There are many floating markets around Thailand. I enjoy being by the water so I have visited to many of them. Most of the nice floating markets are outside Bangkok which is too far for a day trip. I was happy to find Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม), which is less known than the heavily touristy floating markets such as Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa, but I prefer this place.
Klong Lat Mayom market is set along a narrow canal with a more authentic feel, albeit most of the vendors and eating areas are on the land. I also like that they don’t focus on tourist goods or souvenirs as most for the visitors are local Thai people.
It is very difficult to decide what to eat here since the market offers a vast amount of fresh produce as well as hundreds of different Thai dishes, so one tip for you – go with an empty stomach. 🙂
Canal Boat Ride
When visiting these markets you should not miss taking a boat ride to observe the traditional housing and way of life along the canals. The boat trip takes about one hour and you can enjoy the view along the canal, experiencing a very different kind of Thailand than taking tours inside the big cities. On the boat tour you get the choice of getting off at 1) a homestay and walking through a plantation or 2) going to a temple and an orchid farm for 20 minutes for each stop.
The price is very reasonable – 60 Baht for Thai adult and 100 Baht for foreigner. (I am sorry I didn’t notice the rates for children.) You can also hire a boat for yourself for 1,000 Baht.
There is also an option to take a smaller boat with no engine to explore Latmayon Canal for only 20Baht per person, I chose this option when I first visit the market. This time I decided to go with the long-tailed boat tour for a change, it was enjoyable as well.
Klong Lat Mayom is a weekend market on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. I would suggest arriving for opening time, as it gets pretty busy around lunch time.
The market is located on Bang Lamad Road off the Bang Khae-Bang Bua Thong Outer Ring Highway, Taling Chan, Thonburi.
Using the BTS Sky Train, take the Silom Line and get off at Bang Wa Station. From there get a taxi (approximately 100 baht).
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