The concept of floating market was born during the era in which water transportation was still vital, predominantly in Southeast Asia. Such markets can still be found in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Burma.
Today, many of these markets are tourist attractions. Here are 15 floating markets around the world that will make you yearn for such a place in your neighborhood instead of the classic grocery store you go to every day.
Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi, Thailand
Damnoen Saduak is one of the most famous floating markets and is characterized as a vibrant and loud place, as most markets, except this one is on the water.
The floating market at Dal Lake in Srinagar, India
This market focuses on selling vegetables rather than fruits.
Vendors at a floating market in the Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands are located east of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia and is a place where life has a different meaning.
A floating market in the distance at Myanmar’s Inle Lake
This market is a five-day rotating event, which means that it moves to a different area each day. Moreover, this floating market tends to cater towards tourists.
A vendor waits for his clients patiently at one of Bangkok’s floating markets
Besides raw fruits and vegetables, in Thailand’s floating markets are also sold hot soups and cooked foods.
Maneuvering traffic at the Damnoen Saduak floating market
Damnoen Saduak floating market includes three markets: Ton Khem (most popular with tourists), Hia Kui and Khun Phitak.
Daily business dealings at Dal Lake in Srinagar
The vendors at Dal Lake use their shikara (wooden boats) to converge in the middle of the market to talk business and make small talk.
Floating one-woman restaurant in Ratchaburi, Thailand
Women are experts in paddling their boats. Few men can overpass them.
Fruit piled high at Damnoen Saduak floating market
Khlong Damnoen Saduak is the canal that hosts the floating markets and was built to link the Tha Chin and Mae Klong Rivers.
A vendor preparing his merchandise at Bangkok’s Taling Chan floating market
This floating market is located 12 km from Bangkok and is much smaller and less crowded than Damnoen Saduak, which makes it more enjoyable for travelers.
Break time at Dal Lake’s floating market
This market is the only one of its kind in India. The vegetables sold here are grown in the shallow, drier regions of the lake.
A wholesale vendor at Cai Rang’s floating market in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
This floating market is one of the largest in the Mekong Delta and fruits and vegetables are sold wholesale.
Many tourists interacting at Damnoen Saduak
Many fruits and vegetables, such as mangoes, bananas, coconuts, Malacca grapes, Chinese fruits, which are sold in this market, are typically grown just off the banks of the canals.
Floating market in the Solomon Islands
The small boats floating on the waters of these Melanesian islands are really a sight to see.
Vendor at Damnoen Saduak awaits customers
This 100-year-old market is clogged with tourists every day.