The World of Floating Markets

Something other than usual is always fascinating. While visiting a usual market near my home today, I wondered how exciting it would be to have a floating market. But Alas I live in a landlocked place however during my travels I had seen floating markets in Srinagar (Kashmir) and a usual one in Venice. And without a doubt the whole scene of buying and selling was quite enchanting. The thought of floating market gives me an opportunity to explore (through internet!!) some famous markets on water.

1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thailand

This busy market is a famous one in Thailand. Being a touristy market one can find lot of things in this market from groceries, exotic food, souvenirs etc. However buying from here would mean you’ll pay more than the markets on land.


2. Vinh Long, Vietnam

This market is located in the upper mekong delta region. It is interesting to read that this market is generally used to sell fruits with other commodities and it is not that expensive also. Tourists can have a great view of the CoChien river while having sea food and local vietnamese traditional music.


3. Nativitas, Xochimilco – South of Mexico City, Mexico

Nativitas is an authentic tourist object.Most people are using Spanish and you can get special price if you offer a good bargain with this language.  You can also find the local bands those entertain tourists.


4. Banjarmasin – Kalimantan

Banjarmasin is the capital of South Kalimantan, Indonesia. This active market has a taste of local. It is considered to be very authentic and away from tourist buzz.


5.  The Floating Market, Punda Side, Willemstad in Curacao

Punda side floating market is just mini boat fleets that come from Venezuela and are selling bunch of fresh fishes,herbs, spices and fruits at very nice bargain.


6. Dal Lake, Srinagar

Srinagar in the state of Kashmir in India is epitome of natural beauty. Or rather was. This market in the dal lake provides groceries, flowers, and other commodities to the residents living in the house boats on the lake.


13 thoughts on “The World of Floating Markets”

    1. Thanks for liking it 🙂 You should definitely keep a trip to Kashmir top on your list. I have been to so many places in India but nothing can beat Kashmir.

  1. Wondering why did you tag Venice in here? I have been there and I did not see any floating markets there. Only taxi boats and gondolas. No floating market in Venice .. right?

    1. Haha that’s why I mentioned a usual one in Venice. It’s not a “market” there but I saw randomly people selling groceries and flowers on gondola which was still charming to me!! If not a proper a market.

    1. Sorry I think I missed responding to your comment. Thanks for such lovely words, it’s very encouraging.

      Hope to see you around !!!

  2. I love all of these floating markets. I had been to Willemstad in Curacao but missed it. I must have been at a different area. I do remember the floating ferry that opened in the middle to let boats through. A pretty island it was … very colorful.
    Nice posts … thanks for the info.

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