Bang Khla floating market

A great riverside market

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What we say: 3.5 stars

This charming market along the banks of the Bang Pakong river was set up in recent years to draw weekending Bangkokians, but that doesn't make it bad.

You won't see farmers in rowboats full of colourful produce, but you will have the chance to sample plenty of fantastic food. To keep the floating theme alive, most vendors prepare foods on small boats that are tied to a large dock. On the dock is a spacious, roofed eating area, which is a very pleasant spot to enjoy the rural vibe. This isn't the biggest floating market around, but vendors sell a healthy mix of edibles that include a wealth of grilled fish, prawns, clams, mussels, squid and other seafood, chicken satay with peanut sauce, som tam and a Bang Khla specialty called thoowa pap -- a semi-sweet finger food made from mung bean, jasmine flowers, palm sugar, pandan leaf, shredded coconut and aan chan (Asian pigeon wing flower) for the purple colour.

Bang Khla is also known for producing some of the best mangoes in Thailand; don't miss the cheap yellow sweet and green sour varieties.

After eating your fill, you can pay around 50 baht for an hour-long boat trip on the Bang Pakong.

Bang Khla is a pleasant little town worth a stroll through before or after the market.

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Opening Hours: Morning until early afternoon, Saturday and Sunday only
How to get there: Bang Khla is a small town located 27 kilometres east of Chachoengsao. From Chachoengsao, catch a local bus or songthaew from the bus station (tell them you're heading to Bang Khla and someone will put you on the right bus). If coming from Bangkok about 100 kilometres to the west, buses run hourly direct to Bang Khla from Morchit or Ekkamai station, or you can take a bus or train to Chachoengsao first and switch to a local bus from there.
Last updated: 30th January, 2013

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