When travelling, if you wish to truly immerse yourself in the local culture, then visiting a floating market should be on your bucket list.

It’s an extraordinary experience and is typically found in Southeast Asia. You will get the opportunity to interact with the community and perhaps purchase fresh produce, handcrafted goods, or local delicacies. Floating markets are particularly popular in Thailand or Vietnam, offering a glimpse of everyday life.


Bangkok’s Floating Markets

One of the most accessible options is in Bangkok, and it’s not just a tourist attraction but is genuinely used by Thai residents to buy food and other items. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market has dozens of wooden boats selling everything you could imagine.

You can stroll along the side of the canal, where many boats are moored, and enjoy delicious food cooked right in front of you. Another option is to take a boat trip through the market, to discover the other vendors who are not permanently moored.

If seafood is a favourite, head to Amphawa Floating Market for a tasty, fresh lunch.

Tips When Visiting Floating Markets

It’s recommended that you haggle, as many goods are initially expensive, and realistically, the sellers won’t expect you to offer the full price. Take the local currency in small denominations, and don’t expect to be able to pay with your credit card.

Try and visit early in the morning, even though it’s likely to be more crowded, as typically the markets close around midday. Do be aware of the distances involved when travelling to the markets. For instance, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is not actually in Bangkok, but 60 miles from the capital.

If travelling in Southeast Asia, then it’s undoubtedly worthwhile taking the time to visit a floating market for a unique, local experience.


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