Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market, Bangkok


Huge prawns sizzle on small barbecues from the longtail boats moored along the riverbank. Locals barter for the catch of the day, as hundreds of catfish swarm the waters of the Chak Phra canal. This is Bangkok’s Taling Chan floating market.

Fragrant flavours fill the air at this weekend floating market, which provides an authentic antidote to its more commercial and crowded counterparts. Follow your nose and tuck into the freshly prepared seafood for which the market is best known. We recommend trying the grilled snakehead fish stuffed with herbs – a local favourite served directly from the longboat kitchens.

Take to the water for a short longtail ride around the neighbouring canals. Pass local temples and traditional houses, gaining a glimpse of local life beside the water’s edge.

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