Wang Lang Market is 1 of the many hidden gems when you’re in Bangkok, Thailand.
Wang Lang Market is located straight southwest of Wang Lang Pier and south of Siriraj Hospital on the Thonburi (west) side of the Chao Phraya River.
That sounds like a complicated directions and you may find a bit intimidated to find your way there, but it’s quite easy to get there.
You can either grab a cross-river ferry from Phra Arthit near Khao San Road or Tha Maharaj near the Grand Palace, or any Chao Phraya River ferry, jump off the boat and you’re in the market.
Since Wang Lang Market is located near 1 of Thailand’s largest public hospitals and across the river from Thammasat University, on a daily basis, it serves vast amount of starving students and hungry nurses.
You’ll be assured to find Wang Lang Market is a great place to snack yourself to satiety.
Wang Lang Market (วังหลัง)
I took the Chao Phraya River ferry over to Wang Lang Market and find myself greeted with a lot of local attractions along the way. There is the Wichai Prasit Fort, and also temples along the river bank.
The speed boat that I took stopped me near the area of Tha Maharaj, where the Grand Palace sits. I didn’t went into the Grand Palace but managed to took some of the snapshots from the outside.
From Tha Maharaj, you’ll walk towards the Grand Palace and around 10 minutes walk, you’ll see the Tha Chang pier and here you can grab the ferry across to Wang Lang Market, which cost 30THB.
Shopping & Food at Wang Lang Market (วังหลัง)
When we said shopping, it’s more like Chatuchak Market, rather than Platinum Mall, so brace yourself for the hot and humid weather.
With that being said, the chaos in this market during the rush hours is somehow mesmerising to be in.
The stalls are sprawling around the alleys and the walkways is narrow but somehow people managed themselves and walk through the crowds.
Wang Lang Market doesn’t just specialises in food, but also where local Thais came to shop for their daily needs.
You’ll find random stalls selling apparels, bags, cosmetics and even groceries.
Back to the food part, I’m sorry I didn’t get to capture much food photos in this post, as I arrived during the rush hours and the amount of people is just so overwhelming that I can’t get my camera out for a shot.
But if you’re there, give these a try. I saw this stall was serving a fresh cut of roast pork where the seller is just busy chopping them up.
You can hear its crispy skin with each chop the seller was making.
The pork is a lil fatty to my liking, but the meat is tender and juicy. The skin itself is crazy crispy, almost like deep frying it for a long time.
Next up as a dessert after the oily food is this roast banana. The seller roast the banana in the slow charcoal fire. The banana is sweet and sourish, almost feel like a custard and it taste damn delicious.
Not just local delicacies, but Wang Lang Market does serves up some other cuisines such as pizza and sushi.
After a long walk, I decided to just pop by a sushi store and ordered the mixed sushi platter that priced at 110THB.
To my surprise, the sushi tasted well beyond the price tag it had.
It taste fresh and as authentic you can get out of a proper Japanese restaurant.
Location of Wang Lang Market
Address: Wang Lang Market, Thanon Arunamarin,10700Bangkok.
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm daily
Price Range: Average Bangkok price
How to get there: The easiest way to get there is to take the Chao Phraya River boat to Wang Lang Pier.
Here’s the Google Map link.
If you wish to visit floating market while you’re in Bangkok, give Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market a try.