Floating markets (markets comprised of boatloads of goods moored along a river) were once quite commonplace in Bangkok with locals going there for their everyday groceries. These types of markets were highly popular during the Ayutthaya Period, but their importance has declined over time. Although they still exist they are more of a novelty tourist attraction than anything else with most people preferring to shop at franchised supermarkets. Despite their diminishing presence the floating markets are still interesting places to visit and are usually full of activity. It would be impossible to visit Thailand without stopping by one of its famous river markets.

The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most popular market of its kind in the country. The market is located in the Ratchaburi Province and is roughly an hour’s ride from Bangkok. The colourful market opens early in the morning and gets crowded pretty quickly. It is a terrific place to get souvenirs and sample the delicious local cuisine. The easiest way to get to Damnoen Saduak is by joining a tour group.

The Taling Chan Floating Market is another popular spot and it is located right in the Thai capital. Although it can be more accurately described as a riverside market it is still a good place to visit to get a taste of local life. When it comes to food, one should also try the Don Wai Floating Market which is widely regarded as the best place to experience Thai cuisine. Tourists can also try the Tha Kha, Amphawa and Bag Noi Floating Markets at Samut Songkhram.

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is a delightful blend of the old and the new. Renowned for its nightlife and as one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, the city is a great place for a holiday. The local food offers a lot of variety, there are plenty of interesting tourist attractions and it is easy to find accommodation to suit different budgets. Tourists looking for good serviced accommodation in Bangkok can head over to Somerset Lake Point Bangkok. With different styles of accommodation options on offer, you can easily find an apartment Bangkok here to fit one’s needs. The apartments also enjoy a central location and are within easy reach of the city’s business and leisure centres.