Saturday, August 22, 2015

Visit the Floating Markets in Thailand

"Shopping" and "Thailand", the most amazing things in the world. What if you get both together? Yeah, shopping in Thailand makes the experience a lot more amusing. Many people take shopping as a stress buster and people visit Thailand to surge the stress. So altogether, shopping in Thailand doubles up as a stress buster. And here, when we are talking about shopping in Thailand, we do not mean the plush malls and high-end brands, we mean shopping in the floating market in Thailand. We have mentioned in our previous article about, How to visit Thailand in Budget, here, we are telling you another unique and the best tourist destination to visit in your budget, The Floating Market.

Visit the Floating Market in Thailand | Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Ddamnoen Saduak Floating Market

The Floating Market in Thailand is the biggest tourist attraction. It is visited by thousands of travelers on a regular basis. The market is absolutely awesome. It is one of its kinds. No traveler has ever left Thailand without visiting the Floating Market. These floating markets sell fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, etc.

floating markets sell fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, etc.

The tradition of floating market dates back to old times. During the period when water transport was the route of transportation, the locals’ Thai people used to purchase their stuff only from the floating markets. But, today, floating markets have become a major tourist attraction. Floating markets are found is Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

floating market thailand

There are many floating markets in Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Pattaya. Here we have a look at the most famous floating markets in Thailand.

1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi
This is undoubtedly the most popular floating market in Thailand and is one of the most favorites amongst the tourists. It is situated about 1 and a half hour away from Bangkok. This market receives a lot of foreign travelers, especially during the weekends when the foreigners visit here through the organized tours. Here you can get to buy fresh fruits and vegetables like Chinese grapefruits, coconut, mangoes, Malacca grapes, banana and star fruit, one of the most famous fruits. This market is costliest among all the other floating markets.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi, Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi

2. Amphawa
If you ask the most popular floating market among the Thai locals, the answer would be Amphawa. Here you not only get to shop, but you can also relish the yummiest Thai food that is served from the boat.
Amphawa floating market at night

3. Pattaya Floating Market
The Four Region Floating Market, Pattaya is a vast floating market stretched across 100,000 sqm. Divided into four sections, each section selling goods and represents the north, south, central and northeast parts of Thailand. Here you get to buy food, souvenirs, traditional Thai handicrafts and what not. The market houses 114 shops including eateries and some art galleries. You can also hire a boat to explore the whole market, the riverside life of the locals and the rich Thai architecture. The exact location of the market is 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya and the operating hours are from 10:00 to 23: 00.

Pattaya Floating Market thailand
Pattaya Floating Market
4. Khlong Lat Mayom, Bangkok
Situated in Bangkok, the Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is like a paradise for the people who like relaxed and calm environment. The market has an oasis kind of a vibe with green trees and cool shade. This market is not very crowded and hence, you can enjoy a quiet meal on the canal's edge.

Khlong Lat Mayom, Bangkok
Khlong Lat Mayom, Bangkok
5. Bang Nam Phueng
This is the newest addition in the list of floating markets in Thailand. Located in the Phra Pradaeng area of Bangkok, this market serves the best food. You must visit this floating market.

Bang Nam Phueng floating market thailand
Bang Nam Phueng

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