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Taling Chan - Bangkok's Traditional Thai Floating Market

Taling Chan Floating Market possesses its endless attraction to Thais and foreigners alike. The life of the residents by the Chak Phra Canal still retains the atmosphere and style of true nature reflecting the attachment to the river of the capital dwellers.

This market, which operates on Saturdays and Sundays 09.00 -17.00 only, is located in front of the Taling Chan District Office in the west of Bangkok. The market is accessible by air-con bus No. 79. After visiting the market, long-tail boat trips along the canals are available.

By taking a weekend boat tour, you can feel a shady and restful atmosphere as well as experience the natural surroundings and Thai ways of life along the canals that still remain their traditional charm.

Also you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Preservation Orchard, an orchid garden, or a botanical garden, which includes various kinds of flowering and ornamental plants. The fares are 70 baht for an adult and 40 baht for a child.

Besides, from the market, there is also a guided boat tour of Thonburi Snake Farm which operates every Sunday. The fares are 120 baht for an adult and 60 baht for a child.

What is worth special mentioning is to visit the Preservation Orchard which distributes low-cost fruit trees to tourists. This garden differs from others in that it is the first garden established by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to preserve the original fruits of Taling Chan district for the future generations.

Further in-depth experience can be gained by trying distinct dishes from food stalls on the rafts along the canal as well as on both sides of the way to the canal. One recommended item is the "Boat Noodles". It is one of the famous Thai dishes, not only for its excellent taste but also for the scrumptiousness of a seasoning called "chilli", which is a Thai way of life in every household.

And also don't forget to finish with selective desserts starting from Thongyip and Thongyod, which have been a manifestation of Thai intelligence since the prehistory. All goods sold in the market perfectly indicate the abundance of products in this area such as fruits and flowers, especially orchids in various colours and shapes.

In that area you can arrange a homestay in a traditional thai teakwood house, attend thai massage course or thai cooking course

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