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Wat Bang Peng Tai, one of the co-hosts of Kwan Riam Floating Market - Bangkok's legendary floating markets once provided outlying farming communities opportunities to trade and mingle with each other and city folk. More and more modern floating markets are opening up in the Bangkok area, though in forms that better fit the times. These markets are increasingly popular with Thais, not so much for their retro feel, but as ever-expanding venues for more snacks and shopping. In fact it is rather misleading to even call them floating markets, as the few boats at these markets are mainly for cooking up noodles and other foods, served to diners onshore. Kwan Riam is a good example of the modern Thai market of this type. Riverine, yes, but you would not really call it a floating market. Spanning either bank of the San Saeb canal between Wat Bamphen Nuea, on one side, and Wat Bang Peng Tai, on the other the market is only open Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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Wat Bang Peng Tai, one of the co-hosts of Kwan Riam Floating Market -  Bangkok's legendary floating markets once provided outlying farming communities opportunities to trade and mingle with each other and city folk.  More and more modern floating markets are opening up in the Bangkok area, though in forms that better fit the times.  These markets are increasingly popular with Thais, not so much for their retro feel, but as ever-expanding venues for more snacks and shopping.  In fact it is rather misleading to even call them floating markets, as the few boats at these markets are mainly for cooking up noodles and other foods, served to diners onshore.  Kwan Riam is a good  example of the modern Thai market  of this type.  Riverine, yes, but you would not really call it a floating market.  Spanning either bank of the San Saeb canal between Wat Bamphen Nuea, on one side, and Wat Bang Peng Tai, on the other the market is only open Saturday and Sunday mornings.