I'll be travelling to Thailand in Sept and will only be there for about 3 days.
I just need some advise on where there are any good floating markets in/nearby Bangkok. It's just one of the things we want to experience. (The other things on our to do list include going on an elephant ride - haven't decided where yet, shopping at chatuchak market and of course, visiting the Grand Palace.
I might also be taking a quick trip down to Pattaya but I heard the pattaya floating market is not so good (lots of shops are closed, water is murky, not worth a trip there) so the ones in bangkok would be my best bet.
Hope to some help on this - any info will be great!
#1 LGR_2010 has been a member since 2/4/2010. Posts: 23
Richard Barrow has a good site for this kind of thing called Unseen Thailand. Have a rummage round there.
You might enjoy Taling Chan weekend market. Not a very big floating market but also not nearly so much a tourist trap as Damnoen Saduak. There are some details in a trip report I wrote last year. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page).
Unfortunately the "great pics" of the canal trip and market that were there don't work any more as my (free from TF) flickr pro account has expired now and I haven't renewed it. When I tried to, Flickr required me to give Yahoo all sorts of personal details. Personally I think Yahoo is a cyber thug ...even after deleting the program that wretched and very nosy Yahoo toolbar hasn't go away...so I'm not giving it my name, address and bank details as well. Sorry about that!
I'd recommend Amphawa: http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com/
"Amphawa Floating Market is an afternoon floating market by the canal near Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during 12.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m., the Amphawa Canal is occupied by vendors who pack their boats with food and drinks, such as fried sea mussel, noodles, coffee, O-liang (iced black coffee), sweets, etc."
I stayed there for 2 nights back in 2008 and loved it. Amphawa is an area that fill up on the weekend with Thais who are escaping Bangkok for a weekend break. It isn't touristy at all in the 'vendors selling cheap and nasty trinkets' sense - it was very much a 'local style' market. There was an excellent range of food, we got the chance to talk to some lovely locals, and there were some fantastic photo opps. I think we saw a total of maybe 5 other non-Thai tourists there over the 2 days.
Not sure how you could organise a day trip there - you will have to do a bit of research on that one. (My sister and I had hired a car so we drove ourselves there). But it's worth the effort.
The next morning we went to the nearby touristy floating market (possibly Damnoen Saduak)
and in comparison, it was awful.
If you can manage it, I would suggest you stay a night. We stayed in a placed that was literally built on the klong, where you could relax on comfy chairs on the riverside and just watch the locals getting on with their business. We planned to stay for 1 night, and stayed for 2. It was a real gem of a find for us.