Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market Experience

Klong Lat Mayom Floating Markets

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If you’re looking for markets in and around Bangkok, you’ve probably visited some of  Chatuchak Market or Pratunam Market. These markets are a hub of activity and popular with tourists. But if you’re looking for a floating market with local appeal, not too far from the centre of bustling Bangkok, the Khlong Lat Mayom floating market in Bangkok is one of the best Bangkok floating markets to catch a bit of the local chilled out vibe.

We spent the day with local guides Hivesters at Khlong Lat Mayon, a company that specialises in eco-tourism. Their tours provide an income to local communities and support sustainability projects. 

Looking for more attractions to fill up your itinerary? Here are the top things to do in Bangkok.  

Things to do in Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

1- Pad Thai Cooking Class

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Meet the locals at the Khlong lat Mayom floating market

Our day at Khlong Lat Mayom floating market started with a Pad Thai cooking class conducted by a local “aunty”, who makes Thai cooking look incredibly simple.

She works her magic with a wok and fresh local ingredients. The food is delicious and learning to prepare it was fun.

We were fortunate to meet Uncle Chaun who is the community leader and organiser of the Khlong Lat Mayom floating markets restoration.

Wondering what else to do in Bangkok? Bangkok shopping malls are fun to visit and the city is a top spot to buy Thai silk

2- Eat Coconut Ice Cream 

A softly spoken man, he seems incredibly humble for the work he has done in transforming his community into something that visitors come from around the world to see.

Khlong Lat Mayom has a local feel and authentic atmosphere.

Out of all the amazing dishes I have had in Thailand, Uncle Chaun’s coconut ice cream is my favourite.

The ice cream is simply divine.

Served with pandan, red bean and corn, I was in a very happy place eating this delicious dish while sitting in a comfy chair looking out over the canal.

If you’re visiting Bangkok with kids, make sure you put this on your list of things to try.  

Another fantastic Bangkok market to visit, especially if you like trains, is the Maekhlong Railway Market

3- Meet the Bangkok floating market locals

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Scenes from Khlong Lat Mayom.

Khlong lat mayom floating market sceneThe Hivesters believe in sustainable travel and they use local people (respectfully referred to as aunties and uncles).

These locals use traditional Thai paddle boats to transport us from a lily pond, down the canals and drop us off at the floating markets.

It’s a slow peaceful pace as we drift along the canals.

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Khlong Lat Mayom food is delicious.

It’s by far a more pleasant trip than the longboats with motors that are buzzing around the Khlong lat Mayom floating market area. There are hardly any tourists in this part of town and all the stall keepers are friendly and willing to serve up the most amazing array of fresh foods and desserts.

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A local dish at Khlong Lat Mayom

The Khlong Lat Mayom floating market is busy throughout the day, not just at lunchtime. You’ll find fresh fruit, seafood, desserts and just about every Thai dish you could imagine at this market.

Judging by the smiles on the faces of the people at the market, once you have visited I’m sure you’ll be back again.

More Floating Markets in Bangkok

Of the five or so floating markets that can be done as a day trip from Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market would be the most famous.

Others are Talin  Chan floating market, Bang Nam Pheung and Amphawa floating market. Another Bangkok floating market you may enjoy is the Tha Kha Floating market. 

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I’m a freelance travel, design and event photographer based in Sydney. My design photography has been featured in Habitus, Broadsheet and Design Quarterly. I’ve worked with some of Australia’s most talented industrial and interior designers as well as the Design Institute of Australia. My work has taken me on assignment to festivals, such as Clockenflap, which is Hong Kong’s music and arts festival.