Don Wai Riverside Market: A day out from the bustling Bangkok

One of the great excursions to do over the weekend is to visit one of the many floating markets within easy reach of Bangkok. The one that I visited last Sunday is called Don Wai Market (ตลาดดอนหวาย) which is in Nakhon Pratom Province (นครปฐม). My mom took me here before a couple of times when I was little and I haven’t had a chance to revisit since, so it was nice to be back and find that the area here hasn’t changed much at all.

Some people call the market floating market (ตลาดน้ำ dtà-làat náam) but all stalls and sellers are actually on land and there are no boat vendors like what we imagine floating markets in Thailand should have. So the market can be called a riverside market rather than a floating market.  It is located on the bank of Tha-Jeen river  (แม่น้ำท่าจีน) which is also known as Nakhon Chai Si river (แม่น้ำนครไชยศรี).

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Along the river you can see many traditional Thai style houses.

Don Wai market was established over a hundred years ago, but it became popular around 15 years ago among Thai visitors. I didn’t notice a single westerner while I was there which is nice if you would like to experience the authentic feel of a Thai market instead of a place that set up to attract tourists.

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Don Wai is the center of many agricultural products especially organic vegetables and fruit. It offers a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetable, dried fish, prepared food and Thai desserts. The popular items among Thai shoppers are:

  • Pomelo (ส้มโอ Som-O)

One of the most famous product of Nakohn Pathom is pomelo. They produce the best pomelo in Thailand. There are two breeds of pomelo that are well-known  to Thai people: the Khao Namphueng breed (ขาวน้ำผึ้ง) and the Thong Di breed (ทองดี).

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  • Chinese-style stewed duck ( เป็ดพะโล้ Ped Palo)

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  • Boiled carp in salt (ปลาตะเพียนต้มเค็ม Pla Ta-Pian Tom Kem)

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  • Toddy palm cake (ขนมตาล Khanom Tan) which I also like very much. 🙂

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The most famous Khanom Tan in the market is a place called Khanom Tan Pa Khai. It costs only 25 Baht per pack.

This market has no seats for visitor to sit down and eat food like in most floating markets around Thailand. However there are many riverside restaurants in the markets where you can order fresh cooked Thai dishes and enjoy the view.

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My lunch at one of the riverside restaurants in the market, very fresh and tasty!

Boat Trip along Nakhon Chai Si River:

If you would like to see more of the area here you can join one of the boat trips along the river. You can buy food in the market and then bring that on the boat trip with you.

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Route 1: Don Wai Temple – Tha Puut temple – Rai Khing temple – fish farm-Traditional Thai style House (1 hr. 15 minutes)

– Time table for weekend:10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30

– Time table for weekday: 12:30 and 14:00

Price: Adult 80 Baht Children 40 Baht

Route 2: Don Wai Temple – Tha Puut temple – Rai Khing temple – Poh Kaew Bridge- San Phet temple Decha Nusorn temple – the rose garden -fish farm -Traditional Thai style House (1 hr. 30 minutes)

– Time table for weekend: 10:45 and 14:15

– Time table for weekday: 12:30 and 14:00

Price: Adult 100 Baht Children 50 Baht

Route 3: Don Wai Temple – Tha Puut temple – Rai Khing temple – Poh Kaew Bridge- San Phet temple Decha Nusorn temple – the rose garden -fish farm -Traditional Thai style House (2 hrs.)

– Time table for weekend: 12:30 and 13:30

– Time table for weekday: 12:30 and 14:00

Price: Adult 120 Baht Children 60 Baht

How to Get There:

Don Wai market is in Sam Phran district in Nakhon Prathom province which is about 40 kilometres West of Sukhumvit in Bangkok. I just use the service of Grab Taxi application and the driver drove me there in less than an hour. Unfortunately there is no public transportation that can get you directly to the market. Your trip to this market is best to combine with a visit to the Wat Rai Khing temple (วัดไร่ขิง) turning your day into a cultural Thai experience.

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Wat Rai Khing temple

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Wat Rai Khing temple

Opening Hours : Everyday from 6:00 – 18:00. It is usually quite crowded during weekends. If you would like to avoid the crowds, arrive on a weekday or early on a weekend.

Practical tips:

– Credit cards are not accepted so make sure to carry some Bahts on you. There is also  ATM machine in the market.

– The walk way in the market is quite narrow and when it is crowded it can get very hot for those who are not familiar to Thai heat. You might want to bring a manual hand fan with you.

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4 Responses to Don Wai Riverside Market: A day out from the bustling Bangkok

  1. YKL 22/07/2017 at 21:27 #

    I told myself before I must read ALL the articles regarding Thailand attractions you have posted here. Tonight I am just one step closer to my goal.

    I really image one day I’ll visit this place, buy Khanom Tan and the Khao Nampheung Som O, and enjoy my lunch at the riverside restaurant.

    You are a Thailand ambassador to me!

    Thank you Kru Mod!

    • Mod 27/07/2017 at 11:12 #

      It is great that you are motivated to learn more about Thailand. I am happy to hear that you enjoy my articles. Thank you for following my website and leaving encouraging comments. Hope you will have a chance to visit all places you have read in the near future. 🙂

  2. Gary Van Hoosier 24/04/2016 at 03:53 #

    Hello Kruu Mod, thank you for the informative and in depth article about this interesting Thai market. I would also like to thank you for your series of YouTube videos. They have been very helpful in learning to speak the Thai language, and about Thai culture.

    • Mod 26/04/2016 at 16:44 #

      Sawatdii ka Gary, thank you for your positive comments. I am happy to hear that you found this post interesting and my videos useful in your Thai learning. Keep practicing. 🙂

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