2. Like a Local
Nang Loeng Market
The days when vendors would sell produce from wooden boats at Don Wai Floating Market are over, but it still has a prime riverfront location overlooking the Tha Chin (aka Tha Jeen) River. Don Wai is in the Nakhon Pathom province, about 30 kilometres west of Bangkok. To get there will take you around 40 (around 400 baht, or $20 AUD, in a metered taxi). Here you’ll find very few international tourists – Don Wai is truly a market for local shoppers. It can be roughly divided into a fresh produce section with neat rows of exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs; an area with snacks ranging from barbecued pork and duck tongues to coconut cakes and ice cream; and a narrow section towards the back with stalls offering everything from sun-dried razor clams to sea grapes (edible seaweed) with chilli sauce. Go hungry, take a shopping bag to pick up tropical fruit and Thai sweets, and don’t miss the duck noodle restaurant hanging over the river.
Soi Rai Khing, Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom