Klong Suan Market, is over 100 years old, and has been in existence since the rule of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V). In those days the Prawet Burirom Canal, which the market straddles, was used as the main transport route for people heading to Bangkok. The market became a favourite stopping point and trading place for almost anything you could imagine, even Opium at one time. With today’s Hypermarkets and online shopping, it is a refreshing sight to see this, what can only be described as, a living museum. Many of this type of market in Thailand have closed down, but the government saw the importance of this artefact and helped to preserve not only the buildings but the way of life too.
A Traditional Hairdresser at Klong Suan Market
Klong Suan Market
The canal is still much as it was many years ago.
Here you won’t find loads of tacky tourist souvenirs, but will be able to experience a market as it was 100 years ago. This market is still very popular with locals, and many visitors from Bangkok. Here you will find hardware (not the PC kind), traditional toys, clothes, fishing equipment, fresh fish and other seafood, vegetables, traditional coffee shops, hair dressers, But if you go, go early in the morning as it gets very busy later in the day and at weekends, and it gets very hot here too, no air-conditioned luxuries here.
Visiting this market is like going back in time, the buildings, the atmosphere and the surroundings are all reminiscent of the past.
If you want to experience the real Thailand Market, this is where you should be.