talaat nahm (ตลาดน้ำ)
Thai. ‘Water market’. A floating market where
people trade from boats. Two kinds of boats are typically used, i.e.
reua tae. These are found throughout the country and
on the Bangkok canals, such as
i.e. Khwan-Riam Floating Market (fig.),
Khlong Saen Saeb.
The floating market most visited
by foreign tourists is
Damnoen Saduak in the province
Less touristy are the floating markets
of Sai Noi in
Nonthaburi; Bang Phli
which besides a floating market is also home to
Phli Yai Nai
fig.), a temple related to the
Legend of the Five Floating Buddha Statues;
and those in
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.
Floating Market or Talaat Nahm Ayodhaya (ตลาดน้ำอโยธยา)
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
resulted in the publication of a postage stamp (fig.)
in that year. Also
talaat thong nahm.
See THEMATIC STREET LIGHT.