Bang Nam Phueng weekend market

One of the best around

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Despite being a relatively new development, Bang Nam Phueng market has become hugely popular among Bangkokians, and for good reason.

It's called a "floating market" by locals and a few vendors do prepare food on small boats in the canals that surround the market's raised footpaths, but it's not a true floating market like the one at Amphawa.

Even so, it's filled with small countless colourful vending stalls set along narrow walkways and footbridges decorated with orchids that snake alongside tiny canals and through some lushly forested stretches.

Aside from the hundreds of vendors hawking prepared foods, local produce, clothing, jewellery and a range of knick-knacks you won't find elsewhere, the market contains simple sit-down restaurants and coffee shops, Thai massage, a couple of old teakwood homes turned museums/cafes, and even the chance to row an old wooden boat through the canals for 40 baht per hour.

Reflecting the areas environmentally conscious vision, many vendors offer foods wrapped in paper and banana leaves rather than plastic and there's a strong focus on selling only local goods.

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