Taling Chan Floating Market
Operating day : Saturday - Sunday
Operating time : 08.00 - 17.00
Bangkok has an extensive network of canals and it was once a way of life to get around by boat. These low wetlands were once covered in thick jungle before the development of Bangkok as the metropolis it is today. The areas closest to the river banks were populated first and logistically it was just easier to get around by boat on the river than to go through the jungle. Selling goods directly from your boat or doing your shopping right from your waterfront home made life a little easier.
As urban development began, the low wetlands were drained by creative the system of canals. The floating market and shopping from them was already established, but this new network of canals meant that traders could travel with their good and sell them a little further afield. The Thai floating market became a way of life.
Nowadays the floating markets are more of an attraction than the way of life they once were; they are also one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok for both tourists and locals alike.
What we didn’t realize is that many of the floating markets are located a fair distance outside of Bangkok and most of them are only very early in the morning. It can take quite a bit of time to get to the floating markets from Bangkok because of the distance and Bangkok’s infamous traffic, making a 7am departure necessary for many Bangkok floating market tours.
Taling Chan Floating Market Bangkok is located just 12 kilometers outside of downtown Bangkok and takes around 30 minutes to get there. It’s easy to go on your own by taking the BTS to Wongwian Yai Station and then taking a taxi the rest of the way for around 150 Baht. Or you can also book a Bangkok Taling Chan Floating Market tour if you don’t want the hassle of getting there and back yourself.