Pattaya Floating MarketCurrently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
- Address: 451/304 Moo 12, Sukhumvi-Pattaya Road,Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
- Timings: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
- Phone: +66-38706340
- Ticket Price: 200 THB
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, River, Market, Family And Kids, Arts And Crafts
Thailand like many other Asian countries is famous for its floating markets. This old tradition has found an interesting popular take in Thailand. This traditional attraction has been turned into a crowd puller by adding several other activities of tourist interest to it.
The small rivulet in Chonburi where the typical market used to take place has been surrounded with several pretty wooden decks from where tourists can experience this spectacle. Vendors selling fruit, flowers and fish travel across the water in tiny canoe boats. You can even hire one of these boats but it might be expensive for smaller groups. It is more economical to hire a water buggy and take a joy ride through the place. The place has been decorated in a rustic way and there is a lot to see and do here.
Interestingly, they have tried to include the varied traditions from the different parts of Thailand in this place. You can also shop for silk, clothes and fresh and dried Thai herbs here. A lot of handicrafts from the country are also on display. This experience is not to be missed when in Pattaya.
- Quite a few tourist buses will take you directly to this place.
- Beach Bus stop near Floating Market
- Hire a motorbike taxi.
- Hop on a songthaew
- Coco's Bistro
- The Glass House Pattaya
- Dragon Beach Resort Restaurant
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64.03% of people who visit Pattaya include Pattaya Floating Market in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
43.94% of people start their Pattaya Floating Market visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Pattaya Floating Market
94.73% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pattaya Floating Market
My advise, don't go. I love Thailand, but this place isn't worth it. They charge foreigners 200 Baht to walk around for shopping and food that you can easily get better elsewhere. The photo opportunities aren't that great compared to real floating markets. I tried to take a few photos and got nasty looks from the sellers in the boats. I sat down to buy some local food and had a bad stomachache from the cooking oil, plus a ton of mosquito bites. I eat Thai food all over and never feel sick. If you have absolutely nothing else to do, or don't have the time for a real floating market it maybe worth it. Otherwise avoid it.
Before you do anything there is an entry fee of 200 baht for a walking ticket or 800 baht for a boat ride. The boat ride seems totally pointless, as all the stalls face the walkway so all you will be doing is looking from afar. Stalls sell pretty much the same items you can buy from any market in the local area but at stupidly high prices. You can barter with the sellers but even then the prices are sky high. I bought a little carving of an elephant with an attached candle and holder for 260 baht, the next day I went to pattaya night bazaar and pretty much the same item was 2 for 100 baht. The best thing about the market is the views, and food stalls which are both cheap and tasty which is the only redeeming factor giving the market 3 stars in my opinion.
It is not a floating market, but a shopping mall built on an artificial piece of water ! The constructions are made of wood, and the circuit is pleasant and gives the impression of being much bigger than it is. There are mostly cheap restaurants, massage parlors, and souvenir shops. The access was free in the beginning, which is the least for a trade ! But tour operators put it on their route, and the "Pattaya Floating Market" became paying for foreigners, as it's common in Thailand. The exemption of the entry fees for expats (on presentation of the Thai license) was abolished in 2015 by the military dictatorship, and the price (2017) is 200 thb (5.5 €, 6 $). Goods are those found everywhere, but more expensive. Is the place worth to pay (parking + entry) to buy dried fruit or eat a crocodile skewer ? Everyone will appreciate ! New visit for curious friends in November 2018. No exception for this "attraction". As all parks, hotels, resorts, villages, flat blocks ... in Thailand, the maintenance is inexistent and this fake floating market is getting old and broken. Tourists are coming by big buses, sent there by tour operators, and just have a quick ride. Many shops are closed. Who wants to pay the entry to go to restaurant ? It will be soon a "ghost floating market" !
Covering an area of 100,000 sqm, the Four Regions Floating Market is separated into four sections – each representing and selling items from the four major parts of Thailand (north, northeast, central and south). Expect to find many eateries, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon. The 350 million baht market has over 114 shops and water vendors selling authentic Thai food, desserts and specialties from all over the kingdom. For a floating market experience, hire a man-powered boat to get around and discover the richness of the surrounding Thai architecture and riverside life. Typically, the boat is big enough for four people and can be hired for a small fee for around 30 minutes.
Good place. Market is bit costly. I was surprised by the fact that it has a entry fee. I will say you can visit it if you have some spare time. Otherwise it is not a must go place.