Floating markets once were trading places where people of the Venice of the East sold goods directly from their boats.
The best feature of a floating market is rows of small wooden boats centered around a river or canal. Those boats capture our hearts with the beauty of all the colorful tropical fruits and vegetables stocked to the brim.
These days, the surviving floating markets mainly function as a culture narrator, telling locals and travelers the charm of lives on Bangkok’s canals.
This is your chance to get a glimpse into the local ways of farming economies of the bygone era. The activity will give you fascinating insights into Thai culture.
And what better way to have a unique Southeast Asia experience than sitting on a boat and sampling a lot of delicious dishes, sweets and fruits in a quirky environment.
Best floating markets to visit
Take a guided boat tour to Damnoen Saduak (100km away from Bangkok) or Amphawa (90km away) to experience the most vibrant floating markets Bangkok has to offer.
If you don’t have ample time to travel far away then make your way to Taling Chan or Khlong Lat Mayom floating markets. Taling Chan is located only 12 km from downtown Bangkok and a couple of kilometers away from it will take you to Khlong Lat Mayom.