When you are in Thailand, you will find there are a lot of things to see and experience. The markets in Thailand are particularly interesting and vibrant; not only will you find foods of all kinds, but they are also places that resemble a social gathering. Each region in the country has its own special delicacies that differ from one town and village to the next.
Many people that have visited Thailand in the past feel that they would like to enjoy this diversity of foods and under a single roof; the Pattaya Floating Market offers just that. Here, you will find market life from all the regions in the country.
Floating market history
These markets have a very long history in the country. In ancient times, when the rivers and canals used to be the primary mode of transportation, the villages and cities across Thailand used to have floating markets. These were the places where local & travelling merchants would sell their fares from boats. It was common for them to paddle right up to people at the edge of the water, to sell them goods and foods.
Even today, in the 21st century, this is one tradition that is alive and ticking. Pattaya’s floating market has a number of cultural tidbits and aspects from the 4 main regions in Thailand – The North, The Northeast (Isaan), The South and the Central Plains. Each of these regions is very distinctive in its own way and they blend very beautifully together to form the current day Thailand.
From a historical standpoint, all these areas have gone through various changes and experiences, which have had a significant impact on the daily life and culture of the people living here.
The Pattaya Floating Market is the one place that very effectively captures some of these essences which is what makes the country so unique. Pattaya is included in the central region and this is the culture that’s more evident in this area. The Floating Market here has a vast variety of foods, cultural items and handicrafts. You will also find souvenirs and clothes, very similar to the ones found in other local markets in the region. There are tuk-tuks and taxis that can take you there.
What’s the best way to get around?
Most visitors rent a boat and then cruise all around the market. It’s a great way to take in the smells and sounds of this vibrant and colourful cultural place. The boats you ride in are called long-tailed boats and they are outfitted with quite a loud motor that’s fitted to a long pole. Despite the fact that they make a lot of noise, they are part and parcel of cruising along the meandering waterways in Thailand.
If you feel this mode of transport isn’t your cup of tea, you can choose a more comfortable method of experiencing this market at water level. You also have the option to walk around and look at the area in more detail. Regardless of the mode of transport you use to visit the Floating Market in Pattaya, you will find that is an interesting experience.
The amazing variety of products, clothes and foods etc that you will find here is sure to leave you enthralled. Even when you visit Pattaya for a corporate golf tour, there will be times when you would want to visit places of interest in and around the city; and the Floating Market in Pattaya is one place you can’t afford to give a miss.
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