We were told by our tourist guide during our Upper Mekong Delta River tour that we should not miss the Cai Rang Floating Market in Vietnam. Since we opted to take the river tour, we just thought we might just go check out Cai Rang the next time we go visit Vietnam. But because our pastor friend gave us an idea of a good itinerary the next time we visit Vietnam, we will instead take the Manila – Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand – Manila route.
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market
And on our next travel to those three Asian countries, the plan is to go check out the floating markets in Bangkok.We were told by a friend who frequents Bangkok that Bang Khu Wiang is the must go to place amongst the various floating markets in Bangkok. Monks are said to arrive early with their fresh produce and chances are merchandise might just be cheaper. If we go to the floating markets later in the day, it might just be too crowded for comfort as these floating markets are frequented by tourists.
Another floating market to check out from my list is the 150 year old Bang Phli Floating Market which is located 29km from Bangkok. I think I would enjoy shopping here more than the traditional boats for floating markets. As opposed to other floating markets in Bangkok, the Bang Phli Market of Samut Prakan has wooden sidewalk laid along the Samrong Canal where shops are located. Now, that is more like shopping to me. Haggling in a boat just does not sound very comfortable. It can be a real adventure, I’m sure.
It would be such fine travel time again with family if we will be able to do the Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand trip sometime in the future. We are checking out thailand flights soon just to figure in the costs and hopefully check out these floating markets in Bangkok.