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Bangkok floating markets (talaad naam). The most famous for tourists is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province approx 90 kms from Siam square, Bangkok, BUT you don't have to go that far. There are many around Bangkok, some are new and others revitalized. 

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Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market Nonthaburi   NW 16 kms 
Bang Namphueng Floating Market Samut Phrakan / tba   S 12 kms 
Wat Sapan Floating Market Thonburi /    W 11 kms 
Amphawa Floating Market Ratchaburi / daily   SW 80 kms / small 
Taling Chan Thonburi / weekends / 9am to 5pm    W 9kms 
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Taling Chan Thonburi / weekends / 9am to 5pm    W 9kms 
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market Thonburi / weekends   W 15 kms 
Wat Sapan Floating Market Thonburi /    W 11 kms 
Bang Namphueng Floating Market Samut Phrakan / tba   S 12 kms 
Khlong Suan Markets Samut Phrakan / daily / 7am to 5pm   E 45km /  
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The most common area is "Thonburi", on the Eastern side the Chao Phraya river, being shopping ThonburiSome markets only focus on local trade, they can be a little intense as they do not cater for tourists so check before going.  If your limited with time you can infuse the occasion with a tour Boat on the river / Canal or even the popular pushbike tours (no hills lots of thrills), see see popular toursIf you only need a "glimpse" then try the Miniature replicas at Siam Niramit (a must do) or Ancient city, also known as Muang Boran (also a must do).



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The most famous floating market for foreign tourists is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province. If you want that picture perfect postcard shot I recommend this place. However, if you don’t want any foreigners in the picture that you must go there early. By 9 a.m. there is a traffic jam of tourist boats. Most people go here from Bangkok on tours that include the Rose Garden.

A famous market that is actually in Bangkok is Taling Chan Floating Market. However, don’t go there expecting a canal full of boats with vendors selling fruit and other produce. This is more a riverside market that has a number of boats tied up alongside the pier. However, it is still a good place to go and soak up the atmosphere. The last time that I visited I also joined a boat tour from here.

Probably the best market I have been to is Tha Kha Floating Market in Samut Songkhram. Of all the so-called floating markets out there, this one has mant boat vendors selling to local people. It is much like Damnoen Saduak but there are hardly any foreign tourists here. This is because it is not so easy to get to and is not on many tour routes. I also joined a very cheap boat tour from here that was really enjoyable

A favourite market for food is Don Wai Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom. Although they label it this way, I prefer to translate it as Riverside Market. You don’t have the boat vendors like what we imagine floating markets in Thailand should have. However, this doesn’t worry the Thai people. After all, it is too hot in the sun if there aren’t any shelters. From here you can also join a boat tour of the local river.

I think the Thai favourite for a market is Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkram. It was popular and crowded back then, but mainly with Thai tourists. Hardly any foreigners. But that, of course has changed as word has spread on the Internet. There is a mixture of riverside market and floating market like you can see in this picture. It is also a good place for a homestay. There are boat tours too.

A short distance north of the famous Amphawa market is the Bang Noi Floating Market in Samut Songkhram Province. This is an old market that has been around for over one hundred years. Although it doesn’t get as busy as Amphawa, it still has a lot of charm with shops containing quality souvenirs and delicious food. It is a weekend market that is open from about 8 a.m. to late afternoon. You can also join boat tours here

Another old market, a little further north on the Maeklong river, is Bang Nok Kwaek Market in Samut Songkhram Province. Although it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of its younger cousin at Amphawa, it certainly makes up for it with its old time charm and friendly shopkeepers. If you want to experience an old Thai riverside market without the crowds then its worth spending an hour or so here. Boat tours are also available

To the north of Bangkok there are two new purpose built floating markets in Ayutthaya Province. This first one is Ayothaya Floating Market.  It is conveniently next door to the Elephant Camp so you can do an elephant ride if you like before visiting the market. It is free to enter and wander around. There are shops with handicraft and souvenirs as well as lots of food. You can join boat rides and also watch scheduled shows.

The second purpose built floating market in Ayutthaya Province is Ayutthaya Klong Sa Bua Floating Market. This one is only open at the weekends and is more of a kind of “dinner theatre” than a traditional market. You first buy food that you want from vendors on boats and along the bank and then sit down to watch one of the scheduled shows. Each one is different. This market has an entrance fee.

Another relatively new floating market near Bangkok is Bang Nampheung Floating Market in Samut Prakan Province. It is built along a canal that flows into the Chao Phraya River. It is a good place to buy food and local handicraft. You can also rent out boats to go for a paddle on the canal. It is a weekend market that closes by mid-afternoon. Best to go early to avoid the crowds.

Quite a few communities around Thailand now replicate the success of Damnoen Saduak M`arket.  A good example of this is  Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkram. Bang Nampheung Floating Market in Samut Prakan have also been trying to have a weekend market along the canal. Strictly speaking, these new markets shouldn’t really use the word “floating” as they are firmly on the bank of the canal. But they do have water activities. Now the Old Bang Phli Market in Samut Prakan wants to develop a kind of floating market. They actually have one of the longest running markets in Thailand as this one was established just over a hundred and fifty years ago in 1857 by Chinese traders.





Opened in June 2012 Kwan Riam Floating Markets in Minburi, about 25kms from Siam Square. Arguable the best mix of tourism and culture, based on the simple facts that 1. it's very new and made with trendy modern design 2. it's not far away 3. It's got local pricing (not touristy prices). Reviewed Sept 2012











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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Ratchaburi / daily tour bus / taxi all day event / very commercalised SW 80 kms / large tourist concept 
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Kwan Riam Floating Markets Minburi / weekends / morning to evening canal / tax / bus 2017: family / good shade / on canal NE 25 kms / medium size at temple 
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market Thonburi / weekends   W 15 kms 
Khlong Suan Markets Samut Phrakan / daily / 7am to 5pm   E 45km /  
Taling Chan Thonburi / weekends / 9am to 5pm    W 9kms 
Amphawa Floating Market Ratchaburi / daily   SW 80 kms / small 
Wat Sapan Floating Market Thonburi /    W 11 kms 
Bang Namphueng Floating Market Samut Phrakan / tba   S 12 kms 
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market Nonthaburi   NW 16 kms 
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