The Bangkok Floating Markets

BANGKOK FLOATING MARKETS - A MUST SEE

I instantly fell in love with Bangkok; the food, the people, the city, are all so vibrant and full of life!

Before starting our 29 Day Indochina Tour with G Adventures, my mom and I had an extra day to explore the city on our own. We opted to do a half day tour of the floating markets.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

Little did we know, it was an hour and a half drive outside Bangkok itself. Though pretty far, it was definitely worth it. Both my mom and I had an amazing time seeing just how the people make their living at these markets.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

Upon arriving at the start of the markets, you have the option to do a one hour or two-hour tour. We decided to do the two hours. At first I thought that would be far too long, but in the end, we would’ve happily stayed longer!

Bangkok Floating Markets stalls

Before starting,  get yourself an ice cold Chang to drink while you float. Don’t worry if you run out, plenty of vendors sell beer along the way 😉

The Bangkok Floating Markets

Our boat driver first led us along narrow, palm tree lined waterways.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

Then we started passing all kinds of vendors. They were selling everything from food, clothes, to souvenirs, and art!

Bangkok Floating Markets stall

The Bangkok Floating Markets

We continued along passing house after house, presumably those of the vendors that worked in the floating markets. It’s hard to imagine making a living that way.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

Halfway through our journey, we stopped at one of the Buddhist temples. This was our first taste of temples in Thailand.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

This was one particularly beautiful. As a sign of respect, you must cover your shoulders and take off your shoes.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

My mom and I gave a donation to receive a blessing. We gave flowers and candles, and then put gold leaves on statues of the Buddha. It was a very spiritual experience.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

On the steps was a dog that lived at the temple. Someone drew blue eyebrows on him, it was hilarious!

The Bangkok Floating Markets

After the temple, we floated into the most hectic and busy part of the market.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

We could hardly row through without bumping into another boat next to us!

The Bangkok Floating Markets

People were selling fruits, food, and drinks out of boats — even boiling hot soup! I really love some of the photos I got from the market:

Bangkok Floating Markets woman covered up

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

We made a necessary pit stop to refuel on Chang and bought the best mango I have ever had.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

The Bangkok Floating Markets

I found it interesting to see some people making a living in such a simple way, selling produce out of a boat, yet on their cell phones…

The Bangkok Floating Markets

After leaving the market, we continued along the waterway surrounded by palm trees again.

The Bangkok Floating Markets

We even spotted one of these water monitors!

The Bangkok Floating Markets

If you are ever in Bangkok, I highly recommend a trip out to the floating markets. Many say it’s gotten a bit touristy, but I still thought it was a wonderful experience!

xx Chels

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