Discover what lies above the Chao Phraya River
No trip to Bangkok is complete without visiting the iconic floating markets. Undoubtedly one of the nation's biggest tourist attractions, it sports an abundance of local delicacies, colours, chaos and picturesque views – you'll want to make sure it's on your itinerary. From the vibrancy of Damnoen to the super succulent mangoes at Bangkhla, the joy never stops at the best floating markets in Bangkok!
1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
To really see the best of Bangkok, take an easy 90-minute journey from the Southern Bus Terminal on the 511 bus to Damnoen Saduk floating market – the largest and most popular floating market in the whole of Thailand. Wade your way through a maze of vendors as you shop and snack to your heart's desire – from unique local handicrafts to boat noodles and agricultural products coming directly from the vendors' farms!
Practical information: The market is in the Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi 70130, and it's open daily from 7 am to 5 pm.
Klook tip: Set your alarm clocks early to get a real sense of the hustle and bustle at the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Are you ready?
2. Amphawa Floating Market
Located just 50 km from the city centre, Amphawa floating market is the second most popular floating market in Bangkok. Sitting just along the Mae Klong river, this once-small community dates as far back as the 17th century, during which it prospered in trade and agriculture. You'll find quaint houses dotted along the riverbank, giving the locals convenient access to the water. There are a number of shop-house eateries, where you can indulge in fresh grilled seafood from the morning's catch, classic noodle dishes and an array of Thai desserts. Perch on the steps as you enjoy the flavours and take in the ambience.
From Bangkok Nochit New Van Terminal, take the 509 bus for a non-stop service to Amphawa. Can't wait to explore? Book your floating market tour on Klook to see for yourself!
Practical information: The market is located in the Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110, and it's open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm.
3. Wat Sai Floating Market
Located in the Chom Song district, the Wat Sai floating marketing has some of the best shopping in Bangkok. Established more than 150 years ago by Chinese traders, this traditional floating market is recognised for its influence from both Thai and Chinese cultures. Nourish your body with delicious fruits and vegetables sold from the canal boats, and discover how the vendors rely on the canals as their primary means of trade. Wat Sai is just a 10-minute drive from the city centre – we'd recommend booking a car rental ahead of your trip.
Practical information: The market is at 58/229 Soi Ekkachai 24, Bang Khun Thian, Khet Chom Thong, Bangkok 10150. Opening hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 3 to 6 pm and the market is closed on Mondays.
4. Bang Nampheung Floating Market
Bang Nampheung floating market may be the smallest of them all, but is renowned for its phenomenal Thai dishes. Being located on the outskirts of the city, it's quieter and less packed with tourists – so you're likely to get a better bargain here! The highlight of this floating market is the 'green lung' – a pocket of nature found on the opposite side of the Chao Phraya River in Bang Krachao. Here you can rent a bicycle and venture through the flora of Bangkok, then end the day by tucking into a delicious bowl of spicy mango salad and soft sticky rice.
Don't forget to book your Bang Nampheung floating market tour on Klook!
Practical information: The market is in the Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan 10130. Opening hours are Saturday 7 am to 4 pm and Sunday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
5. Bang Phli Floating Market
Bang Phli floating market is a must-visit for foodies and culture cravers. Why? It's one of the oldest in Bangkok, with history and tradition adding to the charm. Make sure you head down with an empty stomach so you can take advantage of the Thai noodles, fresh fruit, seafood and much more! The great thing about Bang Phli is that it's more geared up to serve the locals – so this is your opportunity to speak with the vendors themselves! Head to Bang Phli on the SkyTrain to BTS Bearing, followed by a short taxi ride to the floating market itself.
Klook tip: If you get there early, you may catch the chance to see Buddhist monks collect alms from the locals on their boats!
Practical information: Bang Phli floating market is located at 10 20 Sukhaphiban 1 Alley, Bang Phli Yai, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540. It's open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5:30 pm and closed on Mondays.
6. Bang Khla Floating Market
If you're a sucker for mangoes then a trip to Bang Khla floating market is well worth the visit. It's a good 100 km from Bangkok city centre, so your best bet is to travel down by car, which takes around 90 minutes. You can book your vehicle on Klook ahead of time to ensure your plans go smoothly.
Bang Khla floating market is home to a plethora of enticing street food, seafood and fruits just like the rest – but there's something even more special on offer here, which is the countryside charm and tranquillity that most other floating markets are missing. For a real cultural experience, the longer journey is definitely worth it!
Practical information: Bang Khla floating market is located at Thetsaban Phatthana 1 Alley, Bang Khla, Bang Khla District, Chachoengsao 24110. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.
7. Tha Kha Floating Market
Tha Kha floating market is known as the understated version of the nearby Damnoen floating market. It may be smaller in size, but it's no less special. Located just an hour's drive from Bangkok, The Kha is famous for its relaxed vibes. Come along and check out this serene trading hub, where you can buy fruits and fried rice from friendly sellers on their canal boats.
Klook tip: Locals and tourists are obsessed with the fried oyster omelette – which costs a mere 20 Baht. Be sure to share your snaps on the go with a 4G SIM card.
Practical information: The market is in the Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110. Opening hours are Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 3 pm.
8. Taling Chan Floating Market
After all the floating market hopping you've been doing, be sure to end your trip with a visit to Taling Chan floating market. It's renowned for being the best place to get massages – and no trip to Thailand is complete without a massage that won't break the bank, right? Spot an array of colours, taste incredible flavours and admire the locals' wonderful way of life on the water. Don't forget to pack your camera – everywhere is a photo opportunity. Taling Chan is the most accessible via Bangkok – public transport is cheap and easy to navigate. Head down to S6 station and hop on a Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Pinklao Bridge Pier, then take bus number 79 to reach the floating market.
Practical information: The address is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Chim Phli Rd and it's open Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
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