The Floating Markets of Bangkok, Thailand
By Holiday Dragons
The history of Bangkok is traced back to the early 15th century, when it was a village on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It used to be under the rule of Ayutthaya and because of its strategic location near the mouth of the river, the town gradually increased in importance.
Bangkok is known as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. MasterCard ranked Bangkok as the top destination city by international visitor arrivals in its Global Destination Cities Index 2018 Of 162 cities worldwide.
The Chao Phraya River that weaves through Bangkok is often referred to as the artery of the city. The water was a way a life for people in Thailand, making it possible for them to travel and sell their goods. Before urban Bangkok was developed, the city was a jungle, making it almost impossible for vendors and sellers alike to make any money off their goods. These goods were sold both regionally and internationally on these waterways.
Different Floating Markets
There are many floating markets in Bangkok, and the most popular one is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This market is usually bursting with tourists. The market is about an hour outside of Bangkok.
You can book a tour to visit and explore the market for an entire day. It is a great way to see the winding canals you would not otherwise have access to on foot, including remote villages and plantations.
Bang Kachao is often referred to as ‘Bangkok’s Green Lung.’ It is about six miles away from downtown Bangkok and is shaded by papaya groves and coconut trees. Many visit this island-like oasis for its great cycling paths. This is also where you will find the Talad Nam Peung Floating Market, sometimes referred to as the honey market. Here, you will find organic produce, delicious market food and more. Visitors can also rent a boat of their own to explore these canals solo.
Amphawa Floating Market is Bangkok’s second most popular floating market, located about 50 kilometers outside of the city. Most people who visit this market are Thai, making it that much more authentic. This market is famous for its seafood, with wooden boats filled with everything from shellfish to squid.
When To Go
Most floating markets are only open on the weekends. To beat the throngs of tourists, the best time to go is before lunchtime, when the majority of visitors show up. The floating market boats are piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat.