Why not escape those inevitable January blues this #FridayFunday? Wouldn’t you like to indulge in a little retail therapy along the picturesque waterways of Thailand’s floating markets?!
Whilst visiting this enchanting country, you must see and experience one of the many traditional floating markets located throughout Bangkok and the surrounding provinces.
Originating from the early days when many people used their boats as transportation, communities formed along the riversides for survival. The floating markets told stories of their lives. Today, the biggest attraction of these little shopping havens is the fresh Thai food cooked and served along the water’s edge as well as a wide range of trinket shopping in every direction.
Here are a few of the most popular markets…the best ones for you to visit:
This popular with Thai locals. The whole neighbourhood comes together every weekend and vendors row their boats laden with exciting and colourful foods such as ‘boat noodles’, Pad Thai, traditional style coffee and desserts.
This is one of the busiest floating markets and is very popular with tourists. Lots of hustle and bustle, massive crowds of people and an abundance of souvenirs!
This fairly new market opens every weekend. Open from early morning until late evening, here you can try local Thai delicacies like Ma-ho – an ancient Thai dessert which is simply DIVINE. It is a paradise for food lovers! At night, take a boat and see hundreds of ‘shimmering fireflies dancing’ which is simply spectacular!
Situated in the west of Bangkok, this market is open weekends from 8 until 5 and shows how the locals live. Turn up early and you will see tables along the water’s edge filled with people eating crab legs, roasted prawns and the famous roasted snake head fish! Be sure to try the ‘boat noodles’ here, a renowned Thai dish filled with superb flavours!
Situated in southern Bangkok, this market is calmer and not so crowded but still has many things to buy and countless different foods to try. A perfect place to unwind over dinner by the river.
Thailand is full of the familiar, cultural, weird and the wonderful and the authentic feel of the floating markets definitely add to the country’s impressive charm. Be sure to visit when holidaying in Thailand – starting with one or more of the list above is an excellent place to begin! For more information on the cultural secrets of Thailand, contact a Just Love Travel expert today to plan your dream luxury holiday!