Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is home to many colorful and spectacular experiences. Both Thai visitors and foreigners are often found speechless after visiting this incredible city. Just browse any Bangkok travel guide and you can expect to be spellbound by the endless activities and places to see.
With a population of over 8 million, Bangkok attracts about 15 million visitors in a year! Some of its main attractions are classy malls and street markets; however, the city has so much more to offer.
The Floating Markets of Bangkok
Over 200 years ago, farmers and artisans traded their goods in the city of Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Still steeped in its history, this vibrant city boasts a unique combination of modern yet traditional elements.
So whether you are young or young at heart, there is something for you to enjoy at the floating markets of Bangkok.
Both foreigners and Thai visitors come to these markets to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the vendors who sell from sampans. These are Chinese wooden flat-bottomed boats that vendors use to market their goods. You will be amazed to see the number of them along the river piled with crafts, souvenirs and local foods that are cooked onsite.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! These markets are everywhere! If you plan on visiting floating markets in Bangkok, make sure you use the Grab app to call a taxi in Bangkok—it’s Southeast Asia’s version of Uber.
1. Damnoen Sadauk
The most popular one is Damnoen Saduak, located about 100km from Bangkok. It can get very crowded at times, but if you are looking for a more modern market experience, this is the place to be.
The mature ladies, who skillfully control the sampans, would love to give you a guided tour. Among visitors’ favorite finds are embroidered items, puppets, noodle soup, and of course, fresh fruit. With so many attractions, it’s no secret why Damnoen Saduak was featured in a James Bond movie!
About 50km from Bangkok is Amphawa. It will take you about 1½ hours to get there but it is well worth it! Amphawa has mainly Thai visitors who are attracted to the authentic local crafts, clothing, and foods.
Enjoy mouth watering grilled seafood cooked on the spot, or eat on the steps leading to the river or in the more comfortable seating at nearby restaurants.
After your meal, pay a visit to the wooden shops located on both sides of the canal. You are sure to leave smiling with a few souvenirs or local treats.
3. Taling Chan
If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can visit the Taling Chan floating market. Although it is smaller, Taling Chan maintains a lot of the local experiences, making it attractive to visitors who want to learn more about the region.
The boats line the edge of the pier which is perfect if you want to take a boat ride. You can also enjoy the tastes of the market’s famous seafood dishes then end your day with a relaxing foot massage under the shaded trees.
4. Wat Sai
Even closer to the city center is the Wat Sai floating market. Located about half an hour away, you can take a boat ride along the canal to get to the market. This is one of the older markets and it is famous for its fresh produce from local vendors.
Whatever your interests are, there is so much to experience in Bangkok, so add it to your bucket list today!