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Pattaya Floating Market: A Unique Thai Shopping Experience

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Street markets are always entertaining to visit. They are always the ideal combination of everyday items, delectable street food, and a fun place to be. But occasionally, things might become confusing, and we might get lost in that jumble. For this reason, we advise visiting the floating market in Thailand. Like all other civilizations, Thailand's culture began on the banks of rivers. Floating markets can be found all over Thailand as a way to preserve that traditional culture and recreate that trading style. One of the top places to visit in Pattaya is the floating market, also known as the Four Regions Market. Established in 2008, the four-region market is also the largest man-made floating market in Thailand. The Pattaya tour package will cover the Pattaya floating market tour, offering a unique and immersive experience for visitors.

The best Time to Visit Pattaya Floating Market

The dry phase of November to March is usually recommended for visiting the place. The cool and dry winters will allow us to escape from the scorching summer heat and help us cover more ground. The market remains open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is also advised to visit this market early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

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Things to do in Pattaya Floating Market

Explore the local foods

Thailand is renowned for its delectable local cuisine and street food. However, because each region in Thailand is distinct in its own right, covering every location would be a herculean task. We have all of the traditional Thai dishes in one location at this floating market in Pattaya to make things simple. Examples of regionally specific foods available here include Southern Thai papaya salad, Northern Thai Khao Soi Curry, and Central Thai Tom Yum Gung. These foods can be purchased from a stall or a boat. Along with more common dishes like fish, curry, and soups, you could also try more unusual options like skewered crocodile meat. 

Enjoy cultural shows

There are numerous cultural performances taking place inside the floating market to keep the tourists entertained. Some of them feature live drama, dance performances, and music. Additionally, you'll witness the muay talay, an unusual boxing match that takes place on a pole over the water. Most of these shows are free and covered in the entry ticket, so even if you don’t buy souvenirs, you could still enjoy these shows.

Boat Riding

Getting on the boat, paddling inside the market, and interacting with local vendors while wearing the hat give us the impression that we are in the distant past. Therefore, it is suggested that you choose to travel between these locations by boat rather than by bridge. Additionally, items could be purchased directly from the boat.

These are some of the best things to do in Pattaya!

How to reach Pattaya Floating Market

An easier option to reach here is by hiring a private vehicle or cab from central Pattaya. One could also make use of the bus services, which are a cheaper alternative.

Things to do near Pattaya Floating Market

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Pattaya Park Tower

The Pattaya Park Tower, which is close to Jomtien Beach, is renowned for the picturesque views of the Gulf of Thailand that it provides. From the top, one could see all of Jomtien Beach and Pattaya Town. It also asserts that it is Pattaya's first-highest tower. Apart from the breathtaking view from the top, this place also has adventure rides, water parks, and restaurants within its premises.


The Dolphinarium in Pattaya is just 20 minutes' drive from the floating market. There you would be seeing the clever and cute dolphins displaying their tricks like going through the loop and playing the ball and so on. You are also allowed to take photos with the dolphins close by. Overall, this is an entertaining place to spend time with your family and kids in Pattaya.

Ripley’s Believe it or not

Ripley Believe it or not, is one of the most famous adventure parks of Ripley entertainment. The park in Pattaya is one of the 10 sites that are present all over the world. This museum is one of the best places to visit in Pattaya with your family. You could, for example, enter the illusion maze, stroll through the museum to see interesting artifacts, experience the thrill of the haunted house, and finally be astounded by the wax figures of famous people.

Nong Nooch Garden

 Would you believe that a private property that was once purchased for fruit plantations is now one of the most beautiful places to visit in Thailand? Nong Nooch Garden is home to a lovely garden as well as a restaurant and a small zoo, and it also hosts cultural events. It only takes 20 minutes to drive from the floating market to this location.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It generally takes 5 to 6 hours to cover the entire market. You could stay for extra time and see the events happening inside.

No, most of the shows are usually free.

The market was built by a Thai businessman, Warida Sae-Eung.

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