One of the more popular things to do in Bangkok, for locals and visitors alike, is visit a floating market. While some of the larger floating markets (Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa) are located outside of Bangkok and provide locals with a one-day trip location on the weekends, there are other riverside markets right in the city that are great for a quick meal or further exploration. Lad Mayom Floating Market, which is set in a relaxing spot in Bangkok’s rural western district, is very popular among locals but little known to tourists. The charm and authenticity of Lad Mayom defines what makes riverside markets such a pleasurable experience.
Customer feedback – “If you’re looking for a floating market in Bangkok to experience, then this is it. It’s a medium sized market on land along a small canal with some boats selling fruits and veggies. Grilled fish & prawn a must try! There really are not many tourists. To be honest, I hope this place stays the way it is now – away from commercial tourism gimmicks and authentically local. I’d definitely come back here!”
Many visitors enjoy the serenity of the market’s location while others are overwhelmed by the market’s colorful atmosphere and outstanding food choices. Your visit to Lad Mayom is sure to please, whether you relish the idea of discovering this ‘hidden’ market resting just below the big city skyline or are excited to explore the many tastes on offer.
Eating is certainly one of the most popular reasons to visit the Lad Mayom Floating Market. In addition to eating, visitors can shop at stalls overflowing with inexpensive clothing, house decorations, artwork, flowers and plants. Since the largest area of the market rests directly along the riverside, finding a view while taking a rest from your journey is rarely a problem.
Customer feedback – “This is the best floating market in Bangkok. Good for family. l love it.”
As you stroll through the market, our guide can make food suggestions based on your needs or introduce you to some of the more rare treats that are available.
Some of the more unique items you will see, and have the chance to eat, at the Lad Mayom Floating Market:
- Pla Pao (ปลาเผา) – Salt-crusted grilled fish.
- Koong Ob Woonsen (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น) If you love shrimp, you’re going to love this.
- Gai Galae (ไก่กอและ) – Grilled chicken covered in a BBQ sauce made from made from coconut milk and dry chilies.
- Miniature pineapple from Chiang Rai – Known for its sweet, juicy, and crispy texture.
- Khao Lam (ข้าวหลาม) – Sticky rice combined with sugar and coconut milk that has been slow roasted inside a stalk of bamboo.
Lad Mayom Floating Market is a pleasure to visit. Although the market can get very busy during meal times, it remains a calm and friendly market where visitors can easily spend an hour or two walking around.
Customer feedback – “This is not a typical floating market like we see in Thailand – thus you will find few tourists. Which is not a bad thing. The food on offer is amazing, many you can’t easily find in Bangkok. Anything from grilled seafood, colorful desserts, BBQs, noodles and rice, and fruit. Be there early, because by 11am there will be a lot of locals coming out for brunch.”
Lad Mayom Floating Market can be visited Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Closed on weekdays).
The best way to travel to this bustling market is by boat and we recommend that you consider booking your visit to Lad Mayom Floating Market in addition to either our 50 (approx) minute Bangkok Canal Tour or Two Hour Bangkok Canal Tour.
Things you should be aware of when visiting the Lad Mayom Floating Market:
- Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended since you will need to climb in and out of boats.
- Photography is highly encouraged along every part of this tour.
- Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure.