Bangkok is a city packed with interesting, affordable, and luxury shopping experiences in the myriad of malls and street markets that flourish in the Thai capital.
Step outside the city confines and you’ll encounter a whole new shopping experience on a visit to one of many floating markets in Bangkok, once dubbed as Venice of Asia.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak is the tourist spot of floating markets; it’s not the most traditional, but you will have some great photos of your trip. To get to the market from Bangkok you need to board a bus at the Southern Bus Terminal, the journey takes approximately two hours. Once you get to the market it’s a fun experience and very tourist savvy.
Taling Chan Floating Market
This one of the closest floating markets to Bangkok city itself, although it’s still a few kilometers away. Taling Chan is small and still fairly traditional. It isn’t a sprawling network of canals with boats moored along them. The boats at this floating market in Bangkok are positioned along the edge of the pier and it is perhaps more like a riverside market.
Wat Sai Floating Market
If you’re looking for floating markets in Bangkok then Wat Sai is only about a half hour drive from the city centre. You can take a trip along a canal to enter the market and the trip itself is eye opening. Once you reach the market itself the food is the stand out experience with plenty of fresh local produce for sale.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Situated in the same district as Taling Chan, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of the more recent additions to the list of floating markets in Bangkok. Ironically it has more of a traditional feel than some of the larger, long established floating markets. This is largely due to the fact that it isn’t a major tourist spot just yet and is more favoured by the local people.
Bang Phli Floating Market
A lot of the stalls are actually located in wooden shop houses along wooden walkways either side of the Samrong Canal. However, there is water based activity and there is an effort being made to do more vending from boats. You can take a Skytrain to BTS Bearing then hire a taxi for the twenty minute ride to Bang Phli.
Amphawa Floating Market
Getting to Amphawa from the centre of Bangkok is to take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal to Samut Songkram town and then hire a local songthaew, or shared taxi, to take you the rest of the way. Once you reach the market, which lies on the Amphawa canal, you’ll find it’s catered a lot more for Thai natives than foreign nationals, with the emphasis on Thai favourites, such as arts and crafts postcards and quirky cute clothing.