Tuesday, February 23, 2010

taling chan : ตลิ่งชัน

in all the times i've been to bangkok i hadn't experienced a floating market.
after a quick read-up about the various floating markets dotted in and around bangkok we decided to venture out to the old district of taling chan (ตลิ่งชัน) which is pretty local and not infested with sunburnt tourists.

the taling chan market was established in honor of the king's 60th so quite fitting as we were here to celebrate my dad's 60th. the first half of this market is on dry land with the other half of it floating on the khlong chak phra canal.

the walk down the narrow road leading to the floating section of the market was amazing. lots of colorful exotic fruits and vegetables alongside local snacks being dished up on the spot for the eager local thai shoppers.

as we neared the canal our senses were bombarded with amazing mouth-watering smells of fresh fish stuffed with lemon-grass, tiger prawns being cooked over open charcoal burners, and the sound of fried-rice stirred in huge woks.
i think local markets like this taling chan market are the best way to see local food at its best; in it's simplest no-fuss form.


Make it Easy said...

great photos!
i would love to go to thailand still...i am part Thai and yearn to connect with that side of my culture!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Make it Easy
thanks for the compliment!
thailand's a wonderful country, with very friendly people. i especially love the areas away from the cities.
is saying that though, i would love to visit hawaii one day too!

pascale said...

Yes great photos indeed!
I am going to the floating market for sure now when I visit Thailand next :D

Is it the trend? so many people just love Thailand :D and count me in! haha

world of sekimachihato said...

* pascale
i've only been to this one so i'm a bit bias but i think it's a great one to see how the locals live and shop for their produce. it's only 30 minutes or so out of the city so not too tricky to get to.

trend? i'm not sure but it's easy to get hooked on thailand. lovely people and great food is always a good start!

Celine said...

I love markets, but a FLOATING one??? It would have made my trip! everything on their tables look so tropical to me! So different than here in Canada, where we just had a light dusting of snow last night.

can't wait till summer!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Celine
a floating market makes it just that little bit more exciting!
every time a boat went past down the river all the stalls would bob up and down in the wake.

while you are dreaming of summer i'm sure many people in thailand are dreaming of snow!

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