Discover Bangkok’s Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is Bangkok’s most authentic floating market. And here is why.
It is a discreet floating market in Bangkok’s outer district of Taling Chan. It is rarely visited by western travelers. It is more difficult to get to than other floating markets, the food is amazing, the long tail boat rides are incredible.
Moreover the local atmosphere is really chilled out and relaxed.
What is a Floating Market?
In the past Bangkok was referred to as the Venice of the east. The city was largely accessible by a network of khlongs or canals rather than roads. Instead of just traveling by water it was also popular to sell goods right out of a boat and there you have a floating market.
The name suggests floating markets are directly on the water but not all are. The majority of floating markets like Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market are based around the water. They are surrounded by a network of canals and accessed by boat similar to Bangkok’s Bang Krachao.
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What to do at the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market?
Eat, Eat, Eat
The first thing to do at Bangkok’s floating markets is eat. Thai’s love their food and love to eat. A trip to a floating market is definitely no exception.
At the entrance of the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market you are welcomed with a huge selection of food. Choose from Thai foods such as Pad Thai with Shrimp or try a bowl of Gui Taiw Rice Noodles in a blood based soup.
If you’re a seafood fanatic be sure to try the grilled prawns, scallops or a plate of snails. This buffet sized portion only costs about 500THB (25USD) and will fill two people easy.
Foodies be sure to check out this full guide to the food at the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market.
Explore the Thonburi Klongs
The area surrounding the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is connected by a network of boardwalks stretching in all directions. I recommend that rather than trying to plan your way around you just choose a direction and wander.
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Walking the Thonburi klongs reveals a hidden side of Bangkok you’d never imagine encountering in the city. The slow lifestyle here is dogs sleeping by the water, young children fishing, elderly women paddling with a single oar, and no cars.
Ride a Longtail Boat in the Thonburi Klongs
To explore the Thonburi klongs further than foot allows you should hop on a longtail boat. These long colorful wooden boats are the traditional Thai water taxis and a key aspect of life by the water in Thailand.
There are two options you can choose for the longtail boat ride:
- a visit to a temple
- a visit to a traditional Thai house
The traditional Thai house is a rare find in Bangkok now days, and is becoming even rarer due to mass property development. I recommend this as the more unique option.
The route to the traditional house will take you through kilometers of riverside communities rarely seen by western tourists. Seeing this side of Bangkok’s culture is an unforgettable experience. A must do trip for deeper look into the traditional Thai village life by the river.
A longtail boat ride departing the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market costs 60THB for Thais and 100THB for foreigners. Don’t question the price difference or try negotiating, it won’t work.
Where is the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market located?
The Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is located in Taling Chan in the north west of Bangkok. This sleepy district is hidden between a network of highways yet is seemingly invisible from the outside world.
How to Get to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market?
There are a few ways to get to the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, however the two easiest options are:
- BTS & Taxi: take the BTS skytrain to Bang Wa at the end of the Silom line, this a takes about 20 minutes from Siam station. From Bang Wa it is another 15 minute taxi ride to the floating market which generally costs 100THB each way. All-in-all this option will costs about 300THB each. Not bad for a Bangkok day trip!
- Taxi direct: depending on where you are coming from a taxi directly can be the cheaper and faster option. If staying around the Khao Sarn Road area this will be the preferred option costing about 200THB each way in total.
Other Markets in Bangkok You Should Visit
- Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram
- Damnoen Sadauk Flaoting Market in Samut Songkhram
- Bang Nampheung Floating Market in Bang Krachao
- Bangkok’s Train Market (Maeklong Railway Market)
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