Ayutthaya Floating Market

Strictly speaking, it is not really a floating market as the vendors set up their stalls on either side of wooden walkways directly over the water, which is just a large pond with an island in the middle. The market is very much a tourist attraction with plenty of Ayutthaya T-shirts, key chains trinkets and other cheap touristy souvenirs for sale, most of the visitors are Thai. Unfortunately, they seem to have taken to trying to charge foreigners 200B to enter the market which seems pretty steep. The plus side is that there is plenty of good, cheap Thai food on sale, such as noodle dishes, rice plates and Isaan food, which you can enjoy eating on decks beside the water. Other stalls provide Thai snack food and drink to go. The market is liveliest on weekends when you can watch cultural shows, including traditional Thai dances and Thai classical music performances. Besides the entry fee, another downside is some of the ‘elephant shows’ are not pretty for anybody who cares about the elephant’s welfare. They also offer dubious elephant rides around the nearby ruins to the south of Wat Maheyong. You should be able to avoid them if you wish. Entry: 200B Open: 10:00am to 9:00pm Address: 65/12 Moo 7, Phai Ling, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phranakhon Sri Ayutthaya. Getting Here: It is marked by signs off Route 3058, around 1km north of the Sam Pluem Chedi traffic circle in East Ayutthaya.

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