The best known floating market in Thailand is the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi province. It’s extremely popular among tour operators, who take tourists there for a day trip, leaving Bangkok early in the morning.
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This market has vendors paddling boats that are full of local produce. Some moor their boats at a pier and sell bowls of noodles. While the atmosphere is touristy, the surroundings are attractive with canals and rivers twisting through fruit orchards. You need to go on a boat ride to explore the area, and this will make a market a worthwhile visit.
The good point is that the market opens every day while many other floating markets operate only on the weekend. If you plan to go there, the most convenient way would be to join a tour group, though the price could be little steep for all four of you.
If Damneon Saduak floating market is too far and too touristy, then you could check out Bang Nam Pheung in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district. It’s open three days a week from Friday to Sunday. Here you can find local products and traditional Thai food such as fried mussel pancake, phad thai, mango with sticky rice and more. A rowing boat for rent is available and you can also hire bicycles to experience the local way of life among fruit farms.
Bang Nam Pheung is located in the lower part of Bang Krachao, which often called the green lung of Bangkok. Most visitors go by private car but it’s also possible to hire a taxi for a full day – this is the easiest though the most expensive way. If you hire a taxi one way only, it can be difficult to find a taxi on the way back.
Many people go by taking a ferry from Wat Khlong Toei Nai to Chang Pier on Ratrangsan Road and then catching a song thaew (local pick up bus) or motorbike taxi to the market. It’s also possible to travel from Bangna Skytrain Station and then catch a ferry. Air-conditioned bus 140 runs there from the Victory Monument.
A lovely hotel called Bangkok Tree House recently opened in Bang Nam Pheung and is a good option for a night amidst the greenery.
Reproduced from an article that appeared in The Nation
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