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Visiting Bangkok’s Floating Markets

By Viator, December 2017

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Thailand’s floating markets evoke an earlier era, when waterways were the main conduits of trade. Today they couple exotic wares—tropical fruits, fragrant foods, and the necessities of city life—with opportunities to meet colorful locals in traditional longboats. Here are some of the Bangkok area’s best floating markets.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
In Ratchaburi, some 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of downtown Bangkok, this market takes place each morning from 7 to 11am on the Damnoen Saduak canal. If you can, come early—the best stuff goes quickly. Test your bartering skills from shore or take a paddleboat tour through the chaos, ordering fried bananas served via fishing pole from neighboring boats. Get your camera ready for great shots of women in traditional wicker hats and their loads of fruits and vegetables, but remember to be courteous and ask your photo subjects for permission before snapping. Many floating market tours tag on trips to the River Kwai, the stupa at Phra Pathom Chedi (Phra Pathommachedi), and the Rose Garden, all of which are all well worth a visit. 
 
Taling Chan Floating Market
For something a little closer to the center of Bangkok, this smaller market, some nine miles (15 kilometers) west of downtown, offers an authentic experience to mingle with locals as they drift along a sleepy canal. Take a private tour and learn how to barter for fruits and vegetables grown in gardens nearby. Once you’ve had enough shopping, find a quiet spot to enjoy fresh seafood before hopping on a long-tail boat trip through the neighboring canals.
 
Amphawa Floating Market
Just nine miles (15 kilometers) from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, this mid-size shopping area is the region’s only floating night market (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from about 4 to 9pm), and tends to be more popular with Thai locals than visitors. Food is king at Amphawa, and this is apparently where “boat noodles” originated. Watch as local vendors maneuver their row boats overflowing with steaming woks of pad Thai, vats of traditional Thai-style coffee, and carefully packaged desserts. When the sun goes down, rent a boat and watch the place light up as you drift along the waterways.

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Damnern Saduak Floating Market, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo Tour from Bangkok

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Visit Damnern Saduak Floating Market outside Bangkok and experience the traditional way of buying and selling fruits and vegetables in the city. Continue to ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Private Tour: Floating Market and Rose Garden Tour from Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Floating Market and Rose Garden Tour from Bangkok

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Travel with your own personal guide from Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Rose Garden (aka Sampran Riverside Thai Village). Take a ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Explore Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the city of Bangkok like a VIP on this private full-day tour. Travel in the comfort of a chauffeured minivan and ...  Read more

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Combine a cruise through the Floating Markets with a visit to Bridge on the River Kwai on this full-day guided tour from Bangkok. With the knowledge of your ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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This guided journey commences with a leisurely drive out of Bangkok, passing through salt fields and rice paddies, before embarking aboard your long tail ...  Read more

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On this private or non-private 4-hour tour you'll visit the colorful and bustling Damnoen Saduak floating market, located 62 miles (100 km) west of Bangkok. ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Experience rural Thai culture and explore the canal waterways outside the capital on this 6-hour day trip to the Damnoen Saduak floating markets from Bangkok. ...  Read more

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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This privately guided, full-day excursion out of Bangkok is a wonderful way to maximize your time to experience the amazing floating markets of Thailand as ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Head out of Bangkok for a day of Thai culture and activities on this private day trip with your own personal guide. Visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating ...  Read more

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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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