Open on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays, Minburi’s Kwan Riam Floating Market makes for a great day trip. Located in Bangkok’s eastern suburb along the Khlong (Canal) San Saeb, this wonderful market is very laid back and has great food, petting zoos, shops, and entertainment. Opened in 2012, it caters primarily toward Thai tourists and is more upscale than many other floating markets.
The market is located between 187 Ramkhamhaeng Road and 60 Seri Thai Road. Head toward whichever is most convenient to your starting location.
We enter through the Ramkhamhaeng side and walk to the market. There is a free shuttle from Ramkhamhaeng to the market but, since it is a short walk, we opt for the exercise. Entrance to the market is free.
The food selection is excellent throughout the market! Make sure to check out the sit-down restaurants located in floating boats on the khlong. They offer delicious food and great atmosphere.
There are also plenty of food stalls offering tasty treats from all regions of Thailand.
The bridge across the khlong is picturesque and a great place to take some photos of the market and khlong. Construction of the khlong began during the reign of King Rama III in 1837 and took only three years to complete. It was built to transport troops and military supplies into Cambodia during the Annam-Siam War (the war between Vietnam and Thailand: 1831-1834 and 1841-1845). The name, Khlong Saen Saeb, translates to ‘channel of the 100,000 mosquito bites’!
There are boat tours that you can take from the market for 20 baht per person. Even though the guide speaks only in Thai, the boat ride is a great way to see the market and local area.
The guide on our boat was very young! She had a very strong voice and great stage presence.
Photo opportunities abound! We especially loved this one because everyone took photos around the sleeping kitty.
We couldn’t resist!
You will see live eels, frogs, turtles, and fish being sold. These are not for food, but rather for Buddhists to purchase to make merit by releasing them into the khlong.
There are two temples located at the market. On the Ramkhamhaeng side there is the Wat Bampheng Tai and on the Seri Thai side there is Wat Bamphen Nua.
We thoroughly enjoy this market and visit often, especially when we are in the mood for some great khao soi! It is the perfect, relaxing place to grab lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
187 Ramkhamhaeng Road @ 13.797740,100.711340
60 Seri Thai Road @ 13.802826,100.709056
Kwan Riam Floating Market Bridge @ 13.799976,100.709312
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