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Taling Chan Floating Market,  Thonburi, Bangkok

Taling Chan Floating Market is located on the Chakphra Canal or Klong in front of the Taling Chan District Office. Situated in Bangkok Noi, on the western outskirts of Bangkok ( just after Pinklao Bridge ), It is only open on the weekend from 09:00 to 16:00.

This floating market was established by Chamlong Srimuang more than 20 years ago in honour of King Bhumibol's 60th birthday.

It was designed to celebrate a rapidly disappearing lifestyle, reflecting the beauty and serenity of Thai culture. It has become a regular weekend meeting place for locals and also for an increasing number of tourists who enjoy the low-key atmosphere after the bustle of the big city, just a few kilometres down the road.

Because of the abundant waterways, most people lived on the banks of the canals and rivers and in the olden days Thai people did not go to markets like they  do today, rather the markets came to them.

Among the floating markets today, the Taling Chan Floating Market remains one liveliest example of bygone days.

The market is simple in its wares and frequented mostly by locals; but recently has been enjoying more and more visits by tourists.

Some of the major things sold here are flowers, fruit, vegetables, trinkets and plants. The average tourist can sail along while the market is on and also have a look at the quaint little gardens and villages.

Small time fishermen come here for their weekly supplies, hoping to trade their catch in kind. Market gardeners, orchard growers and farmers are all here, with their open boats displaying the fruits of their labours.

Part of the market is on the water and part is on the land, so you can take a walk around and enjoy the sights and smells.

Come hungry, because there are many snacks to be enjoyed here. Eating is a national past time here in Thailand, and there are tables set everywhere so you can enjoy the experience to the full. Most of the food is cooked on the boats on either side of the pier. Around lunch time there is a Thai Classical Music and Dance performance which adds to the pleasure of this outing.

Getting There: The Taling Chan Floating Market is held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. To get there, take bus 79 or 83, or telephone 02424 5448   02424 5448     for more details.

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