Day Trip to Bangkok’s Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง)

By Mark Wiens 31 Comments
ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง
Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง

Thai floating markets are the perfect way to forget about city life and enjoy the satisfactions of peace and quietness while nibbling through an everlasting supply of snacks.

I had been to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง) once before, but had not taken any photos, so finally I returned and here are some photos and information about visiting.

The floating market is local, but not traditional. In other words, it’s set up for Thai residents, but not to handle daily life tasks like floating markets were once used.

In reality the market is especially for Bangkok residents to escape work and busy city life for the day – a Thai tourist attraction just on the outskirts of Bangkok.

ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง
Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง)

There are a number of different entrances to the floating market depending on which direction your arrive from (more on that at the bottom).

Just like Khlong Lat Mayom floating market, as soon as you arrive, you’ll immediately be surrounded by little thatch covered stalls selling a wide range of random things. There’s just about everything from trendy t-shirts etched with funny Thai phrases to potted plants.

Dogs are welcome too!
Dogs are welcome too!

Dog’s of course, are also very welcome at Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market!

A path above water with trees on one side and market on the other side
A path above water with trees on one side and market on the other side

The market is surrounded by lush forest and tropical greenery. Often the foot paths are elevated above water with trees, vines and shrubs all adding to the wonderful atmosphere.

Gac Juice in Bangkok
Ever had Gac Fruit?

Gac Fruit, is not at all common in Bangkok, but it happens to be something that’s rather famous at Bang Nam Pheung.

In fact, you shouldn’t visit without drinking at least one plastic bottle full.

The orange colored juice tastes pretty much like a cross between tomato and papaya, quite satisfying in my opinion!

Small bottles cost 20 THB and larger bottles cost 35 THB.

Specialized vendor at the Floating Market
Specialized vendor at the Floating Market

There are plenty of vendors selling organic or highly specialized produce as well.

Areca Nut (Betel Nut)
Areca Nut (Betel Nut)

As I was saying, there’s quite an assortment of things to buy at the floating market. Here’a shot of a lady selling fresh mahk, or Areca Nut (Betel Nut).

Thai desserts in small pots
Thai desserts in small pots

Thais really get a kick out of cute little things, so any chance to make something a little more attractive by way of looks, is a great way to get more business in Thailand.

At weekend markets like Bang Nam Pheung you’ll find all kinds of snacks and goods in nicer packaging and just set up in a much fancier way than what would normally be presented on the streets.

These little Thai desserts were filled into portion sized clay pots.

Bangkok floating market
Incredible aromas coming from this pork!

The smell of food is never far away, and something my nose got excited about were these sizzling slices of pork lathered in an unknown marinade that possibly contained lemongrass and ginger.

I didn’t actually buy any, but it was outrageously tantalizing.

Thai Sausage!
Thai Sausage!

Pork is plentiful at any of the markets in Bangkok and Bang Nam Phueng is indeed no different.

This Thai meat lover’s sausage was hissing away as the flaming embers slowly penetrated the flesh and drops of grease plunged into the furnace.

 

Kuay Teow Tamlung
Kuay Teow Tamlung

Eating is of course one reason visiting floating markets is one of the most fun things to do in Bangkok!

After browsing for close to an hour, it was finally time to take a table along the lazy canal for a bite to eat.

I ordered a bowl of Kuay Teow Tamlung, steamed noodles mixed with pork and ivy gourd leaves – almost like spinach. I’d have to say the soup was porky and loaded with flavor.

Served from a boat while sitting under the shade of thatch, the atmosphere and my comfort level couldn’t have been much better!

Eating at Floating Market
Khao Moo Op

I wasn’t going to sit down for just a single bowl of noodles so I also ordered a plate of Khao Moo Op, rice topped with oven roasted pork.

The smokiness of the pork in conjunction with the wonderful sour chili sauce was marvelous.

Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand

If you’re looking for an abundance of boats, Bang Nam Pheung is not really what you’ll be after (you probably want to check out Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa).

There are only few vendors boiling noodles or barbecuing satay’s from their boats, and to be honest I think they just set up in a boat, but didn’t actually float there.

Despite not having too much floating going on, it’s still a wonderful peaceful place to visit. Also you do have the option to rent a paddle boat if you so desire.

Ferry to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung
Ferry to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung

How to Get to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung

The floating market is located just south of central Bangkok in an area known as Phra Pradaeng, Bangkok’s green lung.

Situated within the horseshoe of the Chao Phraya river, you have two choices of how to get to there.

1. Take a taxi all the way, cross the river by bridge, and follow Rat Burana road all the way into Phra Pradaeng and eventually straight to the market. It’s not too far, possibly 150 – 200 THB (that’s an estimate) from central Bangkok. If you’re not comfortable with speaking Thai, you may want to print out the Thai script of the market.

2. Coming from Sukhumvit Road it may be easiest and cheaper to take this route –

Ferry to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung
Ferry to Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung
  • Take a taxi to Wat Bang Na Nawk (วัดบางนานอก), pictured above. The temple is located on the river.
  • Board the ferry and take it across the river – it only goes one place. Cost is 4 THB.
  • Jump on the back of a motorbike taxi straight to the doorstep of the floating market. There will be many others taking motorbikes to the market as well, so there’s no getting lost. Cost is 10 THB per person.

Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm, I showed up at about 11 am.

Time: The market is quite large so plan for about 2 – 4 hours of leisure browsing including lunch.


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  • Davies

    8 months ago

    Hi, may I know if the way of going there still remain the same?

  • Will

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark
    Went to the market this Sunday morning and yes I was one of a few non-Thais there. Very interesting place with many food and good stalls. Tried the sausage which was very tasty but lots of gristle interesting taste. I had just had breakfast so only had a few snacks there.
    Great day trip thanks for the suggestion keep up the great work.
    W

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey W, great to hear from you, glad you had a nice time visiting Bang Nam Pheung floating market!

  • Takashi Hirota

    2 years ago

    Your “Day Trip to Bangkok’s Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market” was attractive strongly and I decide to be there from Japan next month. Thank you for your information.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Takashi, great to hear that, hope you have an amazing trip to Thailand.

  • Stefanie Parks

    2 years ago

    My husband and I visited this market over the weekend and actually tried the sizzling pork in the lemongrass/ginger marinade that you pictured above. It was amazing. We couldn’t get over how big (and cheap) this market was. After walking around the floating portion of it and eating lunch there, we went into the other (non-floating) part of the market and were amazed at the great selection of foods they were selling. We hadn’t planned on buying anything but came home with three whole meals of tons of great seafood, all some of the cheapest we’ve seen. We bought some Thai desserts too from a stand with such a long line we literally had to take a number. Not sure what they were though – a blue jelly topped with white pudding/custard served in a banana leaf??

  • Astley

    2 years ago

    Hey Mark! Thanks for the info – i’m going to stay in Bangkok core, and it looks like i can get here most of the way via BTS skytrain – Udom Suk station.

    But i’m at a lost to get to the temple and ferry after – are there bus around that area?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Astley, good to hear from you, glad you’re in Bangkok. I’m not sure of what bus to take, but normally I would just jump in a taxi from Udom Suk to the temple, then at the temple you’ll find a ferry across the river. Hope you have a great day trip.

  • Chris

    2 years ago

    Do you happen to know if they sell beer there ? Thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Chris, not sure exactly, but I’m sure you could find a shop around there that does.

  • Kalu

    3 years ago

    Thank you Mark for all your travel advice and information! My husband and 10 month old will be visiting Bangkok in March and your videos and food guides have really added to the excitement. It’s his 1st visit to Thailand and my 3rd, so I have a heads up on what fab things to expect! So looking forward to the floating markets and wandering about in the food markets!

  • Gabriel

    3 years ago

    Hi there,

    I will be in Bangkok next february, and didn’t know what day trip I could do until I found your blog! Thank you!!!!

    I just wondered if you know whether the Bang Nam Pheung floating market was open on fridays.

    I am planning to go on bike from the pier, just like you said on another entry. Do you know if there’s any map, not to get lost!
    Are there any signs in english?

    Tks!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Gabriel, good to hear from you, glad you’ll be coming to Bangkok soon. It’s normally not open on Friday, unless there is a holiday. There should be signs in English though, so you can follow them to the floating market. Have a great expedition!

  • Richard

    3 years ago

    1st of all, thank you Mark for your wonderful suggestions.

    Bangnamphueng is simply a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon. As I sit here in the shade of the pretty garden of the coffee stall, I feel so relaxed.

    This is a local community market, thank goodness for that as we don’t see bus loads of noisy tourist groups. Plenty of locals, local tourist and, I guess, fans of Migrationology!

    There’s simply so much great food around here that at times I wished I had 4 stomachs like a cow so that I could taste everything my eyes see around here.

    There’s a lovely section for kids where there is a inflatable bouncer, arts and craft section where they can paint and colour figurines, goat pen where they can buy veg to feed the animals, koi pond where fishes are sold to be brought home and plenty of unique handmade toys and gifts.

    I’m glad we came down today and discovered this charming place before the large crowds of tourist “ruin” the place and stall holders become commercialised.

    Wish could post some pix but here in he shade of the pretty pond / garden, watching the groups of Sunday cyclist ride past, the families enjoying the food bought from the stalls and everyone happy and relaxed, I feel so privileged to see another totally different side of Bangkok.

    Richard

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Richard,

      This is amazing, thank you for sharing, and so glad that you enjoyed Bang Nam Pheung floating market. It really is so close to Bangkok, yet such a different world.

      Glad that you’re enjoying Bangkok!
      Mark

  • Vu

    3 years ago

    Hi Mark, I really like this article, and I would like to use some of your photos for my information works, of course within your photo URL and your name. Is that ok?
    thanks 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Hi Vu, what photo would you like to use and what will it be for?

  • Mae

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Do you know a good floating market that is easy to combine with the amphawa train market?
    And can you recommend me a chauffeur for a daytour?

    Thanks!

  • Roy keller

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark, do you know if there’s a place on the island to rent a bike? Thanks.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Roy, yes at Bang Krachao you can rent a bike!

  • Pedro

    5 years ago

    Great post! great information. I will surely visit this place once I am in Bangkok this October. Thanks!

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      No problem, glad you enjoyed this and hope you can visit when you’re in Bangkok!

  • Daniel McBane

    5 years ago

    Great post. I want to thank you for leading people to a floating market without relying on one of the extremely overpriced tour boats.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 years ago

      No problem, glad you enjoyed this post Daniel, and I hope it helps others to visit the floating market!