If you are looking for an exotic and amazing experience, then you need to visit the floating markets of Bangkok. Discover one of the most unique aspects of local life in Bangkok, buy never-seen-before products and have a blast while sailing the rivers and shopping!
We can bet on it that you have never seen anything similar before, so make yourself a favor and read our guide that will walk you through everything there is to know about these picturesque markets.
We have covered everything at Apoteka, so you can guide yourself and decide which markets to add to your trip.
#1 – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
There is always a leading option in the pack, and that is the case for Damnoen Saduak, which has earned its reputation as Thailand’s most popular floating market, on top of being an amazing touristic destination.
Apart from being an amazing place itself, a lot of its popularity comes thanks to “The Man with the Golden Gun”, which used it as a setting during this James Bond movie from 1974.
It represents the exact ideal of a floating market: Many boats selling a wide variety of products, plenty of colors and essences, full of life and huge in all senses. You will be able to buy exotic souvenirs, delicious foods and fruits and to take excellent photos that will make your visit unforgettable.
You can find at only 100km away from Bangkok, and therefore, it is easy to visit. Nonetheless, it is one of the most crowded floating markets in Thailand, so be aware of that. You will find all the info you need to visit it below.
- Address: Damnoen Saduak, Ratchaburi 70130, Thailand
- Hours: 07:00 to 17:00 (Open every day)
#2 – Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Even though Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s most important floating market, as we said, it can get crowded easily. Furthermore, for many it will feel more like a thematic park rather than an authentic floating market.
Therefore, if you are looking for a market that is less touristy and more loyal to its real essence, then you need to visit Khlong Lat Mayom.
It is close to Bangkok at only 15KM away (approximately). You will find mostly locals shopping around and only a handful of tourists. Furthermore, you will only see a few vendors around.
Despite its small size, it is a must-visit because it will let you see how locals shop, and allow you to live an authentic experience of visiting a floating market.
Nonetheless, assigning a full day to it would be too much. Therefore, since it is near to the Taling Chan floating market, you can easily visit it as well. You will find the info about how to visit it below.
- Address: 15-30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
- Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 (From Saturday to Sunday)
#3 – Taling Chan Floating Market
The Taling Chan floating market is one of the best destinations in Bangkok, since it is a vibrant and lively floating market united to a huge local market.
You will find plenty of small long-tail boat cruises that will sail you around the nearby canals, so you can explore the area while you relax.
It is a middle point between a crowded market like Damnoen Saduak and a local one like Khlong Lat Mayom. You can still enjoy from having plenty of shopping options while sensing a more genuine feel.
You can find it at only 12 kilometers away from Bangkok, and since it is close to Khlong Lat Mayom, you can visit both attractions in the same day.
- Address: Village No 15, 30/1 Bang Ramat Rd, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand
- Hours: 08:00 to 17:00 (From Saturday to Sunday)
#4 – Amphawa Floating Market
Following the trend of more-authentic and less-crowded markets, you should visit the Amphawa floating market. You will only find a few tourists around, because most visitors are locals. It has beautiful landscapes around it, so it has a very genuine feel to it.
It is similar to Khlong Lat Mayom, but certainly bigger and with more options for shopping. Still, it retains its authentic atmosphere and more tranquil feeling.
Since it is much smaller than Damneon Saduak, you will not have to deal with crowds of people. Regarding vendors, you will not find lots of them, and they are mainly elderly Thais selling all sort of goods like exotic fruits, delicious local dishes and sweets.
Therefore, if you want a local experience that will bring you a feel of how locals visit and buy in a floating market, then you must visit the Amphawa market by all means! You will find the info about how to visit it below.
- Address: Amphawa, Samut Songkhram 75110, Thailand
- Hours: 11:00 to 21:30 (From Friday to Sunday)
#5 – Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
We opened this post with the biggest market, and we are going to close it with the smallest floating market, Bang Nam Pheung. However, do not be fooled, because it is small yet it has enough shopping options that range from souvenirs to delicious food.
Furthermore, it is located in the natural sanctuary known as “The Lung of Bangkok”. It brings this market a unique feeling that will make your visit enjoyable. Furthermore, it also makes it an ideal setting for photos to immortalize you experience.
Therefore, if you want to visit a small and picturesque market that is full of interesting shopping options and free of the chaos of crowds of people, then you need to visit Bang Nam Pheung. You will find all the info about how to visit it below.
- Address: Bang Nam Phueng, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan 10130, Thailand
- Hours: 08:00 to 14:00 (From Friday to Sunday)
Now you have five excellent floating markets to visit during your stay in Bangkok. If you have any questions, just let us know in the comments and we will assist you!