We’re getting very close to the launch of our Thailand eBook on November 1st! This week we wanted to focus on a major Thailand attraction, the markets. Thailand is particularly known for it’s ‘floating markets,’ which are made up of vendors selling different types of food from their boats. We had the pleasure of visiting 3 of these amazing floating markets, and one over train tracks! There is nothing quite like a Thailand Market, we highly recommend visiting these on your Thailand Journey.
Maeklong Market (Train Market)
This market sits right on top of train tracks and every hour a train literally runs through the middle of the market. The vendors are forced to hurry & move all their goods out of the way, and once the train has passed they go right back. Although it seems like such a hassle, there is a huge benefit to selling your goods at this particular market. Technically, selling here is illegal therefore the vendors don’t have to pay tax. The police is pretty cool about it too, they just look the other way.
Tha Kha Floating Market
Next, is the Tha Kha Floating Market. This market is very traditional and popular among locals. Most of the villagers selling their products here continue with an agricultural tradition that’s been handed down for many generations. They wake up early and seek shade during the midday heat, so it’s best to visit the market in the morning. Since it’s location is out of the way, there are very few tourists visiting, which means no crowds. You can buy local food here for as little as 20 baht.
Bangnoi Floating Market
This is an old market that has been around for over one hundred years and has kept a lot of it’s charm with authentic shops and delicious food vendors. This market is only open weekends from 8am to late afternoon. Similar to the Tha Kha Floating Market the Bangnoi Market is not heavily trafficked by tourists. You will find very few crowds here and see many locals. Our tour guide, Gai surprised us by booking a free 15 minute massage for each of us. They focused on our head, neck, and arms.
Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok. This market is not as large as Damnoen Saduak, but it’s more authentic with visitors almost exclusively Thai. What brings the most people to this market is the seafood grilled on wooden boats docked around the famous central bridge. These boats serve an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. From midday until late evening customers gather on each side of the river all day long.