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Khlong Hae Floating Market

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Set in Hat Yai’s quiet northern outskirts, Khlong Hae Floating Market is the only option in Southern Thailand to check out a canal-side market set up for tourism in the Central Thai archetype.

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The fact that this is not an old-school floating market where farmers row their boats to trade at dawn does not mean you should write it off. While those types of “authentic” Thai floating markets are practically extinct, Thai people mainly in the Bangkok area have in recent decades created modern floating markets as a sort of carnival-type spectacle with locals selling cheap foods from wooden sampans on the water, usually near a temple.

Come hungry. Photo taken in or around Khlong Hae Floating Market, Hat Yai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Come hungry. Photo: David Luekens

Khlong Hae follows this example with a line of perhaps 50 boat vendors moored to a walkway that makes it easy to browse the food options. There’s also a large roofed section on land with more stalls selling food, clothes and souvenirs. What could be better than munching on finger foods beside the canal while listening to a Thai singer belt out Alicia Keys songs from the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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