Thailand’s floating markets are called “talat nam”. They are the most photographed attractions in the country. Going to floating markets is well worth putting on your list of things to do in Thailand.
The most famous floating markets are outside of Bangkok but their fame made them way too touristy. If you wish your shopping experience to be more local, around Bangkok you can find less crowded floating markets not attracting as many tourists.
If your time in Bangkok is limited but you still want to experience real Thai shopping at one of the floating markets, Taling Chan Floating Market can be an easy choice. We would suggest you to visit it if you are staying in Bangkok on the weekend.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is a great place to visit as you can experience the real Thai-style floating market there. The market is located in Taling Chan area, which is a little outside Bangkok, but it’s really worth to visit.
Bang Nam Pheung is a small village not far from central Bangkok, located in Phra Pradaeng district in Samut Prakan province, on the other side of the Chao Praya River. Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market is situated along the canal. This floating market is very popular with locals and only few tourists can be seen hanging around.
Kwan Riam Floating Market
Kwan Riam Floating Market is one of the newest floating markets in Bangkok. Located on the outskirts of Bangkok, Kwan Riam is a good example of the modern Thai floating market. Kwan Riam Floating Market is a really charming place because of its location between two ancient temples Wat Bamphen Nuea and Wat Bang Peng on both banks of the San Saeb canal.
One of the highlights of Kwan Riam Floating Market is people offering alms to the monks in the early morning. People gather on the banks of the canal at 7.30am and give food to the monks passing by on the boat along the canal.
Kwan Riam Floating Market offers good selection of food and shopping opportunities. Here you can find traditional Thai food, Isan food, Thai desserts, clothes, handmade bags, handmade crafts and household items, souvenirs and much more.