Floating markets are undoubtedly one of the best ways to soak in the local Thai culture.
A day at a floating market is like getting a crash course in the country’s rich history as well as its delicious cuisine.
An abundance of food and goods are crammed into boats which are sailed through the slender canals, nothing compares to spending a day there. Here is an introduction to Thailand’s infamous floating markets!
Certainly, one of the most fascinating experiences, it gives visitors a snapshot of Bangkok’s past, of how it used to operate before modernisation struck, bringing with it other modes of transport and urban operation systems.
The country is strung together on water, with the Chao Phraya River which laces through Bangkok being often described as a vein that runs through the capital, giving the rest of the city life through waterways.
Back then the city was a jungle, it was virtually impossible to sell goods on the mainland or to expect to be able to make this lucrative enough.
Floating markets gave vendors access to both regional and international markets, they could sell to the entire world essentially. Interestingly enough, even when Bangkok became more modern and saw the development of roads, Thai people still relied on the canals as a popular way to trade. To this day floating markets are still an incremental part of society in Thailand, if not for trade then for a quiet getaway from the city centre with friends and family.
Their place in today’s society
Some of the classic dishes include varieties of spicy salad and soups which really emphasise how traditional delicacies from other regions have travelled and found themselves at these markets.
Expect also some of the most delectable seafood and fish, being served in impressive heaps like you have never seen it before! The freshly grilled seafood is one of the main focal points that people flock to floating markets for.
The off the beaten track floating market experience…
Amphawa Floating Market
Located about 50km from Bangkok
Friday to Sunday, 11AM – 9:30PM
Located about 10km south of the city centre
Thursday, 7:30AM – 4:30PM
Saturday and Sunday, 8AM – 4PM
Klong Lat Mayom
Located about 10km east of downtown Bangkok
Saturday and Sunday, 7AM – 5PM