The floating markets in Bangkok, where the boats are piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat. The top 5 floating markets over here are:
1) Amphawa Floating Market:
Here many of the houses lining the canals are doubling as shops, restaurants while vendors sell homemade food and pastries. Few of the restaurants near the crossing bridge have tables but at the end of the afternoon, getting a seat becomes impossible. A couple of bars have managed little balconies overlooking the canal but here too, seats are scarce. Few longtails boats take the tourists around the nearby klongs for a bit of exploration.
2) Damnoen Saduak Floating Market:
This market is totally chaotic, small 'klongs' or canals are filled with small flat boats jockeying for position, expertly paddled by mature ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment's notice. It's colourful, noisy, totally touristy but great fun. This is one of the place where the Bond film was shot, and a trip to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak is worth doing.
3) Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market:
Khlong Lat Mayom is one of the three floating markets located close to Bangkok and is accessible by taxi. It is nothing like the huge touristy Damnoen Saduak or the crowded Amphawa but really has the charm and authenticity of a local market and you might be one of the only foreigners around. You can spend a couple of hours here then move to the largest Taling Chan floating market, just a couple of kilometers away.
4) Taling Chan Floating Market:
This market is in close proximity to Bangkok, and so makes a nice weekend trip if you're in for a new shopping experience. A strew of canals around the market can be visited by hired boat where small villages are revealed along the way. Homestays are also available for a truly Thai experience.
5) Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market:
Bang Nam Pheung floating market should probably be called a 'riverside market' as like many others it only has a few boats parked along the banks, with most of the stalls on solid ground. Bang Nam Pheung is only few kilometres east side of Bangkok but it is not easy to find or to reach without your own transportation. Because of this it has remained relatively low-key and the proximity to Bangkok makes it a great way to step away from the hectic town and step right into village life.