Taling Chan Floating Market is a weekend market about 14 km west of central Bangkok. Also called Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market, it’s far more genuine than most floating markets near the Thai capital. You can enjoy an excellent seafood lunch sitting on the floor with the locals, ride a longtail boat around the nearby klongs (canals), as well as do a bit of shopping and a lot of food tasting.
The entrance of the Taling Chan Floating Market can be deceivingly bland, thanks to a green plastic roof sheltering mostly plants and gardening stuff. Head further in to find a real market atmosphere, with all kinds of sweets, fruits and fun snacks you should try.
Eating by the river is a fun and local activity at Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market. On weekends, a group of Thai traditional musicians sometimes play for a few hours, adding a nice touch to the entire experience.
Next to the dining area, there’s an incessant stream of long-tail boats along the river. You can ride on one of these boats for a quick tour around the neighbouring canals. It can be a fun addition to your day trip, as you’ll pass by temples, witness the life of people living by the water, and possibly spot giant monitor lizards during the ride.
After exploring the market, it’s a good idea to enjoy a foot massage under the trees. An hour-long treatment costs around 200 baht and makes for a relaxing treat (if you don’t mind the masseuses chatting with each other). Be sure to bring cash when visiting Taling Chan Floating Market – the vendors obviously don’t accept cards and there aren’t any ATMs nearby.