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Cool outings: Nonthaburi awash in floating markets

Oct 13. 2019
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By The Nation

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Keen to highlight a cultural heritage that has always depended on waterways, Nonthaburi’s Office of Tourism and Sports is promoting six floating markets in the province.

It aims to encourage more tourists to visit and sample the shopping and the delectable and inexpensive local food treats amid singing contests and “little angel” competitions.

Deputy Governor Amphon Angkhaphonkun said Nonthaburi wants to conserve its cultural heritage by promoting tourism, in keeping with government policies to support the Thai identity and entrepreneurship and recognise the value of traditional ways of life.

The way of life in Nonthaburi is always connected to the Chao Phraya River and its many canals on which floating markets are found, said Natthira Phaengkhun of the local Tourism Office.

Sai Noi Floating Market on the Phra Phimol Racha Canal near Wat Sai Yai in Sai Noi district is open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. 

The district’s residents are mostly farmers and sell their produce at this market, including organic vegetables and fruit, snacks and beverages.

Pracharat Floating Market at Wat Tanot in Muang Nonthaburi rests against the Omnont Canal and is another great place to buy produce fresh from the farm. The shops and food are terrific every Saturday and Sunday.

Wat Yai Sawang Arom Wat Water Market in Pak Kret district, also known as the Riverside Market, is famous for the tens of thousands of fish waiting to be fed at Wang Matcha and cruises around nearby Koh Kred. It too is open Saturdays and Sundays.

Wat Takhian Floating Market in Bang Kruai district, open daily, offers various products sold canal-side and from boats, such as seasonal fruit, duck stew, boat noodles and herbal drinks. Visitors often pause to pay respect to a statue of Luang Pu Yam.

Pracharath Floating Market at Suan Bua on Soi 1 in Bang Yai district is compact but has plenty of dining options every Saturday and Sunday. Shops surround a wide pool with seats for eating and relaxing.

Bua Khwan Floating Market, also in Muang Nonthaburi, at Wat Bua Kwan, boasts many high-quality yet affordable products. Pay respects to the monks and then sample the wares on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

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