Thoroughly enjoyed this visit to the Taling Chan market. I really wanted to visit a floating market while we were in Bangkok and this one seemed like the most ideal since it is relatively close and less touristy. Yes, it is quite small, but the main reason to visit is to eat! There are numerous vendors selling a variety of snacks and treats as you walk into the main part of the market. Once there, you will see women in boats, preparing things like grilled prawns, salted fish and papaya salad. The market is a mix of local Thais and tourists. We sat next to a Thai family and they ordered almost all of the same dishes we had and paid the same price. There is no haggling - all of the prices are clearly marked. The highlight of the visit was a one hour boat ride around the canals. You pass by another busy market but you primarily ride through neighborhoods and get a glimpse into the lives of local people living on the canals. We took the 1000bhat long boat ride and managed to find four other people to share it with. We did not want to do the 2.5 hour boat ride where you visit an orchid farm and other temples (and you are essentially forced onto a tourist trap, even though it is only 99bhat). If you are a small group (max 6) or can find some other tourists to share, I highly recommend the 1-hr long boat ride. We saw some huge monitor lizards during our trip and the breeze and sunshine were really lovely. The boat operator does not give you any commentary, so it is more about soaking in the atmosphere. Finish up your visit with a reasonably priced lunch (the grilled prawns were huge and very fresh). You will need a full belly to give yourself strength for the negotiations with the taxi driver to take you home!
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