The Kha Floating Market is the perfect way to experience the ancient culture of Thai life. A market on the water surrounded by old traditional houses and green fields on either side tends to become a small community in itself. Selling Fresh Vegetables in Row Boats, Kha Floating Village is refreshing and charming for tourists. Thailand, especially Bangkok, is known for its floating markets.
In contrast, the Tha Kha floating market offers visitors a cheaper, tourist-friendly, and cleaner option. It’s local, quiet and smaller, making it perfect for those wanting to experience the authentic Thai nativity scene: Thai lifestyle, houses, green fields and farms. Despite the suburban location, the benefits of a visit far outweigh the logistical hassles of travel.
Tha Kha Floating Market Tours
A variety of tour options are available at Tha Kha Floating Market, including a canal cruise and rowing boat ride. Here you can visit the indigenous people of the Tha Kha and witness the production and tasting of fresh palm sugar. Some packages include visits to local people who produce coconut sugar, oil and honey.
Food at the Floating Market
You must taste and buy locally prepared sugar, oil and honey. Those who want to sample local delicacies will find a wide variety of foods at the Tha Kha floating market. Local old ladies, pad thai (fried noodles) traditionally served in a bowl of banana leaves, and kanom krok (coconut pancakes). Salt packets are also very popular! On typical days the shoppers are usually locals. As a result, the items are pretty cheap, and tourists still need to grace the place.
Things you should know before going.
Look out for grilled chicken skewers and fried oyster omelets, popular snacks at the floating markets. Coconut blossom sugar is a specialty of this region of Thailand and makes a great edible souvenir to take home. You will find a different selection of souvenirs found at other floating markets here. Save your souvenir purchases for another day.
Fried oyster omelet
Eating greasy fried oyster omelets goes great with floating markets. It’s like a hot dog at a sports game; they’re just a portion of natural food. I knew what to eat when I smelled the lard smoke coming off the boat. The aunt who sells fried oyster omelets sits on her craft and tosses the ingredients onto the hot griddle over a wood fire. What I like most about her is that when it came time to launch an egg, she cracked it open on the hot plate and then threw the eggshell in the trash in front of the boat. When I looked at it, I didn’t miss a single shell!
The fried oyster omelet contained a sticky batter, egg, bean sprouts, and a handful of fresh oysters.
Grilled chicken skewers
When we finished the oyster omelet, I smelled the chicken skewers being grilled down the river and was drawn to it. This is a Thai street food snack you can eat on any street in Bangkok, often with rice or even for breakfast.
Tha Kha Floating Market is a relaxing local floating market in Thailand’s Samut Songkhram province, about an hour’s drive from Bangkok. Fruits and products are sold in stalls along the canal or on boats. I enjoyed my visit to Tha Kha floating market of the food, the calm atmosphere and the very friendly vendors.