5 Floating Markets around Bangkok

There are many floating markets and riverside markets around Bangkok. Some of these are new and others have been revitalized. This is part one of my comprehensive list of Thai floating markets that you can easily do as a day trip from Bangkok.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

The most famous floating market for foreign tourists is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province. 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 a.m. there is a traffic jam of tourist boats. Most people go here from Bangkok on tours that include the Rose Garden [MORE].

Taling Chan Floating Market

A famous market that is actually in Bangkok is Taling Chan Floating Market. 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 [MORE].

Tha Kha Floating Market

I think probably the best market I have been to is Tha Kha Floating Market in Samut Songkhram. Of all the so-called floating markets out there, this one has mant 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 [MORE].

Don Wai Market

One of my favourite markets for food is Don Wai Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom. Although they label it this way, I would much prefer to translate it as Riverside Market. You don’t have the boat vendors like what we imagine floating markets in Thailand should have. However, this doesn’t worry the Thai people. After all, it is too hot in the sun if there aren’t any shelters. From here you can also join a boat tour of the local river [MORE].

Amphawa Floating Market

I think the Thai favourite for a market is Amphawa Floating Market 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 [MORE].

I have more floating markets near Bangkok to add to this list. Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments below.

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4 responses to “5 Floating Markets around Bangkok

  1. Hello! I am so, so happy to stumble upon your comprehensive sites on Bangkok, albeit at the 11th hour! We are departing tomorrow and your write ups have given me the much needed confidence.

    Throughout my many weeks of planning, there were many uncertainities and I wasn’t anticipating a smooth travel. However, now I have a more structured itinerary, thanks to your details.

    Would you have the contact of a reliable driver to take us to Damnoen Floating Market early in the morning and thereon, Rose Garden? I have read enough of unscrupulous drivers and am rather concern esp since Damnoen is out of the way. Our accommodation is near Sanam Pao BTS.

    We, a family of five – (teens, 13 & 15 yo) together with my 70 year old mom will be travelling independently without a guide.

    Once again, truly appreciate your sharing.

    Julie

  2. Julie, i am afraid I cannot recommend any driver. I have my own car and so have no experience. I know some people that have used the same taxi driver that took them from the airport to their hotel. If he seems alright to you, then ask him if he could take you to the floating market the next day. I am not sure of the rental price for a day trip but should be about 1,200-1,500 baht.

  3. And another floating market opening soon in Hua Hin. Read this post on our Blog wheelchairthailand.blogspot.com

  4. Richard and Jan, appreciate you both for taking the trouble to reply. Upon arrival at Bangkok, we realised transportation isn’t an issue at all. We managed to get to several places by BTS, buses and taxi. Cheap and easily available.

    Thanks & regards,
    Julie