September 9, 2011 in Category Bangkok,Scarlett Adventures...,Thailand

The Floating Markets of Bangkok

Seeing the floating markets was one of the things I was most excited about during my stay in Bangkok…

…so I nearly died when – finally, after a multitude of random detours along the way – Ning (the accidental guide) said the few little words I’d been waiting  to hear all day, “now I take you to your speed boat, you travel to the markets just like James Bond yes?”

FUCK yes – I had an image of whizzing down the river on a state of the art speed boat, the wind blowing in my hair… possibly a martini in one hand…

An image that was immediately shattered when I came face to face with my ride.

A canoe – with an engine.

Don’t get me wrong, it was the most beautiful, colourful canoe I’ve ever seen… but a canoe all the same. Mentally logging how brown the water was as I clambered in like a baby rhino, I was pretty sure that this wasn’t James Bonds preferred mode of transport…*

Besides being convinced we were about to capsize twice, crashing into (what I’m 99% sure was) a sewage pipe and nearly killing a man fishing his rubbish out of the river – the speed boat was easily my favourite part of my Bangkok adventure and something I would recommend to anyone visiting Thailand.


The floating markets themselves were so much better than I expected, not necessarily for the actual stock (I was in the market for a fake Mulberry bag etc… turns out you need to go to the local markets for this as I, devestatingly, found out on my way back to the airport) but the general atmosphere; the colour, the hustle and bustle and the taste of the Bangkok way of life was literally incredible. I could have easily come home with a whole new wardrobe (if I wasn’t already teetering on the edge of my luggage allowance) but I settled for a beautiful dress (the fruits of my first attempt at haggling), if anyone asks it’s from an expensive boutique in Sydney…

*Evidently, the exact same type of canoe was used in the ‘Man with the Golden Gun’, but not being a boy or a lesbian I wouldn’t know that.

Disclaimer: I don’t, in any way, assume that all James Bond fans are men or lesbians. Swear down.

The fruits of my first Floating Market haggle

7 comments… read them below or add one

Simply Paul September 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

It sounds like a shopping experience that I might (and that is a very big MIGHT) just enjoy. I guess I could just pretend to be James Bond. However with all of the rubbish going into the water I’m glad it wasn’t food they were selling!


Carola September 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Great pictures and lovely dress. What a picturesque little corner of the world Bangkok is.


Melissa September 10, 2011 at 12:07 am

This is so awesome! Love the pics, I never heard of the floating markets before, I clearly have some research to do before I go to Thailand… :) (one day)


CeCe September 10, 2011 at 2:49 am

I’m going to have to add this one onto my list! That’s a pretty big canoe.


Elle September 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

The Floating Markets sound really awesome. Glad you see you and mum are having a great time. And Jiminy Crickets ya’ll look so much alike!


I Hart Travel September 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

I’m glad I read this. I didn’t get to do this my first time in Bangkok last June but I definitely will when I go again this December. Excellent post!

And you look beautiful in your dress!


Jen (Scarlett) September 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

Paul… even you would love it… and they do sell food, I was force fed some “pure brown sugar” which was incidently covered in wasps as I ate it… a terrifying experience, but I’m alive… i’ll stick to the clothes next time though xx

Thanks Carola,, it’s beautiful x

Mel, you would love it I promise xx

CeCe… you should… it’s a big canoe until it’s about to capsize into the murky brown water… then you really wish you were James Bond x

Elee babe, you made her fucking day saying that lol xx

Fidel, Thanks for your lovely comment!! You should definately do it in December, I can’t wait to hear about it, I’m sure it’ll be a lot smoother than my experience x


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