Ayothaya Floating Market ตลาดน้ำอโยธยา

My family and I visited Ayutthaya since I was 10 years old, and most often we made a trip to the historical park. I still visit this historical town from time to time because it is only an hour away from Bangkok. The other day I saw my friends’ photos of the floating market so I decided to check it out myself.

The market is called Ayothaya (อโยธยา) which is the old name of Ayutthaya(อยุธยา). It is  located outside the old city wall, situated close to Mahaeyong Temple and next to Ayothaya Elephant Camp. This great Thai market makes an excellent day trip.

The main part of the market is alongside a waterway surrounded by classic Thai-style stilt houses. There are about 50 boats on the lake selling food and drinks, and about 200 shops are in the market. Overall, the feel of the place is quite touristy with all the usual gift items, however it does have a genuin Thai feel to it with regards food  and ambience.

You will find several boat noodles stores here since Ayutthaya is famous for it. There are also plenty of river prawns and sea food available. Oh! and of course Roti Sai Mai (โรตีสายไหม) or Thai style cotton candy which is the signature sweet of Ayutthaya.

It was interesting to see how Saimai was made.

The Roti and his shirt are color coordinated:)

If you like Thai massage, there are several riverside places available including a fish spa to relax your feet after a long walk.

Thai massage by the river, very pleasant!

What I like about this place is there are short 20minute boat tours available so you can see the atmosphere around the market. It costs only 20 Baht per person for both Thai and foreigners.

I liked the boat ride:)

I also enjoyed feeding elephants, goats, and the biggest water buffalo in Thailand!

He is 30 years old. His owner told me that the average age of a buffalo is 35-40 years.

Feeding some more grass, it was enjoyable:)

This elephant is so smart and cute!

Feeding fish with baby milk bottles is just fun:)

Everyday, this floating market hosts Thai dance and song performances — three shows on weekdays (12:00, 17:00, and 19:00 pm) and four shows on weekends (11:00, 12:00, 17:00 and 19:00 p.m.).The show is free of charge.

 

How to get to Ayothaya Floating Market 

I took a train from Hua Lum Pong train station in Bangkok to Ayutthaya. It took only one hour.  I chose to take a Songtaew  (a shared mini truck taxi) and get of at Wongwian Chedi วงเวียนเจดีย์ (Chedi roundabout) and walked about 500 meters to the market. If you don’t want to walk, the alternative is to take a taxi motorbike directly from in front of the train station to the market.

 

The market is open everyday from 10AM to about 9PM.

Address: 65/12 Moo 7 Pailing, Ayutthaya (MAP)

Phone number: 035-881-733

 

If you have seen enough of the Old city of Ayutthaya, the Ayothaya floating market is a good choice on your next tip to the old capital of Thailand 🙂

 

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4 Responses to Ayothaya Floating Market ตลาดน้ำอโยธยา

  1. ken 25/03/2014 at 12:34 #

    Hi Mod,

    How do I get to this floating market?

    • Mod 27/03/2014 at 19:46 #

      Sawatdee ka Ken, thank you for your question. I updated my post and added the map and explained how to get there. Please recheck. Thank you for reading my post. 🙂

  2. Paul van Hoof 28/08/2013 at 20:05 #

    Tnx Mod, for all your lovely and interesting information and pictures of your country.

    Greetings Paul van Hoof

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