Khlong Suan Market – Situated on the banks of Prawetburirom Canal, this market overlaps two provinces, Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan. The traditional market dates back to the reign of King Rama V. More than 100 years old, it retains the quaint charm of Thailand’s old days. Visitors will enjoy the traditional market atmosphere while enjoying a great variety of tasty food. In the past, the market was most conveniently accessible by boat. There was once only one passenger boat service from Chachoengsao to Bangkok, serviced by Nai Loet. The boat picked up passengers at Chachoengsao, ran past Talat Khlong Suan, and eventually arrived at Pratu Nam Pier in Bangkok.
The market continues to be an important community centre, transit point for commuters, and cargo port. More importantly, it exemplifies the intermingling of Thai, Chinese and Muslim residents who live peacefully together. Evidence of this can be seen in the architecture of its temples and mosques, and a Chinese canteen offering free vegan food for people. Talat Khlong Suan has been awarded cultural attraction status by Thailand’s tourism authority, marking it as a location to experience the rich culture of a bygone era.
For further information, contact Tambon Thepparat Municipality, Amphoe Ban Pho, Chachoensao, at 0 3859 5633 or 0 3859 5716, or Tambon Khlong Suan Municipality, Amphoe Bang Bo, Samut Prahan, at 0 2739 3253, 0 2739 3329 or 0 2704 1273.
How to get there:
To get there from Bangkok, take Motorway Expressway and follow the signs for “100 Year Old Khlong Suan Market”, or take On Nut – Chachoengsao Road, drive past Latkrabang Institute of Technology, and continue straight. Talat Khlong Suan will be on the left.