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Bangnamphung Floating Market, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan, Thailand.

Bangnamphung Floating Market, Page 1 at Phra Pradaeng
Bangnamphung Floating Market, Page 1 at Phra Pradaeng
Bang Na District, Bangkok, Page 1, maps and the district Bangnamphung Floating Market, Page 2, pictures of Bang Nam Phung Market

Bangnamphung Floating Market at Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan, a week end market so it is very popular. The many hours I spent at this market really impressed me especially after the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This one is far better, inasmuch that it seems bigger ( not counting the side khlongs ) with more stalls, better choice of food, and many Thai family’s make a day out of it, sitting and eating and drinking with all the family, and its cheaper because it is not catering for the Tourist. It was really good to see the people sat chatting away and eating all the incredible amounts of the different variety of foods that are available on sale here.

Bangnamphung is located in a loop of the Chao Phraya river nicknamed  the Green Lung of  Bangkok, a surprisingly untouched area clearly visible from the sky and still covered with vegetation despite being so close to Bangkok.  If your vision of a floating market is a canal crowded with a flotila of wooden boats, this might not be what you have in mind. A complete contrast to touristy Damnoen Saduak, Bangnamphung is a real local market with a lot of interesting food and sweets to try. Whilst it doesn't offer the usual photo opportunity, it still has a plenty of charm and interest.

Despite being well promoted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the market is surprisingly authentic with a large majority of Thai visitors frequenting this Floating Market. For everyone it is a chance to discover and sample a lot of local foods, sweets and unusual fruits including the huge and smelly Jackfruit or the weird looking Fak Kao, an unusual spiky orange fruit that belongs to the pumpkin family. At dusk, it is the famous fireflies that are the real attraction. They flit around with their incandescent light show sparking delight from anyone who sees them.  We may have an obsession with our mobile phones in modern times, but no one has yet created an app that is as lovely and as mystical as the dance of these insects around this area of Phra Pradaeng.  They provide an illuminating connection with our past – Thai people must have enjoyed these evening light shows for generations.

Bangnamphung Floating Market, Page 1 at Phra Pradaeng