Where the Locals Eat - Bangkok's Floating Markets

Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, Bangkok is home to a large, complex water system of winding rivers and canals which was used as a primary mode of commerce and trade in the days of King Rama V. The river systems has become synonymous with the city's identity and houses many of Bangkok’s local food and produce vendors.

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Situated on the Klong Damnoen Saduak canal in Ratchaburi province, just 100 kilometres south of Central Bangkok, is the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Here you will find dozens of river-side stalls boasting the most delicious and authentic Thai foods– that aren’t just the usual suspect Pad Thai or Satay.

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Damnoen Saduak has more to offer than meets the eye. Sit down for a plate of Pad Kra Pao Kai Dao, a simple dish of sauteed minced pork with Thai holy basil served over a bed of hot jasmine rice topped off with a fried egg. Or, grab a bag of Kanom Krok, mini coconut custard-filled pancakes for takeout, to have on hand while revelling in the city sights. Sip on an Iced Thai tea while you take a stroll, or have a fruit vendor crack open a young coconut to quench your thirst. This floating market is the perfect place to experience all the nuances and layers of the rich history of Thai cuisine.

Perhaps, you want something a bit lighter– opt to have a freshly-caught sea bass grilled over an open fire to your liking right in front of your eyes. Don’t forget to pair it with some Som Tam though- nothing encapsulates the essence of Thai cuisine more than this spicy, tangy and fresh appetizer. Young green papaya is shredded, mixed and pounded together with lime, tomato, peanuts, sugar, fish sauce and bird’s eye chilli.

Wander, revel and explore the many flavours, scents and textures at Damnoen Saduak floating market– you are sure to discover the best that Bangkok has to offer.

มีความสุขกับการกิน(happy eating), travellers!

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