You have many choices for floating markets to visit in Thailand.

Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา), located in Samut Songkhram province (about a 1 hour drive from Bangkok) is one of the most relaxing and local floating you can visit.

In this blog post I’m to share with you all the details of how you can visit this amazing floating market, and what to eat when you’re there.

Watch the video:

If you have a few minutes, you can press play below to watch the full video of this trip to Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา).

(Or you can watch the full video on YouTube here)

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Boat vendors at Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา)

Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา)

There are a number of floating markets within Bangkok, Khlong Lat Mayom being my personal favorite.

Then, there are also a number of even more famous Thai floating markets about an hour drive outside of Central Bangkok in a province called Samut Songkhram.

Damnoen Saduak is probably the most famous of all, and it’s quite an extreme tourist attraction. Amphawa is another floating market that’s huge and very popular to visit for both Bangkok locals and tourists.

But if you’re looking for a quieter floating market experience that has a great local feel to it, Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is a wonderful market to visit.

Originally the market was only open only 4 – 5 days determined by the phase of the moon, but now it’s open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as well.

Still to this day, the canal and market is used as a hub for people in the area to trade and sell local, mainly food products.

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Entrance to the main floating market

Arriving to the market

Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is located about an hour or an hour and a half drive (depending on where you’re coming from in Bangkok) from Bangkok.

Since it’s located quite a ways off the main road and within the coconut sugar plantations, the best way to get there is by private vehicle — you could either rent your own car and drive yourself, or hire a private van / taxi for the day.

Directions are a little confusing. I plotted the market on Google Maps, and luckily that directed us straight to the market, through many small farm roads. It was a beautiful drive, but I don’t know how I could have ever found it without Google Maps directing.

At the front of the market there are a series of covered shops, and at the end of the shops you’ll get to the canal and the floating market.

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You’ll find all kinds of fresh produce

Along the canal at Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) you’ll find a number of boat vendors selling both produce and cooked ready to eat food.

There are also a few stalls along the edge of the canal (not floating) where you can also buy more things to eat.

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This is the small, yet friendly, main section of the market

It’s not a huge market, but I thought there was plenty to eat and see, and it’s especially a wonderful place if you want to avoid the main tourist floating markets, and visit a floating market where you can have a relaxed countryside local Thai experience.

Another thing that impressed me about Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is that many of the vendors I talked with and ordered from were extremely friendly.

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Aunty selling fried oyster omelet (หอยทอด)

Fried oyster omelet (หอยทอด)

Something about eating greasy fried oyster omelets (hoy tod หอยทอด) goes so well together with floating markets. It’s kind of like eating a hot dog at a sports game, they are just a natural food fit.

Smelling the smoke from lard pouring off the boat, I knew what I needed to eat first.

The Aunty who sells fried oyster omelets, sits in her boat, tossing the the ingredients on the hot griddle which sits above a wood burning fire.

What I loved most about her is that when it came time to throw on an egg, she cracked it onto the hot plate, then tossed the egg shell into the garbage at the front of the boat — she didn’t miss a single shell when I was watching her!

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Hoy tod (หอยทอด) – fried oyster

The fried oyster omelet included a gooey batter, egg, bean sprouts, and finally a handful of fresh oysters.

It wasn’t quite on level with one of Bangkok’s best fried oyster omelets, but it was pretty tasty, and well worth eating, especially for just 20 THB per plate.

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I couldn’t resist some grilled skewers of chicken

Grilled chicken skewers (ไก่ปิ้ง)

As we were finishing off the oyster omelet, I next smelled the grilling skewers of chicken (gai ping ไก่ปิ้ง) just downstream, and it lured me in.

This is a Thai street food snack you can eat all over the streets of Bangkok, often eaten with sticky rice as a snack or even breakfast.

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Chicken liver!

I especially wanted some liver, which was as good as expected — a little on the sweet side — but nice and creamy, and grilled fresh.

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Local coconut sugar

Shopping for local produce

This area of Samut Songkhram is famous in Thailand for producing things like coconut sugar, coconut oil, and even honey.

So if you’re ready to go shopping when you visit Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา), there isn’t a huge selection, but there are an adequate amount of stalls where you’ll find fresh coconut sugar.

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Starfruit

Additionally, fresh fruits and vegetables are sold in abundance throughout the market, both from stalls on ground and from boats.

Much of the produce likely comes directly from vendors’ home gardens, and they just boat them into the market each weekend to sell.

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The starfruit was amazingly juicy and crisp

Something I couldn’t resist buying as soon as I saw it were starfruit (มะเฟือง mafuang), one of my many favorite fruits.

I bought a bag of starfruit to take home, but also since Thailand is one of the most convenient countries in the world, they also had pre-cut starfruit to eat on spot.

The starfruit was incredibly juicy, crispy, and sour and sweet.

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Fried spring rolls (ปอเปี๊ยะทอด)

Fried spring rolls (ปอเปี๊ยะทอด)

I don’t normally eat deep fried spring rolls too often in Thailand. But seeing them fried hot and fresh, and how friendly the lady making them was, we ordered some.

They turned out to be delicious, filled with a mixture of minced meat, cabbage and mung beans noodles. Largely they were so good because they were freshly deep fried.

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A Thai snack called gold bags (ถุงทอง)

Gold bags (ถุงทอง)

Literally translated to gold bags or sacks (ถุงทอง toong tong) is another Thai deep fried snack. They are almost like spring rolls, but shaped like a little gold pouch.

They had a variety of fillings, but these were filled with a combination of minced pork and corn.

I’ve snacked on plenty of gold bags (ถุงทอง) before at various markets in Thailand, but these were surprisingly better than many I’ve had. Again, it was a good combination of ingredients, and fried so they were still crispy and hot.

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Ba mee moo (บะหมี่หมู) – pork egg noodles

Ba mee moo (บะหมี่หมู)

Bowls of noodles are one of the most popular things to eat at floating markets in Thailand, including Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา).

So after doing some snacking while walking around, we stopped for a quick bowl of noodles to cap things off. I had a bowl of egg noodles with pork (ba mee moo บะหมี่หมู).

I will say that it wasn’t amazing, but it was ok, and it did hit the spot after all the snacks. Next time I go, I would probably eat boat noodles, serves from the boat near the main bridge, which looked pretty good.

Price – 20 THB

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Aunties hard at work making khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด) – a traditional Thai dessert

Khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด)

While slurping down my bowl of noodles, I noticed some lovely Aunties at the very end of the market, preparing a Thai sweet snack called khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด).

Khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด) is a Thai dessert that includes sticky rice and coconut milk, topped with a slice of ripe banana, wrapped in a banana leaf, and steamed. I’m not huge into any types of desserts, but khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด) ranks among my favorite Thai desserts.

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Khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด)

The Aunties made no mistakes.

Their khao tom mad (ข้าวต้มมัด) was delicious — perfectly gooey sticky rice, rich and sweet from the coconut cream, with a sweet and sour, almost pudding like banana in the center, all wrapped up with the essence of the banana leaf steamed into it.

It made the perfect end to a snacking feast at Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา).

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Sleepy and peaceful scene at Tha Kha Floating Market

Canal boat ride

Along with eating, one of the best things to do when you visit Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is to take a leisure paddle boat ride through the canals to see the tree orchards and neighborhoods.

I wasn’t able to go on a boat ride this time, as I was with my 2 month old baby and my baby niece. However, if you come to this floating market, I think it would be a chance you don’t want to miss.

I’ve taken plenty of boat rides in similar areas in Thailand, and I love how you can breeze through the canal, see the trees and houses on either side, all from the peace of paddling in a boat.

Along the canal at the market, you can easily hire a boat to take you around for a few minutes or an hour.

If you’re looking for a Thai floating market that’s action packed and jammed with boats and tourists, Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa would be the floating market to visit.

If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful, and very friendly floating market, although there’s not that much to see or eat (but still plenty), Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is one of the best relaxing floating markets in Thailand to visit.

We spent about 2 hours just enjoying the ambiance and slowly eating at Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา). I thought it was fantastic, and what I loved most was the friendliness of the vendors… the fried oyster omelet was awesome too!

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You can bring home a stalk of bananas!

Conclusion

Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) is a relaxing local floating market located in the Samut Songkhram province of Thailand, about an hour drive from Bangkok.

You’ll find a good amount of vendors selling food from boats, as well as an abundance of fresh fruit and produce sold at stalls on the edges of the canal or from boats as well.

I fully enjoyed my visit to Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา) for the food, the peaceful atmosphere, and for the very friendly vendors.

Tha Kha Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำท่าคา)

Address: Tha Kha, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram 75110
Open hours: 6 am – 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sundays

ที่อยู่ ตำบลท่าคา อ.อัมพวา จ.สมุทรสงคราม
เปิดทุกวันเสาร์ อาทิตย์ 6.00-14.00 น.

How to get there: The easiest thing to do is either rent a car or hire a private van or taxi for the day. Follow this Google Map to get there.



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  • Gracie

    3 days ago

    Oh how I love the floating markets of SE Asia. You’re bringing me back Mark 🙂

  • Frank

    1 week ago

    Seems like an awesome alternative to the more touristy floating markets … thanks for sharing this secret with us!

    • Mark Wiens

      6 days ago

      Hey Frank, thank you for reading, hope you’re doing well.

  • ayaka

    1 week ago

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    I really hope many people become interested in Japan and visit here!!
    That’s why I appreciate you as a Japanese.
    Thank you so much😭✨

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    • Mark Wiens

      6 days ago

      Hi Ayaka,

      Great to hear from you, thank you very much for your kind words and support. I really do love Japan as well and especially Japanese food. Thank you for introducing me to your company, I will reply to you by email. Thanks!

  • Pauline

    1 week ago

    Nice to see your video each time. Gives lots of recommendation each time I visit Thailand Bangkok. I had tried almost 80% of your food recommendations and I like it so much. My fav floating market is bang nam phueng.

    • Mark Wiens

      6 days ago

      Hey Pauline, thank you very much. That’s a great floating markets as well!

  • Christopher Sean Fisher

    1 week ago

    The food looked awedome. Your son is so cute. Thanks for all of you and yings hard work to bring us these food adventures

  • Myo Myint Min

    1 week ago

    I Like Thai Food & Singapore Food & Chinese Food & Indian Food…. & I want to know the places where is the addresses. & the places of Interest for the Tourist…. ……………………………………………………….. M M M

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Great to hear that Myo, glad you enjoy food too!

  • Becky

    1 week ago

    I SO want to go to Thailand and check out the floating markets! Everything looks so good and delicious. It made me hungry just reading your article!

  • Tony

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark
    Really enjoy watching all your videos ,Excellent job.
    Thank you so much.

  • SHERLY

    1 week ago

    Amazing information!! Love being able to see the amazing world of food just one click away!!!

  • RedVexeD

    1 week ago

    Love your YT channel videos, you help keep my love for travelling alive while I work through school! I can’t wait to get out and have my own adventures! 🙂

  • FLYMEBABE

    1 week ago

    Thank you Mark for this fantastic video of the floating markets, another success on a plate! Although not visiting Thailand in a few weeks, we are near there, and I am sure we will see lovely SE food that you take the time to show us all, so thanks again Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      You’re welcome, thank you for reading the blog and watching the video!

  • Vidyut Rautela – Travel Blogger from India

    1 week ago

    Damn! excellent post, been to Bangkok a few times but never considered going to the floating market… I am convinced now!

  • bob mimis

    1 week ago

    you did it again mark, every time i see you put one of your delicious dishes into your mouth i say to my wife what is there to eat. the food in your videos is mouth watering to say the least. great videos again mark

  • Malichat ua-anant

    1 week ago

    Yes, I have never been to your Tha Kha Floating Market even though I have been to. SamutsongKram สมุทรสงคราม so many times. It’s look peaceful as you said and lots to eat. Thank you for your recommendation. I’ll really want to go there now and eat all the goodies.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Malichat, great to hear from you. It’s definitely one of the quietest floating markets I’ve been to, but such a wonderful friendly market. Hope you can visit next time.

  • Kimmy

    1 week ago

    Mark
    …You and Ying make us aware that good food is a universal language. Thank you.

  • Olaf

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark, very nice video and a good advice for our next journey to Thailand ! It reminds me on our visit some years ago at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, BUT there it was difficult to detect any vendors within the whole bunch of tourist boats! It is always a plaesure to watch your amazing videos. Keep going!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Olaf. This market is not far from Damnoen Saduak, but it’s much more quiet and relaxed and very friendly too. Hope you can visit on your next trip.

  • Donna Brown

    1 week ago

    Mark – all the times we have visited and lived in Thailand – we have never been to the floating market. We are planning a two month visit later in the year and going to the floating market was something we are going to do. Thanks for the timely video..

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Donna, great to hear from you. Glad you’re planning to go later this year!

  • nui acain

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark, what I can say as usual excellent trip and video. I love the foods you had. Thank you so much.

  • Yulia

    1 week ago

    Visiting a floating market has been on my bucket list for a while now! Can’t wait till I get a chance to travel to Bangkok and explore it on my own! Between the searching for produce, eating delicious foods and taking boat rides you can probably spend a whole day there.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Yulia. Hope you can visit Bangkok soon, I know you enjoy the food!

  • Christie

    1 week ago

    WOW! Thailand has always been high on my bucket list, but this pushes it up higher. What an awesome experience. The food looks incredible on its own, but add in the fact that it’s a floating market and that makes it even better. Gorgeous photos and great information. Hope to get there sometime and enjoy some of that starfruit too!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Christie. Would be great if you can come to visit Thailand!

  • Mats Dackerud

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for a new beautiful video reminding me of the country I love so much. As been living in Thailand for about 15 years before there are so many things that makes me feel ” homesick”.
    looking forward for your next project.
    /Mats D

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Mats, great to hear from you. Thank you very much, glad this brings back good memories!

  • Barbara

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark
    I am visiting Thailand this year and your blog is such a valuable source of information. Keep up the good work.
    Greetings from Dublin

  • Kenneth Henderson

    1 week ago

    Always look forward to your excursions….will visit LOS this summer…its been 2 years since last visit.
    Thanks very much!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you Kenneth, glad you’ll be coming back to Thailand soon!

  • Trevor Park Jones

    1 week ago

    It’s always a genuine pleasure to watch your videos, and read your blog posts!! The places you visit, and food you eat always looks outstanding, thank you for everything you do!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much for your kind words Tervor, really appreciate your support!

  • Hermie

    1 week ago

    we have the same produce , but your fruits in Thailand are bigger and sweet. nice to know about tha kha floating market, Ill be going back to Thailand and I like to see the tha kha floating market.
    Thank you Mark for the info.

  • Wim Kalkman

    1 week ago

    Mark, can you please stop seducing me with these wonderful Thai places and delicious looking foods 🙂
    Thumbs Up, Wim.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hehe, thank you Wim for reading. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Patsy

    1 week ago

    Aroi Muk Muk!! Just learnt this from friends in Thailand on a buying excursion for their store in BC, Canada. ♡

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you Patsy, yes, good thing to know how to say in Thai!

  • Chris

    1 week ago

    I’d really love to go there Mark.. I want to try grilled skewer of chicken. Someday me and my wife will visit Thailand. More power Mark great job.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you for reading Chris, that would be awesome if you and your wife could come visit Thailand.

  • Rishi Kalra

    1 week ago

    Hey Mark, Just watched your video series on Youtube, and have to say the food looks delicious, especiialy when paired with your amazing facial expressions. haha. Lovely videos, please keep them going. All the best!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Rishi, really appreciate your support. Hope you’re doing well!

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    1 week ago

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    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Hj. Abdul, thank you very much for reading and for sharing, really appreciate it.

  • Jörg

    1 week ago

    Been already five time to bangkok but on my sixth stay in april i will manage it to see this floating market…thanks to your recommandation! All the best to you and your familiy.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Great to hear that Jörg, hope you have an excellent time!

  • Randy

    1 week ago

    Hi Mark, its always a pleasure to see your new videos and articles about the great food ventures.
    Regards, Randy from Hawaii

  • Lukas – Maniac of Asian food from Poland

    1 week ago

    Hello Mark, Amazing place 🙂 I must try it during my next trip to BKK. Your food tips are very helpfull, I want moore!!!

  • Umroh Murah

    1 week ago

    I wanted to try dishes cooked on the boat and of course I want to eat on the boat also enjoy the beautiful scenery there

  • Dan

    1 week ago

    Love to watch your video, good info for local Thai food. Thanks Dan

  • Shirley Marzan

    1 week ago

    Thank you for sharing this videos,Mark!I Excellent

  • Victoria @The British Berliner

    1 week ago

    I absolutely love floating markets. Your brilliant photographs have reminded me of how lovely ordinary food from “aunties” are just the best, and tastier too!
    Great post!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Victoria, awesome to hear you love floating markets. I agree with you. Thank you!

  • Max Lau

    1 week ago

    Thanks Mark for the video on your Thai floating market food adventure. Great video shots. Could you let me know what camera you are using?

  • Brendan Koh

    1 week ago

    You are Really Making a Huge Imprint and creating a Tsunami on the Thai cullinary scene . ALL Your blog posts are not only Iluminating , Interesting and Droolicious , but are painstakingly and thoughtfully documented and illustrated . If you sustain your frentic pace , you will Undoubtedly be crowned the Undisputed GURU on Thai Cuisine and Travel , perhaps , even More Famous than Gordon Ramsey of Masterchef .

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Brendan, thank you very much for your extremely kind comment and support, really appreciate it. I really enjoy what I’m able to do, and I feel so blessed to be able to do it. Thank you!

  • Manohar

    2 weeks ago

    HI Mark
    Very nice video and thank you for your detailed information. Saw most of your videos. Please let me know if you have new once in this year.
    Regards
    Manohar Nayak

  • Lisa vansaghi

    2 weeks ago

    We are going to try this market on our next visit in October 2017!!!! Love your stuff!!!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Lisa, this is a great relaxing and very calm market. Hope you enjoy it later this year.

  • jim

    2 weeks ago

    hi mark, is the market really along the mekong river?
    like your videos

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Jim, thank you very much. No, it’s off on a small canal, but not too far from a river called the Mae Klong, different from Mekong.

  • Frank

    2 weeks ago

    Always a joy to watch your videos of exotic places and wonderful local folks. Makes the food you consume all the more delectable.

  • David Povey

    2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark, another interesting post you really are a treasure an marvellous resource. Last year I went to Thai speaking and reading class, not very successfully. I did learn to read Hoy Tod in Thai script though, and I was so pleased to see a sign at the temple fair for หอยทอด. I love these light snacks. Are they oysters or mussels? Sometimes I think they use mussels. All the best,
    David P (Australia)

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi David, thank you very much, awesome to hear that, haha you got your priorities right for learning to read Thai. Yes, sometimes they use either mussels or oysters, this time she told me they were oysters. Thanks!

  • Jinda Sukrachan

    2 weeks ago

    The way you present the food makes my mouth water! It looks so good! I like the floating market.

  • Ebraheem

    2 weeks ago

    It is verry nice &verry good experiance in Thailand

  • Michael Cheng

    2 weeks ago

    Great Nice Pictures quality shots and amazing places to take this photo shots. I bought Canon 70D camera last year and bad quality shots at my 24 Days China Tours……

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Michael, thank you very much, great to hear that. That’s a very good camera too.

  • Joel Bruner

    2 weeks ago

    Beautiful photos man! “Thai version of a hot dog at a sports game!” Im dying dude, good description!! Looks like quite a chill market too, looks like a great mid-week trip, just hanging out in the peaceful market zone… Cool man! Thanks for the post!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thanks Joel, yah man perfect place to chill and relax, away from the mass crowds.

  • Bill

    2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark. Another great video. You certainly have a passion for food and a gift for presenting. It is great to see your family on the video and the integration into the Thai culture. The write ups and videos are first class and reflect your passion, dedication and talent. You are a true ambassador for Thailand – it is so refreshing to see a foreigner painting such a positive picture of the country. I love Thailand, the people, the culture and the food – your videos keep reminding me why.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Bill, huge thank you for your kind words and support, and I’m so happy to hear that you love Thailand as well. Thank you!

  • Fred J

    2 weeks ago

    I find ‘Serenity’ watching your post Mark! 👍🏼

  • Ed Engel

    2 weeks ago

    Great job, Mark! Thanks.
    and hello to Ed Engle, I really need to comment on that. Greetings from Ed Engel 🙂

  • Mason West

    2 weeks ago

    Mark–
    I know your hands are fuller than you’ve every imagined possible. So feel free to just answer with a happy face or not at all. I wondered how your YouTube productions would go now that you are a bit more anchored in Thailand, but you’ve gracefully gone from the breadth of a round-the-world tour to a great depth of insight in your home in Thailand. As T.S. Eliot wrote:

    We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.

    Eliot was writing about much more than travel, but it applies well here.

    I’m hoping your eating Thai book will be useful to someone like me who won’t be traveling for a while: useful would be tips on how to identify the quality and authenticity of Thai restaurants, and how to recreate fairly authentic dishes at home with some access to local Asian markets, which might not have everything you have there, but will have some things. Substitutions are still the order of the day. At any rate, however you do your book, even if it’s a local guide to restaurants in Thailand, I will most likely get it.

    I don’t have a lot of money, but if there is some other way I might contribute to your endeavors, please let me know.

    Best,
    –Mason

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Mason,

      Great to hear from you, thank you very much for your kind words. And that quote and what you’ve said really means a lot to me.

      For the guide, this one is mainly an eating guide of Thailand, but it could definitely pertain to eating at Thai restaurants outside of Thailand and being able to order more authentic food / off the menu. I do have plans though to also publish a recipe book sometime in the future, when I can gather enough recipes.

      Again, thank you very much, hope you’re doing well,
      Mark

  • su

    2 weeks ago

    Hello Mark,
    Many Thanks for Sharing Information!
    I was last Week in BKK and Now come back to home.
    I’m going to visit almost once again there !! definitely, I’ll go to floating Market you recommended.

  • Erik

    2 weeks ago

    My wife and I loved the episode. Everything looked so good plus super cheap!! Maybe someday we’ll go visit.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you Erik, hope you can visit in the future.

  • Lawrence Viles

    2 weeks ago

    Those gold bags looked great. Think I might make them sometime. Again, thank you Mark, Ying and noe Micah for letting me in your world. I loved Thai food before you were born but now have even more love fot the culture, people and food.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Lawrence, thank you very much, awesome to hear that. Enjoy the gold bags!

  • Peggy Postma

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Mark…….as usual the food looks fantastic, whether in a Restaurant or at the Tha Kha Floating Market……! I love the way you show these different foods….. Thank you again Mark…..! Your friend always………Peggy Postma……

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Thank you very much Peggy, really appreciate your support. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Patricia Highton

    2 weeks ago

    Just glorious. I probably enjoyed this vlog and blog more than most. It was such a pleasure to see you with your family relaxing and enjoying what you love most (other than your son and wife, of course). I do wonder though; what is in the middle of the sticky rice with banana steamed in the banana leaf. Is that some kind of meat? I totally look forward to your you tube videos and blogs. Even though I am not able to travel, it’s wonderful that people like you share your experiences with the rest of us for our enjoyment and education. I am also so impressed with your Thai speaking abilities. I have actually been researching the possibilities of maybe retiring to Thailand in the next 7 to 10 years. Thank you again Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hi Patricia, thank you very much. Inside the sticky rice is just banana, sometimes they add some black beans thought too, I’m not totally sure why it turns pink though, but it’s all banana. That would be great to come to Thailand to retire!

  • PTNote

    2 weeks ago

    Looks great! Would go there someday 🙂

  • Curt

    2 weeks ago

    Tha Kha is, by far, our favorite floating market. Unfortunately, we have found it becoming more and more like the others, as more and more foreign tourists find it. One day, the bus tours will show and it, too, will become a circus.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 week ago

      Hey Curt, awesome to hear you love it too. Yah, that’s definitely a tough issue, it would be amazing if Tha Kha can remain local and peaceful.

  • Sam

    2 weeks ago

    You get us all curious to try this wonderful looking food. Great job!!

  • Ed Engle

    2 weeks ago

    Once again, an amazingly well done job, Mark! We can’t wait to experience Bangkok firsthand.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you very much Ed!

      • Ed Engel

        2 weeks ago

        Great job, Mark! Thanks.
        and hello to Ed Engle, I really need to comment on that. Greetings from Ed Engel 🙂