On the way from Bangsaray to Pattaya, just before you get to the Jomtien area, you encounter the Pattaya Floating Market. It is a small, cute village built on an artificial lake, and it duplicates the real floating market you can find in Damnoen Saduak near Bangkok. But that's were the similarities end. The slogan “The largest original Thai floating market" should be taken with a grain of salt. However, this project, which cost 350 million to build, is really worth a visit. There is no entry fee (not even for foreigners), and the prices are reasonable at the more than 100 neat little shops selling handicrafts, souvenirs, brass work, textile and numerous other small trinkets from the four regions of Thailand.
The jetties for the shops, which are housed in typical traditional Thai-style buildings, are all connected with bridged, and hence very accessible for pedestrians. Bistros and cafés offer a wide range of typical regional Thai dishes.
BR>Traditional Thai massages offer relaxation. Your can treat yourself to a facial, head or foot massage or even a cosmetic treatment with ointments made of herbs before enjoying the folkloristic shows from all regions of Thailand. Thai dance, Thai boxing, drummers or something that resembles a coconut shells dance. There is something for everybody!
A boat ride with a small boat for four people is usually 200 baht. But we heard whispers that Farang sometimes are charged 300 baht. As they say here: T.I.T. (This Is Thailand). However, it is worth it because the boat passes through the canal along islands with gorgeous vegetation, shops, and floating traders. During the trip there is short break at the banks of a second lake. Truly eye-catching are the small floating kitchens. With a lot of skill they navigate, cook, serve drinks, and offer snacks and small meals.
Thus ……. even if you have already visited the original Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak, the Pattaya Floating Market is worth a visit. The best time is probably late afternoon, when the temperatures are a bit lower. Or in the evening with the beautiful illumination and - on most days - a beautiful sunset.
Opening hours daily from 8.00 a.m. to 20.00 p.m.
Shops are open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.