If you’ve been to Bangkok you’ve probably visited Chatuchak Market, Pratunam Market or Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. These markets are a hub of activity and popular with tourists. 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 the local chilled out vibe.
We spent the day with local guides Hivesters, a company that specialises in eco-tourism. Hivesters provides an income to local communities and supports sustainability projects.
Pad Thai Cooking Class
Our day 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.
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.
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.The Hivesters believe in sustainable travel and they use local people (respectfully referred to as aunties and uncles).
Bangkok floating markets
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. It’s by far a more pleasant trip than the long boats with motors that are buzzing around the 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.
The market is busy throughout the day, not just at lunch time. You’ll find fresh fruit, seafood, desserts and just about every Thai dish you could imagine at this market. And 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.
Andy Yee was a guest of Tourism Authority of Thailand