We decided to head to Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market to take a boat ride and eat. This market is a great destination for a short day trip from the west side of Bangkok. The market is famous for delicious food, boat tours, and shopping.
We have seen the hours of operation listed on various websites as both 8 AM to 5 PM and 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. If you scroll through their Facebook page, you will notice that they have responded to questions on the closing time as both 4 PM and 4:30 PM – whenever people begin closing up their stalls. Opening time is fluid as well; some stalls start opening very early, others become active later.
Our strategy was to visit the market on the second day of a three day weekend created by a national holiday. The first day has massive amounts of traffic due to the mass exodus. The third day has massive traffic from everyone returning. On the second day, you can move around Bangkok fairly easily in light traffic. We arrived at the market at 7:45 AM, a full 30 minutes earlier than we anticipated with the empty roads.
We parked a slight distance from the actual market at the location that the non-motorized boat tours depart. Being early, parking was a wide open. Two hours later, the roads leading to the market were very crowded and parking was scarce. We were also able to park facing out into the road, making for a quick exit at the end of the day when the market was very crowded and busy.
Finding the pier is very easy, just follow the large signs.
We walked right up and got a boat all to ourselves. The boat tour is 100 THB / 3.3 USD each round trip. You can opt to be dropped at the market, but we wanted to walk to ensure we could find our car at the end of the day.
One of the benefits of being early is that you get to see the khlong come alive with local traffic and commuters. This early in the morning there are no other tourists on the water.
It was very quiet and peaceful. We loved seeing local residents going about their morning on the water.
Nice homes have a two boat garage!
There is even a grocery store for boat traffic.
The tour continues past the turn to the market to a lotus pond. While they are not at their prime this time of year (I have read that they peak in January and February), there were still beautiful flowers to view.
Intersections even have street (khlong) signs. This is the turn to head toward the floating market.
This time of morning, the market is quiet and just starting to come to life.
Since we were heading back to the pier, we turned off the market khlong and zig-zagged our way on smaller canals. It was fun passing morning commuters heading into the market for work.
Here is a map of the route that our hour long boat ride followed. The yellow line shows the route out and back until we turned toward the market. The route then follows the purple line zig-zagging our way back to the starting point. It was a fun and relaxing ride, a great way to start our day at the market.
One benefit of going early was that the loud long-tailed boat tours had not started. Later in the day these boats parked in the main part of the market were packed full. They have farther destination options, and would certainly be a fun trip. On this visit, we were just wanting to enjoy the morning tranquility. The prices that we saw listed were also 100 THB / 3.3 USD per person. Some of the destination options were not available due to the low water level.
After our boat tour, we headed on foot to the land based portion of the market to begin grazing. Divided into six zones, the market has lots of interesting shops to explore between snacks.
While this is called a floating market, it is primarily land based. You will see lots of boat traffic, but you do not ride a boat and snack like at some floating markets.
My plan was to slowly snack all day, never filling up. We would explore other areas of the market between snacks. We started with baby octopus 60 THB / 2 USD.
After exploring for awhile, we next had mussels (100 THB / 3.3 USD).
I spotted butterflied ducks rotating over hot coals. This is where my grazing plan fell apart. I love duck.
It was cooked to absolute perfection. It was some of the best duck I have ever had, and I eat duck every chance I get. So we bought an entire duck (250 THB / 8.2 USD), sat down, and ate it between us. Game over. After just three items we were stuffed for the day.
I highly recommend visiting this stall if you like duck:
Right next to where we ate there is another duck restaurant that looks enticing.
Their duck also looks very delicious. Maybe on our next visit we will buy half a duck at each location and compare them!
Everywhere I looked there was another dish that I would like to try. It gives us lots of reasons to return!
While we were too stuffed to continue eating, we could still shop. We bought handmade earrings, an antique abacus, unique chopstick rests, and some great fresh produce. I also won a small stuffed animal at a shooting arcade (20 THB / .7 USD for 10 shots). On our next visit we want to paint our own pottery, but we were too tired this time!
We had a fantastic time at Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. We enjoy eating at floating markets and are excited to have one near us. When we lived on the east side of Bangkok, we enjoyed visiting Kwan Riam Floating Market regularly, but it is a little too far from us to be worth the long drive.
While the most convenient option is to drive using GPS, you can also get there by taking the BTS Skytrain to Bang Wa Station and then taking a taxi the rest of the way. Tell the driver “Talad Nam Khlong Lat Mayom.” Alternatively, print out the name in Thai and show it to the driver:
After your visit, simply flag a taxi and return to Bang Wa Station.
- Don Mueang International Airport @ 13.920257,100.601909
- Suvarnabhumi International Airport @ 13.693281,100.750802
- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market @ 13.761760,100.415413
- Parking @ 13.762060,100.414141
- Non-motorized Boat Tour @ 13.761738,100.414156
- Lotus Pond @ 13.759649,100.416416
You can copy and paste the latitude and longitude into Google Earth, your browser, or into your GPS.
*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.