Thailand

Bangkok Floating Market

Do not leave Bangkok without seeing the Floating Market. Bangkok Floating Market is a remote area  from the city of Bangkok, a long 2 hours journey to be exact. The market is the main waterway for villages moving from home to farm to temple in the old days. Today it is very much a tourists attraction. Experience the lives of people living by the canals, or get a taste of fresh fruits and local delights from the boat paddlers. The best part of the trip seems to be the 30 minutes boat ride to the market, get your camera ready for the rural but scenic view of the houses along the waterway.

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On the boat ride to Floating Market

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Beware of unscrupulous travel agencies who sells the Floating Market tour. The ‘Floating Market’ they sell is actually just a boat ride on a river in Bangkok city, there is nothing to do on the ride except feeding the fish. But the price they charge is the same as the real and original Floating Market.

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Actually I was quite disappointed with the tour. The market is interesting, but not the things they sell. The boat peddlers sells very identical products, the usual stuff of tropical fruits, statue of Buddha, hats and some local dessert. Some of the things are too ‘modern’ to be sell in this traditional market, I saw some even selling toys we could easily get in the shopping mall. I would expect to see more on traditional handicraft and paintings. After all, we don’t travel 2 hours to be here for tropical fruits right?

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