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Taling Chan and Other Interesting Floating Markets in Bangkok
By:Grahame Pike

The Taling Chan Floating Market is one of a number of floating markets in the Thonburi Province of Bangkok. It is located on the Khlong Chak Phra Canal at the intersection of Chimphli and Chak Phra roads in front of the district office.

It's a weekend market similar to that of Chatuchak, only on a much smaller scale. Stalls erected along the road leading from the canal right up to the district office sell all sorts of handicrafts, ornaments and decorative plants. If you are looking for something to eat here, you won't have to go hungry as there are plenty of ready-to-eat snacks available for you as well as hot meals which you can order from vendors who cook the food on board little wooden boats next to the pier.

The market is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. on weekends and public holidays. The place is an extremely popular local venue but it does however attract a fair amount of tourists although not nearly as much as Damnoen Saduak. Expect this market to be a little less crowded. To get there, travel along the Pin Klao-Nakhon Chaisi Road, then turn left at Taling Chan Police Station onto Chimphli Road. After that, cross the railway line and follow the signs all the way to the district office.

Other floating markets in the area include the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market which is located in Bang Ramat Road along both sides of the Lat Mayom Canal in the Thonburi Province of Bangkok. A marked walking trail through a coconut plantation allow visitors the opportunity to see and learn how locals work in their vegetable gardens. At any time you can relax while having a bite to eat at the food stalls adjacent to the waterfront. The market is open on weekends and public holidays from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.

To get there, drive along route 146 from the city centre to Kanchanaphisek Road. Once there, look out for the Samakom Chao Pak Tai Office also known as the Association for the People of the South. From here it's a fifteen minute drive along the Rod Fai-Wat Pu Theun route until you reach Bang Ramat Road.

Wat Sapan Floating Market is another floating market open on weekends and public holidays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. If you're driving from the Taling Chan Floating Market take Ratchaphruek Road, thereafter make a U-turn at Charan Sanitwong Soi 13 and then a left turn onto the Paknam-Krajome Thong Road.

Wat Sai Floating Market is located in the Thonburi area southwest of Bangkok. There are not as many boats here as most have been replaced with local shops selling their wares along the banks of the canal. The market is open daily from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm. To get there, you would need to hire a long-tail boat from either the Oriental Pier, the Tha Chang Pier, Rachini Pier or Saphan Phut Pier.

These traditional floating markets first started to serve it's own people but soon became a tourist destination and now thousands of visitors frequent them daily.

Hi my name is Grahame Pike and the author of this article. My passion is travel, art, writing and meeting new and interesting people in strange and exotic locations. If you enjoyed reading this page and would like to see the photos relating to this article as well as some of my other editorials on Thailand, please follow me at: http://www.luxury-thailand-travel.com/

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