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Bangkok Travelbug September 14 Wat Lam Phaya floating market
August 27, 2014

Wat Lam Phaya floating market

Welcome back! This month we explore the attractions in Nakhon Pathom a province that is on the outskirts of Bangkok. The provincial capital Nakhon Pathom is barely 56 km north-west of Bangkok.

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About Nakhon Pathom

Nakhon Pathom is considered the cradle of Buddhism and the centre of Dvaravati, a Buddhist civilization that existed from 7th – 11th C AD. The province is home to the ancient Phra Pathom Chedi, a famous landmark in Nakhon Pathom city and the first religious landmark signifying the introduction of Buddhism in Thailand.

The Tha Chin River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya flows through this province before entering the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Sakhon and there are several old markets on the banks of the Tha Chin.

Nakhon Pathom is largely agricultural engaging in the cultivation of fruits, vegetable and rice. Tourist other attractions include places like Rose Garden, the crocodile and elephant farm.

However, we decided to go off the beaten track and visit a market that’s way up north in Amphoe Bang Len about 24 km north of the highway leading to the city. It was a pleasant drive along a country through rice fields and canals before we reached Wat Lam Phaya.

Rice field on the road to Bang Len

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Wat Lam Phaya floating market

Wat Lam Phaya floating market was set up in 2001 by local officials and Wat Lam Phaya to help the people in the area market their agricultural produce. This place is non-touristy with a very local flavour. The first thing that caught our eye was this.

First impression

There’s even a museum about the floating market but unfortunately it wasn’t open. Still we could see some of the exhibits in the open space below.

There are rows of shops on the banks of the Tha Chin selling rattan work, mats, cushions, fish, fruits, lots of fruits and toys.

Kids’ delight

The atmosphere by the Tha Chin is very pleasant. Visitors can sit in one of these huts by the river and have their lunch.

By the Tha Chin

Next we crossed a short bridge to the shops on pontoons floating in the river. It was a different world altogether. Here’s where the real stuff is sold, food, food and more food. I could almost taste the crackling crust on that slab of crispy roast pork.

Some of the food available

That was enough to make us stop for lunch.

Our lunch

We had satay, pad thai, oysters fried in batter and desert. After lunch we strolled down the row of shops on the pontoons. There were lots of deserts and snacks.

Tempting Thai deserts

Crispy Thai snacks

Besides the stalls on the pontoons, there were also boats anchored to the pontoons. I wonder how they got these boats under the walkway.

Boat vendors

There is also a boat service on the Tha Chin to three temples nearby. The rates are as listed on the board. Visitors usually take the boat to these temples to pray and make merit. You can just go along for the ride.

Boat service

Wat Lam Phaya – Wat Suk
Departure times: 1030 hours, 1230 hours, 1430 hours
Fare: adult 60 baht, children 20 baht

Wat Lam Phaya – Wat Bang Phasi
Departure times: 1100 hours, 1330 hours
Fare: adult 60 baht, children 20 baht

Wat Lam Phaya – Wat Bang Phra
Departure times: 1130 hours, 1400 hours
Fare: adult 80 baht, children 30 baht

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the banks of the Tha Chin feeding fish or just enjoying the scenery.

Feeding fish

He looks like he’s been here for a long time

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Map to Wat Lam Phaya floating market

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Wat Lam Phaya floating market
Wat Lam Phaya
Tambon Lam Phaya
Amphoe Bang Len
Nakhon Pathom

Opening hours

The Wat Lam Phaya floating market is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 0800 – 1700 hours.

Admission is free

How to get to there

By car

Cross the Chao Phraya at the Phra Pin Klao Bridge near Sanam Luang and get on Boromrachanani Road. This leads on to highway 338 and to Mahidol University at a place called Salaya. Go round the university and take the highway Nakhon Pathom 3004 that goes due north.

Continue along this road till you get to Wat Lam Phaya. Along some stretches of the Google map, this road is also known as Krungnon – Chonthanom Road and then highway 5032.

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My thanks

My thanks to Lim Siew Hwei for taking the wheel to Nakhon Pathom.

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Next month

We visit old markets in Nakhon Pathom, Bang Luang market and Tha Na market

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Eric Lim
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