10.12.2016 - 10.12.2016 33 °C
SYMBOL OF TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
FLOATING MARKET WITHOUT CANAL IS NOT NAMED A FLOATING MARKET. KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET IS OF NO EXCEPTION. THE CANAL NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
THE ICONIC BRIDGE AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET THAT CONNECTS 2 SIDES OF THE MARKET
Floating markets is one of the most crucial tourism products to the Thai governnment and has been one of the most unique on the things to do while touring this Kingdom of Amazing Land of Unseen. Few floating markets I had visited within Bangkok and greater Bangkok such as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market , Amphawa Floating Market , Taling Chan Floating Market, Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market and Pattaya Floating Market. Not all these floating markets have the same things you could do , see or buy. There were some that offer different activities altogether. Amphawa Floating Market for one offers firefly tours during night time. Taling Chan Floating Market for another brought another surprises which include a bout tour along the canal to the Baan Silapin or Artist House for Thai Puppet show. For Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, one can opt to cycle around the village where the floating market is located. So many activities that you can indulged in that you never thought of when visiting such floating markets unplanned without much research in advance prior to visiting and this is what made travelling experience exciting.
FOOD STALL SERVING SOME OF THE MOUTH WATERING TREATS AT TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF ENTRANCE OF TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
A THAI COFFEE & TEA VENDOR PERFORMING HIS SKILLS IN PULLING THAI TEA AS HE PREPARES THE ORDER
NON-FOOD SECTION ON 1ST FLOOR OF THE KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
Yet another visit to a floating market, the Kwan Riam Floating Market which is located just outside of the Bangkok metropolitan in Min Buri district, this one brought another nice experience which include a tour along the canal of the floating market. What makes this floating market distinctive is that, it is a rather huge market which has few sections and 2 sides separated by the canal and connected through a bridge. Talad Nam Kwan Riam as it is known to locals also has its own market logo which is a standing buffalo in sun-glass, which is distinctive to a floating market. There is a big Thai temple within the Kwan Riam Floating market. Other special thing to note of Kwan Riam Floating Market is sections of petting zoo which have few animals such as the tortoise, kangaroo, donkeys.
THE ICONIC BRIDGE @ KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET ON 1ST FLOOR OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE MARKET CONNECTING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MARKET SECTION
A VIEW OF THE CANAL AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET AND A BOAT CRUISING THROUGH IT
THE OLD JUNKS FOOD SECTION OF TALAD KWAN RIAM SERVING BBQ SEAFOOD, SATAY AND BOAT NOODLES
The main entrance to the Kwan Riam Floating Market is from the temple premise. Greeting visitors are rows of thai and local delicacies in a 2 storey roof sheltered premise beside the canal. There were just unbelievable variety of food, drinks, sweets and snacks sold within this food and beverage area. When you are done with shopping for food or drinks and other food items, there were tables and chairs settings on the edges of the market where you can sit down and relax to enjoy your food and maybe a coffee or tea break. There was a thai coffee and tea stall within this area where a man highly skilled in pulling the tea and coffee as you ordered one. It was one of the interesting and fun beverage pulling experience without dripping a drop on the floor. Though this is not unique to Thailand, it was somewhat heartening to see a Thai who was able to perform such skills. If there is a competition in Bangkok in tea or coffee pulling category, this man qualify for advance stage perhaps. There were also a stall serving southern Thai food at the end of this section with more tables and chairs available for dining purpose.
PETTING ZOO AREA AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
On the first floor within the same section of the floating market, there are few more shops selling items specialising in clothing, herbal creams soap and herbal medicines and also souvenirs. This 1st floor area also connects to another section of Kwan Riam Floating Market through a wide walkway bridge which has a food court set up and many more food stalls, souvenirs, daily essentials items, clothing, coffee stalls and fruits and snacks. This wide area which is fully sheltered with roof is not humid and with good air flowing through the place from all angles of the premise. You can get some snacks and sweets while enjoying the cool breeze of air. This is also where you can also have some slightly heavier treat for lunch after a exhausting walk browsing through the many items available. Tables and chairs for purpose of dining are available so you can enjoy food and drinks as well as other treats comfortably. There were also some benches available between the walkways to take a break or to unwind.
THE FOOD COURT SECTION @ TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
On another section of Talad Nam Kwan Riam is the few old junks specially constructed and docked on the edge of the canal where some special Thai delicacies are available such as the bbq fish and prawns, pork satay and boat noodles. If you are into seafood and boat noodles, this area must not be missed as it served some of the best seafood and the boat noodle dish is also quite up to its mark.
CANAL CRUISE AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
The final and ultimate encounter at Kwan Riam Floating Market is to take a boat cruise along the canal which passes through few factories and private homes and bungalows. Min Buri district in Bangkok has many factories established around the area so this is where you can witness many such factories along the canal while cruising through the canal at Talad Nam Kwan Riam. Its kind of an interesting and nice outing to experience another floating market tour which also add into yet another amazing market stories in this Bangkok city adventure.