5 More Floating Markets around Bangkok

It has become popular these days to revitalize some of the old riverside markets around Thailand. New floating markets are also being built to match this demand. This is part two of my comprehensive list of Thai floating markets that you can easily do as a day trip from Bangkok. Click here to read part one.

Bang Noi Floating Market

A short distance north of the famous Amphawa market is the Bang Noi Floating Market in Samut Songkhram Province. This is an old market that has been around for over one hundred years. Although it doesn’t get as busy as Amphawa, it still has a lot of charm with shops containing quality souvenirs and delicious food. It is a weekend market that is open from about 8 a.m. to late afternoon. You can also join boat tours here [MORE].

Bang Nok Kwaek 100 Year Market

Another old market, a little further north on the Maeklong river, is Bang Nok Kwaek Market in Samut Songkhram Province. Although it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of its younger cousin at Amphawa, it certainly makes up for it with its old time charm and friendly shopkeepers. If you want to experience an old Thai riverside market without the crowds then its worth spending an hour or so here. Boat tours are also available [MORE].

Ayothaya Floating Market

To the north of Bangkok there are two new purpose built floating markets in Ayutthaya Province. This first one is Ayothaya Floating Market.  It is conveniently next door to the Elephant Camp so you can do an elephant ride if you like before visiting the market. It is free to enter and wander around. There are shops with handicraft and souvenirs as well as lots of food. You can join boat rides and also watch scheduled shows [MORE].

Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market

The second purpose built floating market in Ayutthaya Province is Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market. This one is only open at the weekends and is more of a kind of “dinner theatre” than a traditional market. You first buy food that you want from vendors on boats and along the bank and then sit down to watch one of the scheduled shows. Each one is different. This market has an entrance fee [MORE].

Bang Nampheung Floating Market

Another relatively new floating market near Bangkok is Bang Nampheung Floating Market in Samut Prakan Province. It is built along a canal that flows into the Chao Phraya River. It is a good place to buy food and local handicraft. You can also rent out boats to go for a paddle on the canal. It is a weekend market that closes by mid-afternoon. Best to go early to avoid the crowds [MORE].

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

4 responses to “5 More Floating Markets around Bangkok

  1. K.Komalittipong

    Didn’t know there’re so many floating mrkts around bkk!!!Thanks 4 the inf.

  2. We really enjoy a day out at the floating markets around Bangkok and visited quite a few whilst living in the city.
    Now staying in Jomtien and often frequent the Pattaya floating market for shopping and a cold beer.
    Good article.

    Rick

  3. Excellent article, next time I am in BKK I will definitely have to check one of these places out.. thank you for the info!

  4. Just be aware that some of these markets are very tourist orientated and that the best time to visit is either early in the morning or after the crowds have gone 11:30 and just before the traders leave