285 100.456643
Bang Nam Phueng,Samut Prakan,ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง,13.679639 100.574029
Bang Phli,Samut Prakan,ตลาดน้ำโบราณบางพลี,13.603364 100.710919
Khlong Suan,Samut Prakan,ตลาดคลองสวน,13.662160 100.953895
I have put an (*) for the markets that can be found on this page. They are among my favourites. The other markets can be found on page two of this blog. They are not in any particular order.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi
The most famous floating market for foreign tourists is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก) in Ratchaburi. If you want that picture perfect postcard shot I recommend this place. However, if you don’t want any foreigners in the picture that you must go there early. By 9:00 a.m. there is a traffic jam of tourist boats. It is a tourist trap, but if you are not here at the weekend, then this is your only choice. I brought my sister and her family here and they did enjoy the experience. You can rent boats for a tour from 400 Baht. Bigger boats with motors will cost from 600 Baht for an hour’s tour. Most foreigners come here on a tour from Bangkok, but there are buses and vans from the Southern Bus Terminal to Damnoen Saduak.
Address: Damnoen Saduak, Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130
Opening hours: Daily, 7:00am-12:00pm
Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram
I think the Thai favourite for a market is Amphawa Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำ อัมพวา) in Samut Songkram. I first went here about five years ago. It was popular and crowded back then, but mainly with Thai tourists. Hardly any foreigners. But that, of course has changed as word has spread on the Internet. I like the place. There is a mixture of riverside market and floating market like you can see in this picture. It is also a good place for a homestay. There are boat tours too.
Address: Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram
Opening hours: Friday to Sunday, 3:00pm-9:00pm
Tha Kha Floating Market in Samut Songkhram
I think probably the best market I have been to is Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) in Samut Songkhram. Of all the so-called floating markets out there, this one has many boat vendors selling to local people. It is much like Damnoen Saduak but there are hardly any foreign tourists here. This is because it is not so easy to get to and is not on many tour routes. I also joined a very cheap boat tour from here that was really enjoyable. There is also a genuine farmers’ market on the phases of the moon. When this falls on a weekend, there are many more boat vendors.
Address: Tha Kha, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110
Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday, 7:00am-12:00pm
Lam Phaya Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom
I first visited Lam Phaya Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำลำพญา) after attending the Tattoo Festival at Wat Bang Phra. Its definitely worth visiting but it is out of the way if you are coming from Bangkok. It has everything you would want from a riverside market; floating restaurants, boat trips to local temples, and a land based market. There is also a free museum.
Address: Lam Phaya, Bang Len District, Nakhon Pathom 73130
Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market in Bangkok
One of my favourite riverside markets in Bangkok is Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม) on the Western outskirts of the city. It is in the same district as the more famous Taling Chan Floating Market. It is best to go early as it gets very crowded as the morning progresses. Go hungry as there is a lot of delicious food to taste and eat. You will need at least half a day to explore as you can also go on a boat trip. Like other riverside markets, it is only open at the weekends and public holidays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Soi Bang Ramat, Bang Phrom, Khet Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9:00am-3:00pm
Taling Chan Floating Market in Bangkok
A famous market that is actually in Bangkok is Taling Chan Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำตลิ่งชัน). However, don’t go there expecting a canal full of boats with vendors selling fruit and other produce. This is more a riverside market that has a number of boats tied up alongside the pier. However, it is still a good place to go and soak up the atmosphere. The last time that I visited I also joined a boat tour from here.
Address: Khlong Chak Phra, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
Opening hours: Saturday-Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm
This list of floating markets around Bangkok is far from finished. I will be updating information here and also adding new markets as and when I discover them. So, please bookmark this page and come and visit again.
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