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Floating Markets near Bangkok - Explore the Novel Markets in Thailand

The city of Bangkok is ringed with waterways and canals, thereby making it an ideal host for floating markets. Explore all that these markets have to offer aboard a rowboat.

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The Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

This particular floating market is found around twenty kilometers away from Bangkok and it is best to get here as early as possible. While it is not a large and expansive floating market, it is an ideal place to observe how the locals go about their daily shopping at a floating market. Furthermore, the Bang Nam Phueng floating market does not have boats sailing up and down the canal selling their wares, instead, tourists will see the vendors setting up their stalls on the banks of the canal. The Bang Nam Phueng floating market is open for six hours (from 8am till 2pm) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market

Another traditional floating market is the Bang Khu Wiang market. In order to visit this market, one will need to wake up quite early for the market is only operational for a brief 3-hour period from 4 – 7am. The Bang Khu Wiang floating market is located around 45 minutes from Bangkok and can be accessed via water taxis.

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The Bang Khla Floating Market

Those who do not mind making a longer journey to see a floating market will be delighted to see the Bang Khla floating market. It is located around one hundred kilometres away from Bangkok and is open only during the weekend. It is also a lovely place to sample some of the local produce: tourists will be able to sample fresh seafood and other produce in salads and spicy sauces here.

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The Taling Chan Floating Market

While your average Bangkok city guide (for reasons unknown to many) may not list the Taling Chan floating market, it is probably one of the best options to explore if you wish to see a floating market that is close in proximity to the city. Located around 45 minutes away from Pathum Wan hotels such as Anantara Siam Bangkok, the Taling Chan floating market is not very crowded. Instead, it is replete with numerous food stalls in addition to other vendors. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

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The 'Touristy' Amphawa Floating Market

Located around fifty kilometres from the centre of Bangkok, the Amphawa floating market has a reputation for being very tourist oriented. Nevertheless, many visitors to Bangkok still opt to visit it, perhaps due to its ease of access. A visit to this floating market also gives tourists the option of hiring a long tail boat to explore some of the nearby waterways and temples.

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The Kha Floating Market

Those who visit the Amphawa floating market can also visit the Kha floating market which is considered to be far less 'touristy'. While the Kha market is much smaller than Amphawa, the experience to be had here is far more authentic. Tourists can opt to explore the market aboard a rowboat whilst wearing a traditional hat to avoid sunburn. However, the days on which the floating market is open can be a little erratic, therefore, verify its opening days and hours prior to planning a visit.