A highlight to my trip to Thailand was most certainly a morning spent at the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating market. I decided on this market as it is close to Bangkok’s center and reputably one of the most authentic floating markets. Plus, I read it is easy to get there without any of the organized tours. So, off we went!
After a short taxi ride from the Wongwian Yai BTS station, we arrived to Khlong Lat Mayom. Basically as soon as you enter the market, you are faced with some of the most delicious looking sweets on earth. Plus, they are cheap! It’s really hard for me to control myself in situations like this. Little did i know, this was only the beginning. Go on an empty stomach, thats all I can say!
While perusing the wares, we got a iced cha yen (a.k.a. Thai iced tea a.k.a. diabetes in a glass a.k.a the elixir of life!) and an iced coffee. BAM! Just what the doctor ordered, if he prescribed heavily sugared drinks mixed with condensed AND evaporated milks! Whatever, it gave us the pep we needed to hit the rest of the market.
After that, we came to the actual “floating market” part. Let me be the first to tell you that you aren’t going to see that postcard floating market scene. In fact, there are not really that many floating vendors. Yes, there are a few, but don’t expect traffic jams and whatnot. Most of the good stuff is located on the terra firma. However, you really have to enjoy the fact that there are so freakin’ few tourists there! Most of the people there were Thais, but even then, it wasn’t crowded by any means.
By the time lunch rolled around, or by the time I just couldn’t take the temptation anymore, we sat down and ate. We had an amazing chicken sate, and lots of little dumpling-like things. We tried hor mok, a steamed fish custard, which wasn’t a big hit. The favorite find of the day was an omlette we got from a boat vendor. Pork, tofu, veggies, eggs and some other magic ingredients were fried up right there on the water and served piping hot in a styrofoam container. (Eek.)
To relax after lunch, we took a private boat tour around the market. We were going to take the normal boat, but there was no more space and the price for the private one was just a few baht more. Our boat was named “The Honeymoon” and we got quite a few laughs from the other visitors. (Not really sure why, but oh well!) This was really a nice way to unwind because the scenery there is just beautiful. The life on these little rivers is amazing to observe.
To top off the relaxation, I got an hour massage. No need for a fancy spa. What’s better than a Thai massage whilst overlooking the floating market?!
Overall, I would definitely go back to the Khlong Lat Mayom market! Actually, I can’t wait to go back! It’s got a great laid-back atmosphere which is only accentuated by Thai hospitality. Oh, and did I mention the food is excellent?!