One of the most exciting things to do in Bangkok is to check out the floating markets. There’s nowhere more authentic and charismatic than the winding canals where vendors yell from wooden, long-tail boats, selling their produce to those on land or in other boats. 

The smell of incense and jasmine waft up my nostrils as soon as we enter the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market. It’s pretty and calming, much like the rest of the villages on this side of the canal. 

What is the most famous floating market in Bangkok?

If you ask any tour operator what is the most famous market, they will say Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Amphawa Floating Market.

What is a Floating Market?

A floating market is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a market that floats…well, on boats. In Bangkok, there are several winding canals that meander around the small neighborhoods outside the city center. 

What It’s Like Visiting Khlong Lat Mayom

You can find everything from Noodle Soup to Pla Pao, a salt grilled fish delicacy that’s famous in the market. Some other popular dishes to try here are Hoi Tod (Oyster Omelet), Kanom Jeen (Cold Rice Vermicelli), and Gai Galae (Grilled Chicken). 

Our Experience at Khlong Lat Mayom

We walk past a few stalls and I mentally pick out several dishes to come back and try. My grin widens and my tummy rumbles even louder at the prices of the meals, 20 baht for fish cakes, 30 baht for a curry, sticky rice – we certainly were in the locals market. 

I grab a bag of Kanom Tarn from a long tail boat first. The moist sponge cake, topped with shredded coconut – one of my fave Thai desserts – is perfect for the gentle boat ride to the village. Not too sweet and is silky smooth.