Discover Bangkok’s Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is the most authentic floating market in Bangkok. Here’s 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. That is the idea of a floating market.
The name suggests floating markets are directly on the water but not all are. Many floating markets like Khlong Lat Mayom and Bang Krachao floating market are actually built around the canals.
Things to do at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market
Eat until you’re full
The first thing to do at the Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is exploring the huge range of food available. The Thai people love to eat, and one of the best places to do this is at a floating market.
At the entrance of the market, you are welcomed with a huge selection of food. Choose from the typical foods like Pad Thai and Fried Rice, or try a bowl of Gui Taiw Rice Noodles in a blood-based soup.
Seafood lovers have to try the barbecued prawns and scallops, or a plate of sea snails. A huge buffet sized portion only costs about 500 THB (25 USD). It will easily make two people very full.
For more food options be sure to check out this guide on the market by food blogger – Migrationology.
Explore the Thonburi Klongs
The area surrounding the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is connected by a series of boardwalks. You can walk along the canals in all directions until you eventually reach a dead-end. Rather than carefully planning your route, just pick a direction and walk until the end.
Walking the Thonburi klongs reveals a hidden side of Bangkok that you wouldn’t expect to find in the big city. Replace cars and traffic jams with rowboats, people fishing, and dogs sunbaking by the water. Instead of 7/11s on every corner, you will find small Ma & Pa stores in ramshackle wooden buildings.
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 nowadays 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 small communities along the canals. Seeing this side of Bangkok’s culture is an unforgettable experience, and is a must do for an authentic experience.
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?
The the two easiest ways of getting to the Khlong Lat Mayom floating market 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 cost about 300THB each. Not bad for a Bangkok day trip!
- A 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.
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