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    why floating market so famous?

    i never been to floating market in bangkok, some people said that it's a nice place some say no. so any idea why it's so famous?
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    its very picturesque, even when its crowded with tourists.

    some of the lesser known floating markets are even better, and if you approach the markets by boat through the canal systems that crisscross that area you will have, in my opinion, one of the best travel experiences on offer in thailand. especially if you are lucky enough to hire a boatman who knows the area well, and can take you for a couple of hours through orchards and waterside settlements that really are quite unique and beautiful.

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    ^ I agree with the above explanation.

    One must experience a long boat trip through the klongs of Bangkok and to end at the floating markets is quite a unique experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phabo
    why it's so famous?
    Guide books.

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    I totally agree with the suggestion to take a long boat ride through the klong system of Bangkok; you can see some fascinating architecture. It's one of my favorite things to do. But, hire a boat! Don't go with a group of tourists. In my opinion the floating market is crap; it is a sideshow for tourists. As said above, some of the lesser-known ones still retain some sense of actually being a working market, much like the touristy one used to be when I first went there 30+ years ago. Skip the tourist trap; but don't miss the boat ride!

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    Took my mum to the floating market recently when she was over, she really enjoyed the boat trip and quite enjoyed buying the tourist tat. I would say it's worth doing just don't expect much from the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    ^ I agree with the above explanation.

    One must experience a long boat trip through the klongs of Bangkok and to end at the floating markets is quite a unique experience.
    That sounds like a great day out LT and defanitly something I'd like to try, a facemask to avoid the dysentrery slpash backs might be a good idea though, I've heArd a few horror stories of people getting really sick from just a small drop water getting into their mouths

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    I've heArd a few horror stories of people getting really sick from just a small drop water getting into their mouths
    Must be Southerners.

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    Oh I don't think tgat dysetery thingy is fussy about who it takes out, but maybe if I smoked tabs, drank beer and was that fooking ard I'd have a better chance

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    You see the local kids swimming in the river and khlongs and they seem to be okay. I use the river on a very regular basis and often get splashes of water on my face and lips and have never been ill. Could just be lucky but.

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    Yes I know but the kids get antibdies from their mothers milk and pick up their other powers of immunitie along the way, I wouldn't risk it myself.
    Having said that I did swim every day in a small khlong in issan one year where all of the local went to wash and piss in the mornings and nothing got me there, but don't they pump raw sewerage into the rivers in Bankok?

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    I can think of more practical ways to do a weekly shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    but don't they pump raw sewerage into the rivers in Bankok?
    Yes they do, and you're right, you have to be careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    I can think of more practical ways to do a weekly shop.
    Send the missus

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    but don't they pump raw sewerage into the rivers in Bankok?
    Yes they do, and you're right, you have to be careful.
    I heard a nasty story on the box of a girl who was sick on and off for
    nearly a year with the dysentery after getting a splash back in the mouth on a Bangkok ferry, never want that to happen to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    but don't they pump raw sewerage into the rivers in Bankok?
    They also pump raw sewage into the 'Paradise Beach' locations where the rich and famous come to paddle..but tend to omit the 12 inch floaters from the brochure.

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    Amazing Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    Amazing Thailand
    ...where we use fecal matter as bouys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    Amazing Thailand
    ...where we use fecal matter as bouys.
    In our quest to turn Thailand into a world class beutique holiday destination, safe and moral and unspoilt by bad planning, shite infrastructure and no sanitation.

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    A floating market should be visited at least once. I have been a few times and always enjoyed myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    ...where we use fecal matter as bouys. In our quest to turn Thailand into a world class beutique holiday destination, safe and moral and unspoilt by bad planning and no infrastructure or sanitation.
    For example..we can have flooding and a drought in the same fucking day..we utilise nature to its fullest extent, hence the poo in the sea...just swim past, it doesn't bite..

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    ...where we use fecal matter as bouys. In our quest to turn Thailand into a world class beutique holiday destination, safe and moral and unspoilt by bad planning and no infrastructure or sanitation.
    For example..we can have flooding and a drought in the same fucking day..we utilise nature to its fullest extent, hence the poo in the sea...just swim past, it doesn't bite
    and is only a little soft and gooy to the touch, puke and shit your guts out for weeks on end from the shite covered finger of our local restuant staff and go home three stone lighter than when you arrived, better than any health spa...[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    better than any health spa...[/
    ..AND IT'S FREE..yes you heard it right, folks, we will turn your ring piece inside out totally congratis..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    but don't they pump raw sewerage into the rivers in Bankok?
    Yes they do, and you're right, you have to be careful.
    I heard a nasty story on the box of a girl who was sick on and off for
    nearly a year with the dysentery after getting a splash back in the mouth on a Bangkok ferry, never want that to happen to me.
    True the British drug smuggler Sandra Gregory , caught dysentery on the canal there , and blames it for the start of her downfall .

    there's a good canal boat service along the Klong east of democracy monument , goes real far east i used to go to Phetchaburi mrt on it , much faster than taxi etc .

    maybe floating market famous because of James Bond , The Man With The Golden Gun ,

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    I went to the floating market at Ampawa for Loy Krathong last year. Bets Loy Krathong I've ever had.

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