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Taling Chan Floating Market
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Small Group Bike and Boat Tour of Taling Chan Floating Market
Ranked #71 of 570 things to do in Bangkok
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I know what you are thinking, probably like me: Go to Thailand see the beautiful scene of a floating market with fruits and locals in abundance in a lively ambiance with lots of things to see and taste. Well this is not what you will find here. The number of tourist boats easily outnumber the local vendors. There are more souvenir vendors than fruit market vendors.
Our guide actually said that this is purely for tourists as the locals do not shop here but in another market on firm land. We were there on a week day and she did mention that some locals could come on the week ends.
If you do decide to go, be sure to go very very early. We left at 6:30 and arrived before 8:00 but still already 3 buses were there. After nine there is no point we left thereafter so many people.
The local food is great try the noodles (I prefer the bean or darker ones) any fruit to your taste and there are little fried coconut semi spheres which are served as a snack or dessert, excellent.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

There were five of us that went to the floating market, and it was definitely a highlight of our trip to Thailand.

All i can say is i'm so glad i read the trip advisor reviews before going, as knowledge certainly proved to be powerful. I'll get to that shortly.

Weeks before going i was quite concerned on how to get there. Do we book a trip? Do we go by train, boat, bus, tuk tuk etc.
We definitely found the best means of transport with an amazing taxi driver called Mr. Somrot, Mobile: (+66)81-143-0068. He was so accommodating, and we hired him for a half day, and he took us to temples, and everything for 1500THB, which i personally think is amazing value for money. I would definitely recommend him. Very funny, and such a warm person. My mom wanted to take him home!

When we got to the floating market, i was expecting to be asked to pay a lot of money per person judging by the reviews on trip advisor, and i wasn't wrong. They wanted 2000THB per person which for 5 of us would be £200. We certainly weren't going to pay that. So we bartered hard, which was slightly awkward and uncomfortable for a few minutes, but we eventually got them down to 500THB per person, which is the equivalent to about £9 per person.
At this price the floating market was an amazing experience. However i can imagine having paid £200, we all would have felt very differently.

There are some great photo opportunities, and so much to see. It really is a fantastic experience. Just be prepared to barter.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

I recommend it to everyone, you get good prices and you have fun bargaining with the locals. People are sweet and it is fun to see how they sell and live. It is full of tourists, too. I got a chance of taking a picture with a Boa :)

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

this is quiet a unusual place for visit
if you are in bangkok this is a must [place to visit
once in life time experience for everybody
please make sure that you a bargain when shopping for fake branded items
two hours from Bangkok city

Thank susan j
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

The floating market is awesome and good value for money - have a meal here, the grilled fish is cheap and nice, as are all the other dishes. They only give you 30 minutes if you take the 'tour package'- they rip you off at the jetty/pier & charge you $1500 baht per person. You can ignore these leeches, you can rent your own long tail boat for 500bht per hour & take your time. The tour packages promise to take you to the Wats but they just pass by without stopping & then rush you at the floating market. They'll also put you on a slow-boat & waste your time that way - make sure you have a fast boat.

Beautiful food at the floating market, you will need an hour at this place to really enjoy it.

Thank gurunathan
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