Your visit to Thailand won’t be complete if you haven’t done a Market Food Tour.
December 2017, me and my friends decided to try a market food tour in Bangkok. We searched through the internet and we found Bangkok Food Tours. We checked TripAdvisor and there we saw how people rave about how good it is. We didn’t think twice. We booked their Offbeat Floating Market Food Tour on December 2, 2017.
We started the tour at the famous Train Market in Bangkok, the Maeklong Railway Market. It’s one of the most unique and authentic destinations in Bangkok. Imagine a market that’s literally on the track? How cool is that?
We had some fresh coconut juice while watching the train pass through the market. Everything that happened was surreal. Something that I’ve never seen before. A warning bell goes off few minutes before the train arrives and that’s the time when vendors pull back their awnings. Locals call this place Talad Rom Hoop (Talad is market, Rom is umbrella and Hoop is folding).
The next market that we visited was the Tha Kha Floating Market. It’s where local farmers meet to exchange their local products. Vendors also do some live cooking on their boats. We tried some of their snacks and they’re all amazing. I personally liked the money bags best. It’s a fried bag dumplings paired with special Thai dip.
We rode one of the boats and we checked out a local coconut farm where they also produce coconut sugar. I was amused when I saw an old lady still using a traditional way of making sugar. Hat’s off to her for keeping this almost-forgotten-way of making a living. This is the real definition of hard work.
The third market on the list was Bang Noi Floating Market. This was my favorite market. It’s where I had the most amazing seafood noodles, milk tea and the much awaited massage which are by the way, all part of the tour package at no extra cost.
One of many things that caught my eyes was this scene when people eat traditional Thai food while hanging their feet over the water. Something that you don’t see everyday.
Finally, last but not the least, the Amphawa Floating Market. It was the busiest out of all the markets we visited. Apparently, it is the most visited floating market in Thailand. It has the most people and the most vendors. Just so you know, I’m a HUGE seafood fan. And this market has loads of them. The canals are filled with boats offering grilled seafood and other Thai dishes. And here you can try making desserts yourself.
Our tour guide brought us to one of the famous restaurants inside the market. That’s where we had an amazing, over the top early dinner. We had grilled fish, crab curry, fried rice and buttered scallops. What a great way to end the tour.
TIP: Make sure you have an empty stomach before you start the tour because you will try countless of dishes the whole day. This tour is actually the most excellent way of discovering authentic Thai food.
Bangkok Food Tours is definitely the best tour provider out there. And it’s not just a food tour. It’s a way of discovering Thai culture a bit deeper. Something that other tour providers can’t offer. The tour we tried requires a full day but if you have limited time you may check their website for plenty of options.
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My Thailand adventure was beyond exciting and more meaningful because I was with these wonderful people.
“Our mission is not only to introduce Thai local flavors to the world, but also to help foreign visitors “eat like Thais do.” Besides filling your stomach with delicious dishes, we feed you with fun history, rich culture, and story insights of the neighborhoods we visit, as the locals themselves may share.”