Are you eager for a Thailand attraction or activity that’s family-friendly, unique and will immerse you into the complete Thailand experience? Do it like the Thais do and spend a day at their different floating markets. If you’re at a loss on where to go, take a cue from our roundup of places to visit in Thailand for an authentic floating market experience you and your kids will love!
Amphawa Floating Market
The Amphawa Floating Market is considered one of Thailand’s most popular floating markets. Located in the Amphawa district, it is only one hour from Bangkok.
Because of this Thai floating market’s popularity, expect lots of tourists, especially if you visit during the weekend. Here, you can buy souvenirs, costumes, accessories, and more. In the evening, you can choose to hang out by the river and enjoy the fireflies flying in the night sky and enjoy the night with your family. After the tour, if you are not in a hurry to return to Bangkok, Amphawa hotels and spas are also a good place to stay in and take a break.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is also one of the most popular Thai floating markets. It is about 80 kilometres from Bangkok and is a good day trip for many tourists when they are travelling to Bangkok.
At this floating market, you can feel the truest side of life in Thailand and the lively atmosphere. In addition to shopping on the boat, visitors can also enjoy the beautiful environment of the canal along the river.
Don Wai Floating Market
The Don Wai Floating Market in Nakhon Pathom is another floating market worth checking out. Although it is open every day, most tourists like to go here on weekends.
There are a lot of things you can do here such as shopping for souvenirs, tasting Thailand food and desserts, and more. Although it is called a floating market, there are no vendors on boats. Visitors need to get off the boat and explore through the shops located on land. In addition to the floating market, the nearby old wooden houses are also a good place for walking and photography.
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market
Another Thailand attraction to include in your Thailand travel itinerary is the Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market. This floating market is not far from Bangkok. It is a choice for many locals and tourists who want to go on short trips.
This floating market near Bangkok is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can see the original Thai lifestyle and appreciate the nearby nature. You can stroll around or rent a bicycle to explore the area.
Kwan Riam Floating Market
You don’t have to travel so far from Bangkok in order to visit a floating market. There’s also a famous floating market in the centre of Bangkok called Kwan Riam Floating Market.
This Thai floating market is also open only on Saturdays and Sundays and is located between Soi Ramkhamhaeng 187 and Soi Seri Thai 60. The bridge between the two canals is the highlight of this floating market. Visitors come here to shop for local items and food. At the same time, it also simulates the past life of Thai people living by the canal and allows visitors to experience the atmosphere of living in Bangkok.
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