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FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To understand the concept of floating markets in Thailand, we have to first understand its place                               
in the transportation history of Thailand. 
 
Transportation in Thailand 
The main mode of transportation         
before the 1800s were mainly water           
based which was common in most           
pre­modern eras. It was natural and           
practical for communities to be         
established along rivers for       
transportational and economical     
reasons. The extensive river and         
canal (khlong) networks facilitated       
the movements of people and goods.           
And the local people started floating markets along the canals                   
(khlongs) which eventually became popular trading spots. But               
during 1800s and after the 1900s, the modernization of the                   
Thailnd as a whole took place that included the transportational                   
system. Today many forms of transportation exist including               
water, road, rail and air.  
 
Types of Floating Markets  
Floating markets nowadays serves mainly as tourist attraction to                 
highlight riverside shopping. With the decline of water based                 
transportation, floating markets are not necessarily found along               
 
©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan 
 
FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND 
rivers or khlongs. Many are land based now. An example would be the Hua Hin Sam Pkan Nam                                   
floating market. Shops are build around a pond with boats stationed along their sides.  
 
Others like this hundred year old ancient market is found along a canal with                           
shaky wooden bridges.     
Though the waters are       
muddy brown, it still       
retains its unspoilt natural       
rural image. It's eroding       
tin roofs rusted by rain and           
sun still gives shelter to         
this active floating market. 
 
 
 
Charms of Floating Markets 
Whatever type of floating markets, they still have their                 
individual charms. Imagine sitting under a row of leafy trees                   
by a riverside and having a leisurely breakfast in comparison                   
to sitting by a roadside stall engulfed in carbon monoxide and                     
dust. Which would you prefer? 
 
And I assure you       
the cuisine can be       
very delicious with     
a homemade   
touch. It’s not just food but a variety of interesting                   
sights can be found here. Where else can you eat                   
succulent roasted chicken while watching         
monks receiving their alms from         
their boats. What about seeing         
colorful koi swimming up to you           
to receive food from your         
hands.  
 
Besides you might get to enjoy           
a mini zoo or shop around for             
gifts.  
 
©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan 
 
FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you are travelling in Thailand, you should take time to visit selected floating markets just to                                 
enjoy their environment, local culture and to relax.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan 

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Floating Markets of Thailand

  • 1.   FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND                          To understand the concept of floating markets in Thailand, we have to first understand its place                                in the transportation history of Thailand.    Transportation in Thailand  The main mode of transportation          before the 1800s were mainly water            based which was common in most            pre­modern eras. It was natural and            practical for communities to be          established along rivers for        transportational and economical      reasons. The extensive river and          canal (khlong) networks facilitated        the movements of people and goods.            And the local people started floating markets along the canals                    (khlongs) which eventually became popular trading spots. But                during 1800s and after the 1900s, the modernization of the                    Thailnd as a whole took place that included the transportational                    system. Today many forms of transportation exist including                water, road, rail and air.     Types of Floating Markets   Floating markets nowadays serves mainly as tourist attraction to                  highlight riverside shopping. With the decline of water based                  transportation, floating markets are not necessarily found along                  ©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan 
  • 2.   FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND  rivers or khlongs. Many are land based now. An example would be the Hua Hin Sam Pkan Nam                                    floating market. Shops are build around a pond with boats stationed along their sides.     Others like this hundred year old ancient market is found along a canal with                            shaky wooden bridges.      Though the waters are        muddy brown, it still        retains its unspoilt natural        rural image. It's eroding        tin roofs rusted by rain and            sun still gives shelter to          this active floating market.        Charms of Floating Markets  Whatever type of floating markets, they still have their                  individual charms. Imagine sitting under a row of leafy trees                    by a riverside and having a leisurely breakfast in comparison                    to sitting by a roadside stall engulfed in carbon monoxide and                      dust. Which would you prefer?    And I assure you        the cuisine can be        very delicious with      a homemade    touch. It’s not just food but a variety of interesting                    sights can be found here. Where else can you eat                    succulent roasted chicken while watching          monks receiving their alms from          their boats. What about seeing          colorful koi swimming up to you            to receive food from your          hands.     Besides you might get to enjoy            a mini zoo or shop around for              gifts.     ©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan 
  • 3.   FLOATING MARKETS OF THAILAND                                If you are travelling in Thailand, you should take time to visit selected floating markets just to                                  enjoy their environment, local culture and to relax.                         ©2015 by Thesigan Nadarajan