Klong Lat Mayom: the Authentic Bangkok Floating Market

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.

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I love these bamboo seating.

I love these bamboo seating.

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. 🙂

Juicy Grilled Chicken (ไก่ย่าง gì yâang)

Juicy Grilled Chicken (ไก่ย่าง gài yâang)

I decided to go for grilled chicken, Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad), and Pad Thai.

I decided to go for grilled chicken, Som Tam (Spicy Papaya Salad), and Pad Thai.

I love this lady for dressing up in traditional Thai outfit and making one of my favourite childhood desserts.

I love this lady for dressing up in traditional Thai outfit and making one of my favourite childhood desserts.

I saw many people were lining up in front of this Thai dessert stall, so I bought one to try. It was so good! This is called Khanom Tako ขนมตะโก้ /kà-nŏm dtà-gôo/. It is Thai Jelly with Coconut Topping.

I saw many people were lining up in front of this Thai dessert stall, so I bought one to try. It was so good! This is called Khanom Tako ขนมตะโก้ /kà-nŏm dtà-gôo/. It is Thai Jelly with Coconut Topping.

Grilled Sticky Rice in a Bamboo Tube, in Thai is called 'Khao Lam' ข้าวหลาม /kâao lăam/.

Grilled Sticky Rice in a Bamboo Tube, in Thai is called ‘Khao Lam’ ข้าวหลาม /kâao lăam/.

Before going home, I bought some vegetable and fruit from these two lovely ladies.

Before going home, I bought some vegetable and fruit from these two lovely ladies.

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.

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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.

The boat ride allows you to observe the real way of life of people living by the water.

The boat ride allows you to observe the real way of life of people living by the water.

The boat tour let us stop at a local temple to worship the Buddha images.

The boat tour let us stop at a local temple to worship the Buddha images.

A stop at the orchid farm. I bought a plant back home too. The price is so much cheaper than in the city. :)

A stop at the orchid farm. I bought a plant back home too. The price is so much cheaper than in the city. 🙂

Opening Hours

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.

Getting There

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 Wongwian Yai Station. From there get a taxi (approximately 100 baht).

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26 Responses to Klong Lat Mayom: the Authentic Bangkok Floating Market

  1. Neng 21/04/2016 at 06:13 #

    Hi teacher Mod!

    After red your post about the view of floating market so, I saw many places that very nice view and wanna to visit there.

    • Mod 26/04/2016 at 16:45 #

      Sawatdii ka. There are many floating markets around Thailand. Markets are good place to explore the way of Thai life and local food. 🙂

  2. jim liew 11/02/2016 at 03:08 #

    Kruu Mod,

    Lovely photo of you picking up grilled chicken, do you always hold your
    chopsticks upside down ?.Just curious.

    • Mod 16/02/2016 at 12:41 #

      Sawatdii ka Jim, thank you for your kind comment.

      You are observant. I just quickly pick up the chopsticks for the photo so I didn’t notice they were upside down. 😀

  3. redstar19 03/02/2016 at 15:41 #

    you took very nice pictures.

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:46 #

      Kop kun ka 🙂

  4. Simon 02/02/2016 at 17:16 #

    Wow, very nice. definitely worth a visit and not so touristy right?

    Even though it’s only a small discrepancy I still hate the way Thais want to charge foreigners more. If we did that to foreigners here in the UK there would be outrage.

    It’s amazing the way Thais sell vegetables from their boats. How do the manage to end up on boats anyway? Are they brought from farms up river or something or are they loaded onto the boats to sell? It would seem to make more sense selling from dry land. That lady in the picture must be very agile to be able to reach those white radish without falling out of the boat!

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:49 #

      This market is not full of non-Thai tourists like other well-known floating market. 🙂

      I am not sure where the sellers get their vegetables, but many people in this community live by the canal where there is no road so the boat is their means of their transportation and making a living.

  5. Jason Stallworth 02/02/2016 at 16:37 #

    This is the one thing we did not do when we were in Thailand. Next time we will visit one of the floating markets. Thank you for this information Mod!

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:49 #

      I am happy to hear that you found my post interesting. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

      • Ian Rabig 03/03/2016 at 12:52 #

        Very well done. We will be going to a floating market when we visit next month. Dum Nern Duok (?) I believe. Thank you for the learning Thai lessons.

        • Mod 07/04/2016 at 18:42 #

          Thank you for your comment. The name of the floating market you mentioned is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, it is about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. Have fun! 🙂

  6. mosse 02/02/2016 at 16:25 #

    thanxs for the idea , the beautiful pics and reportage.

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:50 #

      Thank you for reading my post. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. Ben 02/02/2016 at 14:12 #

    Looks like a fantastic place !
    The food looks delicious ! 🙂

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:51 #

      There are plenty of food to choose from in this market. I wanted to eat everything but the space in my stomach was limited. 😛

  8. กาย(Guy) 02/02/2016 at 14:09 #

    Thank you for the recommendation. The wife and I frequent the Kwan-Riam floating market off of northern Ramkamhaeng Road. It’s about a 30 minute drive from our condo, and easily accessible via the A-Link and taxi. I do t remember any fee, but it may have. Less authentic, more commercialized, but less frequently visited by farangs, myself excluded. Very family oriented with a small petting zoo and pony rides for the kids, and still a great assortment of foods, boat rides, shows, music, and lots of shopping. You should visit. Still in central BKK.

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:52 #

      I have been to Kwan-Riam floating market once around two years ago, I enjoyed the food. It is a bit too far from my house so I haven’t had a chance to revisit. Thank you for your recommendation. 🙂

  9. Robert 02/02/2016 at 14:08 #

    You are such a Lovely Representative of Thailand – I have 16 Years here and YOU still show me things I love to learn about every time you post .. you are a good Teacher, Khun Mod ..
    Robert Armington
    Chang Wat Trang

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:54 #

      Thank you for your kind words khun Robert. I am happy to hear that you learned something new from my post. There are still many places in Bangkok and Thailand to be discovered even for myself. 🙂

  10. jason 01/02/2016 at 12:41 #

    Mmmmm Thai grilled chicken best in world, mmmm som tam and pad thai or kaao farang for the farang. Now I have a black Kaao Laam craving. Nice article. Thanks.

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:56 #

      Thank you for your comment. It is true, there are plenty of good food in Thailand. I am hungry now just when I am writing this to you. 😛

  11. Michael Herrmann 31/01/2016 at 23:28 #

    Thanks so much for this post, and the photos that you included, Great info.
    Thanks and Take Care. Mick, Sydney.

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:56 #

      Thank you for your comment. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the article and the photos. 🙂

  12. Peter 31/01/2016 at 21:15 #

    And if we take taxi what we will tell to the driver?

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 18:00 #

      I also took a taxi there. I fist told the driver to go to Bang Lamad Road, he wasn’t sure where it was so I showed him the Google map. You can tell him that it is off Bang Khae-Bang Bua Thong Outer Ring Highway.

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