Taling Chan Floating Market

If your time in Bangkok is limited but you still want to experience real Thai shopping at one of the Floating MarketsTaling Chan Floating Market can be an easy choice. We would suggest you to visit it if you are staying in Bangkok on the weekend.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market is located in front of Taling Chan District Office. This floating market is close enough to the central Bangkok and getting there is easier than to any other floating market in Bangkok.

Taling Chan Floating Market is basically a small market with a handful of boats cooking food around it. A number of stalls selling household goods and clothing can be found here too, but most of the market is dedicated to food and that’s a really good thing. Be sure to go there with an empty stomach and try all the delicious food.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Once you’re at the entrance of the market, you will see stalls selling mainly plants, seeds and flowers, including orchids and bonsai trees.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Various Thai fruits, local snacks and desserts are sold there too, so you can try some of them even before reaching the floating market area.

Thai La-Mood (ละมุด) or sapodilla is a sweet Thai fruit with grainy texture and black, inedible seeds in the center of it = 50 baht/kg

Thai La-Mood at Taling Chan Floating Market

Thai desserts = 20 baht/box

Thai desserts at Taling Chan Floating Market

Herb juices = 15-20 baht/bottle

Herb juices  at Taling Chan Floating Market

The shredded coconut and palm sugar mix covered with steamed flour and coconut cream mix and later wrapped in banana leaf (Kanom Sai Sai : ขนมใส่ไส้) = 20 baht/7 pcs

Kanom Sai Sai at Taling Chan Floating Market

In the area of floating market you will find a floating platform with traditional boats docked near it. Various foods such as grilled seafood, Som Tam (papaya salad) and noodles are cooked on these boats. Check here What to Eat at Taling Chan Floating Market, Bangkok.

Taling Chan Floating Market

The floating platform is a dining area of the floating market. People just sit on the ground of the platform and enjoy eating various delicacies there.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Here you will get a unique experience of eating food on the ground while being surrounded by the locals. However, we would recommend you to get there before 11 am, as later the market can get very crowded and most of the dining area can be occupied by local people.

Taling Chan Floating Market

You will see live fish and turtles being sold near the river as merit making by releasing a fish or another live creature to freedom is believed to be a good thing to do by Thai Buddhists. Releasing soft-shelled turtle (20 baht/pc) should bring you long life, setting pond snail free (20 baht/pc) will attract happiness, expecting good health should release climbing perch (20 baht/pc), giving a freedom to eel (10 baht/pc) should bring success in money, work & studying.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Here you can buy a loaf of bread for 12 baht and feed the fish in the water. You will be surprised how big they are and how many of them can get into a small feeding area. Aquarium of fresh fish at the supermarket will look very spacious after this!

Feeding area at Taling Chan Floating Market

When you will get tired of shopping and eating, just relax and enjoy traditional Thai massage for as little as 200 THB per hour at the premises of the floating market.

Thai massage at Taling Chan Floating Market

For those who are interested in sightseeing, boat tours from Taling Chan Pier to the surrounding area are organized. There are few optional boat tours at Taling Chan Floating Market:

Taling Chan Floating Market

1. Boat tour visiting 3 Floating Markets

During the trip these 3 local floating markets are visited by boat:
- Taling Chan Floating Market
- Wat Saphan Floating Market
- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Time: Starting at 9.45 am (3 hours)
Price: 99 baht /person

Boat tour at Taling Chan Floating Market

2. A tour to the temple Wat Koh

This tour includes a visit to:
- Thai style house
- Temple
- A small banana and coconut plantation
Time: 1 hour
Price: 69 baht /person

Boat tour at Taling Chan Floating Market

3. A visit to Artist’s House at Khlong Bang Luang (บ้านศิลปินคลองบางหลวง)

Time: Starts at 1.30pm

Boat tour at Taling Chan Floating Market

Address

Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Bangkok

Opening hours

Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm

Opening hours of Taling Chan Floating Market

How to get to Taling Chan Floating Market

1. By bus

You can take Public Bus No. 79 (Air-Con Orange bus) directly to the market. The bus route passes main touristy areas such as Central World (Ratchadamri Road), Pratunam, Democracy Monument (Opposite Suksapan), Ratchadamnoen Road. Our trip from Pratunam Area to the floating market took about 45 mins.

Bus No.79 to Taling Chan Floating Market

You can easily buy a ticket from the conductor on the bus. The fare varies from 13 to 25 baht, depending on your location. Just tell them that you will go to Taling Chan and they will ensure that you got out at the correct bus stop.

Ticket of Bus No.79 to Taling Chan Floating Market

For getting a bus back to the city, go to the opposite side of the Taling Chan Floating Market and get on the bus near 7-eleven. On the way back, the bus route will be a bit of different as it doesn’t go to Pratunam but stops at Ratchathewi BTS station, Siam BTS station and then gets back to Central World.

2. BTS & Taxi

You can take the BTS SkyTrain to Wong Wian Yai station (Exit 2) and then get a taxi to the Taling Chan Floating Market which generally costs 140-180 THB.

3. Bus & Songtaew/Walk

You can take a Public Bus No. 28, 515, 159 from Victory Monument, drop off at Taling Chan Police Station and then take a songtaew at 7-eleven to Taling Chan Floating Market or just walk as the distance from there to the floating market is only 1.2 km.

4. BTS & Boat & Bus

You can take BTS SkyTrain to Saphan Taksin Station (Exit 2) and then take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Phra Pinklao Bridge Pier where you can take a Public Bus No. 79.

5. Boat & Songtaew

You can take the orange flag Chao Phraya Express Boat or Cross-River Ferry to the Wang Lung Pier (pier N10). From the pier, you can hop on one of the songtaews that loop between the pier and the Thonburi Railway Station (Bangkok Noi) or you can walk for about 1 km and then take another songtaew (red one) to Taling Chan Floating Market. Not all songtaews go to the market, make sure to ask the driver before getting on one.

Songtaew to Taling Chan Floating Market

6. Taxi

This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get to the Taling Chan Floating Market. The cost of the trip will depend on the place where you are staying. If you are staying around the Khao San Road area, taxi will cost you about 100-130 baht each way.

 

Tips

Taling Chan Floating Market and Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market are not that far one from another and can be both visited on the same day. Even if Taling Chan Floating Market is much smaller, it gets more tourists. If the atmosphere at Taling Chan Floating Market won’t feel authentic enough, head to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market and experience real local shopping there with even more traditional Thai foods to choose from.