Kwan-Riam Floating Market

Floating markets are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, several of them are outside Bangkok. If you want to get a glimpse of truly traditional Thai life style but don’t have enough time to travel out of the city, it is is well worth the effort to spend a few hours at Kwan-Riam floating market.
Kwan-Riam floating market is one of the newest floating markets in Bangkok. It only opened in May 2012. The market is located in the eastern suburbs of the capital, by the Saen Saeb canal คลองแสนแสบ (“Saen Saeb “ is a canal (Klong) in central Thailand, connecting the Chao Phraya River to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao). It is between two temples: Wat Bamphen Nuea (Seri Thai Road 60) and Wat Bamphen Tai (Ramkhamheang 187).

There is a vast selection of inexpensive delicious Thai food available, such as classic boat noodles, Isan food , Thai desserts , clothes, souvenirs and many more.

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Seriously huge mortars and pastel!

Seriously huge mortars and pestles at an Isan food place in the market.

The main thing that impresses me is the tour boat service that allow visitors to go for sightseeing, observing the life by the canal together with the Thai guides aged around 7-8 years old telling about the background of the market. The guides only speak Thai language but I think it is still pleasant although you don’t understand the language. The tour only costs ten Baht.
At the moment there are almost no foreign tourists visiting this place, but I think this will change as soon as the word goes around. Local people like to go to the market early in the morning to give alms to monks on boats. The alms round starts at 7:30 a.m. and is usually over in about 45 minutes.

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How to get there:
Kwan-Riam Floating Market can only be reached by land. If you turn down Soi 60 on Seri Thai Road, you’ll arrive at Wat Bamphen Nua. Alternatively, take Soi 187 on Ramkhamhaeng Road which leads to the second temple, Wat Bampheng Tai. Both roads have small signs indicating the direction to Kwan-Riam.
Open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 7am – 9pm.
For more information, visit www.kwan-riamfloatingmarket.com or call 087-701-2878 or 081-635-1491 or 089-124-7879

Traditional Thai dancing shown at the market.

Traditional Thai dancing shown at the market.

 

I have to say that Kwan-Riam floating market is one of my favorite floating markets. It is not too crowded like other popular ones, and it is very clean thanks to the market managing team for providing the bins in every corner. I am sure you will like this place as well:)

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The name of the market “Kwan-Riam” (ขวัญกับเรียม) comes from the name of the characters in Thai romance-drama novel, “Plea Gao” (แผลเก่า) meaing ‘the scar’ written by Mai Muengderm.

Kwan and Riam are the son and daughter of rival village chiefs. The couple spent romantic time in the San Saeb canal.

The novel was first published in year 1936, then it was made into a movie for the first time in 1940 and the movie was remade again in 1977. The second remade version was one of the biggest box-office hits in Thailand at the time.

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The movie poster

 

It gained international recognition at the 1981 Nantes Three Continents Festival, where it won the Golden Montgolfiere, sharing it with Eles Não Usam Black-Tie by Brazilian director Leon Hirszman. It was also voted as one of the world’s 360 classic movies by the Museum of the Moving Image in London, Sight & Sound magazine and film directors and critics worldwide in 1998.

The story was remade many times in Thailand as “Kwan-Riam”.

Wikipidia has a plot of the movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plae_Kao

 

Thai-learning Key Points:

ตลาดน้ำ /dtà-làad náam/              floating market

คลอง /klong/                                      canal

เรือ /reau/                                            boat

ตักบาตร /dtàk bàad/                       give alms to monk

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12 Responses to Kwan-Riam Floating Market

  1. Kaz 28/05/2015 at 07:24 #

    I didn’t know the Kwan-Riam floating market … yaak pai du… because I knew one of the Kwan-Riam movies featuring a singer Tong … a sad story for me.

  2. MarkyD 16/05/2015 at 22:05 #

    I was there today and the tour guides (10 & 11 years old) spoke English too. Very impresdive !

  3. chrisi 29/06/2014 at 21:59 #

    please can tell me a link I can book this tour –
    I would love to see this Special market :))
    THANKS

    • Mod 30/06/2014 at 10:56 #

      I am afraid there is no tour organiser to this market. You can get there by yourself easily by taxi. 🙂

  4. Dee 20/08/2013 at 08:13 #

    As of Aug 17,2013 boat ride cost 20 baht. Listening to young tour guide is just enjoyable even though I dont understand the language 🙂 . Food and souvenirs are just great though I didnt see thai dancing when i was there…

    • Mod 20/08/2013 at 11:16 #

      Thank you for your update:) Good to hear that you enjoyed the market.

  5. ronn mat noor 19/06/2013 at 10:27 #

    Sa-wat-dii-kap.I have been there in mei 2013.The boat fair cost 1,500 baht per-person.
    very happy n enjoy.khop-kun kap

    • Mod 19/06/2013 at 10:30 #

      Sawatdee ka, Thank you for your comment: )

      I am not sure which boat you took, but the sightseeing boat in the market only costs 10 Baht. : )

  6. Liam 01/04/2013 at 22:47 #

    Where does the name come from?

    • Mod 02/04/2013 at 12:52 #

      I just added more background about the name of this market at the end of the article. Thank you for reading my post:)

      • Liam 02/04/2013 at 22:05 #

        Wow, I read the plot and the story is so sad! Thanks for adding that to your article.

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