Visit Bangkok’s Floating Markets

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Bangkok’s floating markets are a tourist attraction as they represent something most of us don’t get to see on a regular basis. You can find several of them around Thailand’s capital and they’re almost always crowded due to tourists who want to experience shopping while on a boat. If you want to avoid crowds, visit the smaller floating markets that typically don’t get much attention.

What to Buy

The floating markets offer many different things, but the best-sellers are food, fruit, and flowers. You can get the fresh coconut to drink or noodles prepared on the boat that you can eat on your way back. If you plan to have breakfast at the market, you can try some local fruits and other uncommon food.

Top Markets

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is probably the most popular market in Thailand. People who visited it 15 years ago remember it differently than it is today, but it’s still a huge attraction.
  • Amphawa Floating Market is the second most popular floating market in Bangkok area. There are fewer tourists and the experience is more authentic.
  • Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market doesn’t have many tourists so it’s a great place to visit if you want to blend in with the locals. It’s also more of a market along water than a floating market, so it’s not the same thing.