11.03.2017 - 11.03.2017
Floating markets are one of the best selling travel products in Thailand. Not only Thais love to shop and dine at these water themed markets but such markets also attract huge foreign tourists. What differentiates floating markets and the other markets in this Land of Sawadee is that the food here are simply amazing offering good number of seafood variety such as large prawns, large fish, large squids and large crabs where these are usually available on the grill. The price of the food are normally affordable and quality of food are satisfactory. Other than grill seafood which are extra large in size, there are also other local Thai food variety available which include pad thai, pork satay, boat noodles, Thai sweets, gai yang (grill chicken), som tam (papaya salad) and few other Thai snacks. Few of the floating markets within reach in Bangkok city include Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, Taling Chan Floating Market and Kwan Riam Floating Market and recently, I took some time to visit another floating market within Bangkok metropolitan which is the Talad Nam Khlong Lat Mayom.
Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is located not too far away from Taling Chan Floating Market but this one is a much larger market in comparison to Taling Chan Floating Market and offers good variety of seafood and local Thai street food with affordable pricing. The market is divided into few zones but all located just close next to each other and there are just too many choices that may caused difficulty in concluding what to eat. The most popular food is non other than the grill seafood in particular the grill fish and grill prawns. As I walked from one zone to another, it can be seen that most tables were filled with grilled seafood items. Each zone also has bamboo based table and bench for dining after purchase or placing order for food. Visitors could be seen strolling from stall to stall choosing their favourite food before purchasing and after done with food shopping, most of them will find a place to sit and dine.
As Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is a canal based market, surely the name says it all and it would not be a floating market without boats or sampan rowing through the canals selling food items. There were few such boats seen moving slowly here in Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market mostly selling fresh produce such as vegetables and fruits.
Another things to do in a floating market is the canal cruise tour and Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market is of no exception. The cruise will take passengers through some of the hidden green lungs in Bangkok where most of the surroundings still remain untouched and maintained its natural beings with lush trees and bushes as well as fruit farms and few lotus ponds. The highlight of this canal tour was to admire the lotus pond which was quite a surprise as visitors were brought close to the nature on a slow rowing sampan. I have the opportunity to take a close look on naturally fresh lotus on a small fresh water pond and even had a taste on the lotus seed. Though this was not one of the most interesting and surprising canal boat tour, Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market still offer yet another floating market experience that is worth a side trip while in Bangkok.
CANAL CRUISE TO THE LOTUS POND @ KHLONG LAT MAYOM