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Bangkok’s Taling Chan Floating Market

Bangkok is said to be the Venice of Asia and one of the things I absolutely could not leave Bangkok without seeing was one of the floating markets. Bangkok has an extensive network of canals and it was once a way of life to get around by boat. Selling goods directly from your boat or doing your shopping right from your waterfront home made life a little easier. Nowadays the floating markets are more of an attraction than a way of life; they are also one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok for both tourists and locals alike. What we didn’t realize is that many of the floating markets are located a fair distance outside of Bangkok and can take quite a bit of time to reach. We found the Taling Chan Floating Market, located just a few kilometers outside of Bangkok.

Taling Chan Floating MarketWe’d read that the Taling Chan Floating Market is mostly enjoyed by locals looking to spend a relaxing day eating and socializing. The absence of all the cheap trinkets and junk we saw at other markets confirmed this and all the delicious food was our favorite part of the market.

Taling Chan Floating Market

Tempura Thai basil was delicious!

Taling Chan Floating Market

This barbecue pork was our favorite! At ~ $0.25 US per stick, we had quite a few of these!

Taling Chan Floating Market

These pork balls were served with a spicy dipping sauce

Taling Chan Floating Market

Thai crispy pancakes come savory or sweet and include 8 for ~ $0.60 US

The market is on the small side, but bring a big appetite because there are plenty is plenty of Thai street food to try! Taling Chan starts out with a walking section of the market where vendors line both sides of the little street. It should be noted that a canal is under construction just behind with plans to add additional barges and enlarge the floating market. Along this section we found tempura vegetables and basil, a variety of meats like fried chicken, pork balls with a spicy dipping sauce, barbecue pork, and Thai crispy pancakes. All were perfect for snacking and walking at the same time.

Taling Chan Floating Market

My, what a big wok you have there!

Taling Chan Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market

Crab are a popular dish to sit at the tables and enjoy

Taling Chan Floating Market

Grilling various kinds of fish, crab, and prawns

Taling Chan Floating Market

Everyone gathers at these low tables to enjoy noodles, salads, and fresh seafood

The streets ends at the river where there are boats and a series of floating barges. Several of the barges are lined with low tables where everyone gathers to eat the fresh seafood, noodles, and Thai treats purchased from the dozen or so boats cooking them below.

Taling Chan Floating MarketAfter stuffing yourself, grab a refreshing coconut, a fresh fruit smoothie, or a frozen coffee and listen to the Thai music. The Thai “band” plays from about 11am – 2pm.

Taling Chan Floating Market

A little girl giggles with glee as she feeds the fish

You can even purchase a loaf of stale bread and feed the fish! It’s a Thai tradition and one that they think brings good luck and fortune.

While Taling Chan Floating Market was the biggest market, we really enjoyed our visit. It’s not at all crowded because it is off the typical tourist paths. Definitely worth a visit, especially for lunch!

Know Before You Go

  • Taling Chan Floating Market is only open on weekends from 8am – 5pm. Bring cash as we didn’t see any ATMs nearby.
  • The market is most easily reached by taxi and it was easy enough to hail a taxi from the main road to take us back to Bangkok.
  • Taling Chan Floating Market is located near Khlong Chak Phra Canal.

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter and bases herself in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and innovation strategist in higher education and is a regular contributor on johnnyjet.com. Her website, jdombstravels.com, is the 2012 Destinology Travel Bloggy Best Newcomer award winner. Google+

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  1. marlene

    made us hungry dad especially wished he could taste some of that

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  2. Devlin @ Marginal Boundaries

    So many delicious treats, so many fried things, oh damn. I can see why anyone would love to go there for a day and relax with friends over mountains of food.

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  3. Jamie

    These photos are beautiful! Loving the colours–not to mention I’m now hungry after reading this!

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  4. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    I didn’t realize that the floating markets aren’t located in the city center. The tempura basil and those crispy pancakes look delicious. It’s amazing how much food you can get for so little money!

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  5. Val-This Way To Paradise

    You just made me really want crab which I can’t get in this part of Mexico!

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  6. Heather

    What a fab place! I’m so bummed we missed out on Bangkok’s markets, but the way the timing of our trip worked out we didn’t spend any weekends in the city. At least we have something to look forward to next time! (Because there will definitely be a next time!)

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  7. Jo (The Blond)

    Oh, look at all this food!! YUM!

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  8. Frank

    Good post – everyone always hears about the floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Never realized there was one in Bankok. I’ll check it out next time.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    We looked at several and had decided on this one mainly because it was closest and we were pressed for time. Though small, I really enjoyed the market and all the delicious food.

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  9. Ian Smith

    It’s great to read someone else who has gone away from the worst of the tourist trail. We made the mistake of going to the big floating market, and it was a rip off, and were lucky to discover others, however we were not in Bangkok over a weekend.

    Great article, made my saliva glands do a Pavlov dog!!

    Have just retweeted your tweet

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  10. Lori

    Famous worldwide :) I hope I’ll see this floating market one day!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Hope you make it to the market Lori! It was one of our favorite things we did while in Bangkok.

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