If you happen to read about things to do in Bangkok, visiting floating market will definitely be one the agenda in the article. Visiting floating market can be a lot of fun, but at the same time chaotic as some of these floating markets like Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa is full of tourists. 1 of my favourite floating market in Bangkok is Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม) instead.
Located right at the outskirt of Central Bangkok, it’s easily accessible via public transport within 30 to 45 minutes of travel, as compared to other floating markets.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you all the food you can have, things to do and what you can expect when you visit Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Before I even start, did you know that Bangkok have the nickname as “Venice of the East“? This is due its vast crisscrossed canals and waterways in Central Bangkok. Today, a lot of people still relies on canals for transportation, even-though most canals have been filled in to make ways for roads, but certain canals are still being retain.
Floating market, although not as authentic as it used to be, many local Thais still goes during weekend to walk about, do some shopping and of course, to do some eating!
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม) remains as my floating market as it’s quieter compared to other, but still with abundance of great food to eat.
While you might imagine there are thousand of boats floating around the market, but in actual fact, the floating part of the market is quite quiet and there are just a few vendors selling vegetables and some restaurant boats selling noodles.
The Food in Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
Once you alight from your chosen transportation, from the outside, it looks small, but don’t be fooled by it. Khlong Lat Mayom is pretty good sized sprawling market .
From the main road, go onto the left side of the market, and go through the market at the canal side, you’ll see some bamboo picnic tables. Kind of like foodcourt seating area. The tables are first-come-first-served basis, hence be sure to grab onto a table first before you start buying your food in the market.
1 of the absolute best things to eat have to be Pla pao (ปลาเผา). It’s the Thai Salt Crusted Grilled Fish. The fish is traditionally cleaned up of the inner organs and stuffed with some spices including lemongrass. It’s then heavily covered with salt and grilled over charcoal fire.
Once it’s ready to eat, you peeled off the skin which is hardened and you’ll have a juicy fish meat presented to you. Dipped into their spicy and sour sauce, you’ll find yourself taking bite after bite.
Another must try when you’re in this market is Goong ob woon sen (กุ้งอบวุ้นเส้น). It’s mungbean noodles cooked in their sauce and topped with fresh river prawns. The muscles of the prawn is going to wrestle with your teeth.
Might not be a must try, but Thai version of Grilled Chicken have their own attractions. Gai Yang ไก่ย่าง) is marinated with spicy sauce and grilled over slow charcoal fire. You’re assured of a great bite!
For some reason, this stall selling Som Tam (Papaya Salad) is crazy popular and it will filled with people from the time I arrived till I’m about to leave. I wonder what’s so nice about it…
The Walk-around in Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
After a fulfilling meal, a walk would be nice to help with the heavy tummy. As you walk around, you’ll be greeted with lush green scenery.
The bridge is made of out of woods and bamboos, pretty cool isn’t it?
And also some nostalgia decoration items for you instagrammers!
Not to forget these quirky looking decoration along the way.
Last but not least, a cup of great coffee using the Moka Pot might be just what you need to end the trip in this floating market. This coffee place is especially awesome, as it let you prepare your own coffee. To know more, you can read my blog post here about DIY Coffee.
Location & Details of Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market:
Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday and major holidays (closed on weekdays).
Price Range: Prices are average Bangkok prices
How to get to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market: The easiest and cheapest way is to take the BTS Skytrain to Bang Wa station on the Thonburi side of Bangkok. From Bang Wa, grab a taxi and tell the driver “Talad Nam Khlong Lat Mayom (ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม)”, it will take about 15 minutes to get to the market and cost about 80 THB.
Here’s the Google Map link.