Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market | Bangkok
Hey, lovelies!! I hope you guys are having a good week! Today's post is about my second day in Bangkok when I went to the floating market! I went to Chatuchak as well, which will be in part 2 of this post, to be uploaded soon! It was an incredibly fruitful day; we lost our way many times but I just see that as an opportunity to learn!
First of all, here's what I learned about getting around Bangkok: ALWAYS try to take the BTS/MRT instead of taxis/tuk-tuks for long distance trips.
For example, getting to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market took us 1 hour via taxi when we could've cut it short by taking the BTS to Bang Wa BTS station and then taking a cab. Note that the floating market is still pretty far from the BTS station, which means that you'll still have to take a taxi, but traveling via train first simply allows you to skip the jam in between.
Our trip was actually supposed to be just about 30 minutes but we ended up taking a much longer time because our uber driver made a wrong turn and we wound up lost for quite some time. Which adds on to my point: take the train whenever possible. It's quite easy for uber/taxi drivers to get lost but trains can't make a wrong turn or get lost!:-D
The address and directions will be listed below if you're interested!:-)
Khlong Lat Mayom was filled with good food at good prices! It's not well known, but that's a good thing. This floating market is much more localised as well. Popular floating markets like Damnoen Saduak are packed with tourists, the prices are expensive and the food is not as good. You're probably wondering how I know this.
Well, when we ubered, we told the driver we wanted to go to Khlong Lat Mayom but our driver kept recommending Damnoen Saduak. We insisted on Khlong Lat Mayom and he took us there. After that, the driver offered to wait for us and send us back to the city so that we can get a cab easily. While we went off to explore, he did some of his own and found that this floating market was much better than the one he initially recommended to us.
ANYWAY moving on!!
Initially, there wasn't much to see. We came across some clothes, art pieces, bath items and decorations, but we didn't buy any. Not long after, we chanced upon a small soup shop.
The bowls are made of coconut husks (I think they made them themselves too) and they're just soooo cute!!
Each serving is pretty small but it's only 50 baht (SGD2) each! In my opinion, it's a pretty good amount as you'd wanna save some space for the other food here! BUT if you want to eat until you are full, I suggest buying 2 bowls.
The soup is extremely tasty - tastes like the pho from Nam Nam but WAY TASTIER. There are condiments available but there's no need to add the sauce because it's already so flavourful!
After our breakfast, we walked around Khlong Lat Mayom. There isn't much to buy but it was nice to take a look around!
We came across a bath shop and decided to give their loofahs a try! The loofah prices range from 20-50 baht. Cheap, yes, but prices are directly proportional to the quality. Ones in Singapore can be around $2 and better quality! They sold tiny bath soaps as well. Oh and they gave such a cute paper bag!!:-D
Next, we went to zone 6 to get some lunch! Boy, I have to say it's the best meal I've had in Thailand (so far).
Some pad thai was necessary. It's the best pad thai I've ever had!!! The sauce was sweet yet had a pleasant and noticeable zing to it! The portion was huge as well! After eating this pad thai, others just seemed meh. Each plate was 60 baht (SGD2.40)! SO CHEAP!!!
The fish costs round 230-270 baht (SGD9-10.50) depending on the size/weight of it! I'm not a big fish fan but eating the flesh together with the salty skin, was perfection. The fish also came with a plate of assorted vegetables and chilli sauce, but I didn't eat the veggies because I don't enjoy raw vegetable :-(
After our satisfying meal, we went home. On our way, we passed by a street, which I don't recall the name of, where sellers came wave and see if wanted to buy fried bananas.
These were amazing - crunchy and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I recommend eating it on the spot, though! These get cold pretty fast, and they taste best when warm.
After this, we headed to the clinic as my brother was sick, and then to Chatuchak, which I will be sharing about in part 2 of this post! Hope you all enjoyed my post on the floating market! I didn't have much time to explore all zones but I do hope to revisit and explore the entire place soon!:-)
Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful week ahead xoxo
หมู่ 15 บางระมาด 30, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
Take the train to Bang Wa BTS station (S12) then take a cab.