The Lat Mayom floating market is one of the floating markets inside the city of Bangkok (like the Bang Nampeung floating market). The market is located in the western part of Bangkok, in Taling Chan district.
Unlike the hackneyed, heavily toured Damnoen Saduak floating market, which is a mere tourist trap located some 70 kilometers from Bangkok, Talat Nam Lat Mayom is a completely authentic floating market, and as such, remains unknown to most tourists.
Lat Mayom floating market started operating over 10 years ago, as a local initiative of the county folk, and quickly turned into a lively, active market, which draws many Thai people.
The market spreads across a large area, and it is built around the multiple water canals that cut across the area. In spite of its massive size and the many Thai people visiting the market every weekend and holiday, the market atmosphere is very pleasant and pastoral.
Here you can meet and experience the authentic, pleasant Thailand, and avoid tourist herds such as the ones washing over Damnoen Saduak, where Thai People haven’t set foot in years.
Every weekend and holiday, the market is filled with locals, who arrive here to enjoy the huge selection of foods the market has to offer. As in any authentic floating market, Lat Mayom’s main highlight is the huge variety of cuisines. It’s one big food feast, a celebration of colors and flavors.
The wide variety of foods is offered in numerous stalls scattered across the market area, and also displayed on many boats – in each of them you will find a distinct and different dish.
Besides the numerous types of foods, you can also find here a lot of small shops that sell handcrafts, souvenirs, clothing and bags. There are also drawing areas for kids, and even buffalo riding (as you can see in the movie clip).
You can also take a boat ride and cruise among the many canals in the area; you can enjoy the unbelievably pastoral views the region has to offer, despite its actual location, at the heart of the huge, bubbly city of Bangkok.
You can take a paddleboat stirred by a local, to tour the market’s nearby surroundings – for the cost of 20 Baht per person, which covers a 30 minutes’ cruise. You can also take a long tail boat for a more extended tour of about 90 minutes, which also includes a visit to home stay in the area, for the cost of some 50 Baht per person.
In conclusion: The market offers an interesting, recommended experience, for anyone who wants to get away from swarms of tourists for a while. The market provides an easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city center – an authentic Thai experience carrying the enticing scent and delicious taste of many wonderful dishes.
Activity Hours: The market is active only on weekends and holidays, between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You should probably get there around 10:00 AM, before the market gets too crowded, with lots of Thai people who get there to shop, eat and spend their time.
Transportation: As you can see in the attached map, the floating market is located on the west side of Bangkok, next to Bang Khae area. You can combine your market experience with a visit to The Mall Bang Khae shopping center, which has a water park located on its roof.
Take the elevated train (Silom Line) until it reaches its final destination, Talat Phlu, and from there, it’s a 20-minute ride by taxi (which will cost you around 100 Baht). Of course, you could also simply take a taxi from anywhere in Bangkok. Show the driver the following address – ตลาดน้ำคลองลัดมะยม
You can see many more of the floating market in the attached video – enjoy!
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