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talaat nahm (ตลาดน้ำ)

Thai. ‘Water market’. A floating market where people trade from boats. Two kinds of boats are typically used, i.e. reua jaew and reua tae. These are found throughout the country and on the Bangkok canals, such as Talaat Nahm Khwan-Riam, i.e. Khwan-Riam Floating Market (fig.), on Khlong Saen Saeb. The floating market most visited  by foreign tourists is Damnoen Saduak in the province Ratchaburi. Less touristy is the floating market of Sai Noi in Nonthaburi and those in Samut Songkhram, including the daily talaat nahm ‘amphawaa’, and the talaat nahm ‘tha kha’ and talaat nahm ‘bang noi’, which open only a few times per month, on dates determined by the traditional lunar calendar. The Ayodhaya Floating Market or Talaat Nahm Ayodhaya (ตลาดน้ำอโยธยา) in Ayutthaya (fig.) is visited by mostly Thai tourists and on a regular basis the organizers put on a cultural show, both on land and in boats, featuring historical events from the Ayutthaya Period, with actors dressed as warriors (fig.). Floating markets were promoted during the campaign for the 1971 Visit ASEAN Year, which resulted in the publication of a postage stamp (fig.) in that year. Also talaat thong nahm.