I have been wanting to go to the floating market in Bangkok since we arrived in Thailand almost 1 year ago. I see photos of it in all of the cities we visit and it looks so amazing. So we planned to go with my parents when they visited. I did zero research on it, just found a taxi to take us there. That turned out to be a bit of an ordeal, but it ended up working out.
The taxi driver pulled up in a small car. We had 4 adults and 2 not-so-small children. I thought, eh, how bad can it be? Wrong thought, it was 1 1/2 hours to get to the floating market in Bangkok, apparently Bangkok is really big. It was a little intense in the little car with arms and feet and butts everywhere, and it poured down rain the entire ride there, so more than once we almost turned around.
haha, cramped much?! My mom somehow managed to take this photo from the squished spot she was in beside us. Papa T was lucky to have the longest legs and get the front seat all alone.
Many times it has rained on our travel plans these past months of travel, and we have never turned around, and we have never been disappointed. So we trucked on, and after the looong drive, we arrived at a small dock where the guys told us it would be $300 for us all to take a 1 hour boat ride to the market! Waaaah? Seriously, I thought it would be free or like $10.
I was pretty bummed, I really wanted to go, but $300 for a wooden long boat that takes about $5 worth of gas is a joke. We were about to leave and called our taxi guy to pick us up. He asked how much we would pay. We talked and decided we would pay $100 for all 6 of us. Still way too much, but we were already there and did I mention I really wanted to go? They accepted the $100, making me feel sorry for anyone who ever paid $300.
As far as I am concerned it was totally worth $100. It was amazing, and is one of the top things we have done on our travels.
The driver stopped off at a Coconut sugar farm where we got to try freshly made coconut sugar.
The boat ride was about 90 minutes of slowly meandering down the river between other boats and little shops. If you wanted to buy something you just told the driver and he would dock the boat and you could buy food, drinks, or stuff right there in the boat.
We stopped to buy fresh fruit a couple of times. There were even boats going around with sodas and cold beer. Peyton spotted one lady across the river that he wanted to buy mangoes from. I saw a lady closer and asked her. I turned around to an upset little Peyton. He said the other lady was crying and he had really wanted to buy her mangoes. We quickly waved her down and she rowed backwards to our boat, where thoughtful Peyton happily bought her mangoes:)
that’s the lady in the plaid shirt behind
were you ready for this old lady cuteness?!
my paper and wooden umbrella I bought at the market:)
If you are ever in Bangkok, the floating market is amazing, you have to go!