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“Thailand floating”

Bangkok, Thailand. November 2019. (12 photos)

This is Part 4 of my posts about Thailand, and Part 17 of my posts about my near month-long visit to Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore in November 2019.

Floating markets abound throughout parts of South East Asia, and the experience of visiting one borders upon being iconic in Thailand. Β So it was inevitable that apart from visiting the Maeklong Railway Market that I would visit a floating market whilst in Thailand. In fact, I visited 3 of them, all outside of Bangkok.

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“Tha Ka vendors”

Tha Ka is a small Thailand floating market outside of Bangkok, more of a locals market than a tourists market, so the emphasis here seemed to be the selling of fresh produce and the eating of freshly cooked food.

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“Cooking to order”

Arriving in the morning I made sure to (over)indulge on the food options available.

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“Lady of the lake”

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“3 ladies”

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“Scenic cruise on the khlong”

Being in a rural setting, there was plenty of time to enjoy a very peaceful ride along the canals after my fill of food.

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“Damnoen Saduak”

In stark contrast the Damnoen Saduak floating market is a lot busier and more touristy. There are also plenty of food options here and those 2 boats selling coconut ice cream and mango with sticky rice both caused me to open my wallet without hesitation.

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“Traffic jam”

At times it feels like being stuck in peak hour traffic there.

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The other floating market I visited was Amphawa, also touristy but less so than Damnoen Saduak.

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“Seafood and eat it”

I was here for dinner. The freshly cooked seafood direct from the boats was delicious.

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“Sunset on Amphawa”

And the sunset was beautiful.


This is Part 4 of my posts about Thailand, and Part 17 of my posts about my near month-long visit to Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore in November 2019.

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Thailand Floating


76 thoughts on “Thailand Floating

    • To think the outbreak had already started in China whilst I was in Myanmar, just across the border. It’s possible Australia and New Zealand will commence travel betweenone another before the year’s end, but it is unlikely I’ll be allowed to leave the country to visit elsewhere before mid 2021 without being forced into 2 weeks quarantine upon return.

  1. You always give such a great feeling for a place. It’s especially good to be able to travel along with you when we have been confined so much to home. The upturned faces made me smile but the picture that captivated me most is of the green foliage. It is so hard to capture anything other than a contrasty mess in conditions like that, but your technique gives so much detail.

    • Thank you very much. I was based in Bangkok so the cruise along the canals amongst the foliage was quite a pleasure. I try to find a focal point in such scenes to lead the eye. The light on the bridge ahead works in that photo.

    • Thanks. Only recently have we been allowed to leave the area we live in to visit the rest of the state. Interstate travel just starting up again. International travel (except maybe to NZ) off the cards until mid next year I suspect.

  2. I so wanted to visit Tha Ka when we were in Thailand but circumstances did not permit. Thank you for taking me there. Great images. I’d heard of tourist troves at Damnoen Saduak so steered clear, but you make the chaos look like fun. Beautiful sunset on Amphawa. So missing SE Asia.

    • Yes, Damnoen Saduak can be frantic, but I accepted it for what it is and enjoyed the ride from vendor to vendor on the canals, eating to my heart’s content. πŸ™‚ Agreed, that was a beautiful sunset to end the day. I’m glad I got there before Covid-19 did.

    • Thanks. Yes, the more popular ones should be visited early to avoid the crowds but that’s not always possible, so anticipate the crowded vibe and enjoy the food and you won’t be disappointed.

  3. I greatly enjoyed this trip, Lignum, and I love the aerial shot of the vendors. Getting close to dinner time might not be the ideal time to read and see this, though. I think my dinner will suffer by comparison! Stay healthy!


    • Thank you, Janet. Thailand is rightly famous for its great (and cheap) food. I did 3 food tours whilst I was there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Have a lovely dinner.

  4. J.D. Riso says:

    Beautiful images. I never did make it to a floating market during my visit so many years ago. My ex lives in BKK and he tells me that it’s absolutely dead/sad right now. They apparently are considering raising costs to attract luxury tourists after it reopens. Not sure that’s such a good idea…

    • I can imagine, the tourism industry and attractions are all suffering. I recall Bangkok was the most visited city in the world a couple of years ago, so the strain from lost tourism would be immense. I’m getting a bit stir-crazy myself, but not taking any risks.

  5. Your pictures made for the perfect virtual trip this morning. Although it pulled on my heartstrings as I miss the freedom to travel, it did quench most of that thirst. I suspect that the world will be upside-down for a very long time to come. My heart really aches for the millions of people who rely on tourism and have no income anymore. How do they survive?

    • Thanks, Jolandi. I know the Australian Govt has flagged our borders will be closed until mid next year at the earliest in all likelihood, so domestic travel is the only option for a while, but I doubt that’s enough to sustain many in the industry. Unemployment benefits are barely enough in most countries. Yes, it’s going to be a struggle world-wide.

      • It definitely is going to be. Sadly so. And only time will tell which decisions were good ones and which ones weren’t, I guess. I suspect we will all have to take a good look at how we live and how we will adjust to the new restrictions and realities of life. I was hoping to get to our land in Portugal, but the UAE is not yet on the EU list of countries whose residents can travel there. Although the emirate of Dubai has opened up for tourists yesterday, Abu Dhabi (and the rest of the country) hasn’t. Only if you can show a negative Covid test result are you allowed in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. I am biding my time, and if I am lucky I will be able to just make a permanent move to Portugal in the next couple of months. Fingers crossed. Do you have some plans for domestic travel until you wait for the border to open?

        • I wish you the best for getting to your new home in Portugal – the situation is so fluid at the moment.
          At the moment, Melbourne has just gone back into lockdown because of a significant outbreak or second wave of disease, and this has the potential to impact the whole country. So, no plans to leave Sydney at all for the moment until the situation becomes clearer.

  6. Wow! Imagine king Arthur’s surprise, had he met YOUR lady of the lake. No glistening sword of kings in hand, but a very serviceable hat. You must have been rolling home that day, after 3 floating markets, ice-cream, fish…

  7. Scenes like thing make me fantasize about recruiting a couple Thai friends (one of whom is an exceptional photographer) to act as tour guides on a Thailand trip. Alas, that’ll just have to be a fantasy for a while…

  8. Lovely photos of the markets but also of the people that spend their days here. I can only imagine how colourful and chaotic it is in person! Hope you are staying safe πŸ™‚

    • The quiet market was a delight, and the busier market was an experience for the senses. All good as far as I’m concerned.
      Thank you. I hope you’re keeping well too.

  9. Looks like a busy and delicious place. I would love to have some seafood now! I especially like the second photo β€œTha Ka Vendors” because of the angle that shows all the wonderful produce on display, three hats and one lady smiling!

  10. Visiting three floating markets outside of Bangkok. You sure were busy while you were over there. It’s such a humble life, selling food on floating boats all day long. I hope you got good serves of the coconut ice-cream and mango sticky rice πŸ˜€

    • Thailand was fantastic for good cheap food, so I was in heaven. I did 3 separate food tours while there. Food is a major reason for visiting the floating markets. Coconut ice cream and mango/durian sticky rice was a daily staple for me. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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