Eating by the river is such an integral part of the Thai lifestyle that you simply must try it while you are in Thailand. Taling Chan Floating Market is just few kilometres outside Bangkok and still far enough away to have not yet have been converted into a full scale tourist trap. It has everything you need to spend a good half day at and is more genuine than more famous floating markets like Amphawa and Damoen Saduak.
At Taling Chan you can enjoy a tasty seafood lunch while sitting on the floor with locals, ride a longtail boat around the nearby khlongs, do a bit of shopping and heaps of food tasting. You can even get a foot massage under the trees for only 200 baht! Ask us about a trip to Taling Chan Floating Market and enjoy it while it still feels ‘local’ with your very own local guide!
Floating markets are irresistible to both tourists and Thai people alike. Wherever there is a weekend floating market there is food. But some markets are so popular that they’ve turned into not much more than a photo opportunity, like the famous old Damoen Saduak. Others like Amphawa are still authentic but are crowded to such extent it’s just not as fun anymore.
The entrance to the market isn’t very impressive with its gaudy green plastic roof sheltering mostly plants and gardening gear but the real market is beyond and promises all kinds or sweets, fruits and fun snacks to try. Once through the plant section, continue on through the many vendors with their wares and foods spread out on tables lining both sides of the walkway that leads to the floating part of the market.
Once past a small bridge, you can’t miss all the wooden boats moored along the riverbank. Most of them are cooking huge prawns on small barbecues along with blue crabs and large fish, while others prepare the famous Som Tum for the diners sitting at the traditional wooden platforms and low tables.
Surprisingly, while the cooks are grilling fish on their little boats, hundreds of huge catfish permanently swarm the waters of the canal and tourists love to feed them colourful pellets. To add to the atmosphere, a group of Thai traditional musicians play during the day.
The incessant stream of longtail boats add a local feel and you can ride on one for a quick tour around the neighbouring khlongs. It’s a fun addition to your daytrip as you’ll pass by temples and see local people living by the water, maybe you’ll spot one or two giant monitor lizards!
Things to see and do at Taling Chan Floating Market
- The food!
Fresh fish, snacks on sticks, snacks on grills, quail eggs (a common street food), grilled shrimp, crabs, cockles, and even salt crusted sea bass with their mouths stuffed full of lemongrass are some of the irresistible savoury snacks you’ll find here. A huge range of delectable desserts are on offer like crispy sweet cream crepes and caramel rice cake desserts. Don’t forget the awesome fruits like rambutan, and of course there’s durian. Along with beers and drinks, Taling Chan Floating Market is a foodies paradise!
Enjoy an hour long foot massage for just 200 baht.
You could begin your own tropical garden paradise from here if only you could take them home!
- You’ll find pre-planned longtail boat trips that run all the way here from Saphin Taksin BTS Station.
Important things to remember about Taling Chan Floating Market
- It’s mostly a food market, rather than just catering to tourists.
- You’ll even find pre-planned longtail boat trips all the way here from Saphin Taksin BTS Station.
- Bring cash as there are not many traders that accept credit card or EFTPOS options.
- Get there before 11am. The market begins to get full after then and you might not get a table.
- If you don’t want to eat on the floor, you’ll find traders with tables and chairs near the railway bridge.
- Restaurants usually have an illustrated menu so ordering isn’t too difficult. In the worst-case scenario you can just point at what you’d like on a neighbouring table.
- Taling Chan Floating Market is closer to central Bangkok so you won’t need to devote the whole day to the trip. You can also take public transport all the way. As a suggestion, if you don’t have your own transportation, you can ride the BTS until the last station ‘Wongwian Yai’ then get a taxi for about 150 baht.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is nearby and can be done in the same day as Taling Chan. Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is huge and also isn’t overrun with tourists. It’s also packed with food options and offers boat rides through the canals.
Located 12 km outside Bangkok, Taling Chan Floating Market is still easily accessible without having to wake up early! Taling Chan Floating Market is located at Chim Phli 1, Khwaeng Khlong Chak Phra, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon and is open Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.