Pattaya Floating Market is located to the
south of Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road. If driving you can get to
it by travelling south on Sukhumvit Road past both Thepprasit
and Chaiaphruk Roads. Look for the signs for the floating
market which you can't miss. Alternatively get a baht bus or
ever motorbike taxi. If driving you can park at the front of
the markets or at the rear.
Pattaya Floating Market has been developed
on the site of the Lake View Restaurant and it claims to the
largest floating market in the Eastern Region. It covers an
area of 100,000sqm.
The aim of the market is to capture the old
way of Thai life. The constructions are made of teak. Items and
food are available from the four regions of Thailand. The area
is divided into four areas reflecting the represent four region
of Thailand, namely North, Central, North Eastern and Southern.
Many of the shops sell art and craft items.
Other than shopping and eating there are
other activities. Boats are available for rent to get a
slightly different view of the development. Dancing shows and
demonstrations are performed.
The use of the words 'floating market' is a
bit of a misnomer. Yes, there are boats from which you can buy
food. However, most of the shopping is found on platforms
constructed over the lake. That said the place is worth a visit
if you have spare time.
The first photograph shows one of the boats
from which food is sold from.
The photo below shows one of the platforms
on which the shops selling Thai items are built.
There are quite a few water features built
on the lake. Some of these illustrate Thai rural life.
Again more boats selling food. The food and
drinks at the markets is reasonably priced. You can even get a
one hour foot massage for 150 Baht.
The day these photos were taken was during
the working week. Despite the photograph below indicating
otherwise it was fairly busy. I suspect it would be a lot
busier on weekends. For more information on Pattaya Floating
Market you may like to check out their website: Pattaya Floating Market.