Thai Culture and Heritage from the four regions of Thailand
Pattaya Floating Market (ta-laat naam Pattaya)was opened to the public in November 2008. The area of Pattaya’s latest attraction, which is situated on almost 100.000 square meters, is divided into 4 separate parts, each with its own unique location, represents the four regions of Thailand : Northern , Central, North-Eastern and Southern region and offering a special blend of differing traditions. More than 80 paddle boats are on standby to ferry visitors around the compound along many Thai style teak wood buildings, linked by a network of canals, bridges and a number of different sized islands with exotic plants and trees.The boat trip will slowly expose the richness of the surrounding architectural and cultural river side living. Water vendors moving with their paddle boats from dock to dock and offering their unique range of freshly cooked delicious dishes.
Pattaya Floating Market provides daily several cultural performances,native to the four regions of the country, like Thai classical dance, martial art demonstrations,as well as water boxing, where the fighters perform on a horizontal pole above the canal. Painters do show their artificial work, like umbrella and portrait painting.Pattaya Floating Market will provide shortly Amphibian-boat rides, an agricultural rice field demonstration and authentic House-boats for home stay.More than110 boutique-shops presenting wooden hand carvings, silks and cloth weaving, special Thai herbs, many OTOP products and other native items from all over Thailand.The Nueng Siam Woodcarving Museum has on display rare pieces of crafted 200 years old teak and is home for the impressive and beautiful carved image of the elephant god Ganesha.
Pattaya Floating Market, the biggest floating market in the world, is located on the outskirts of Pattaya on Sukhumvit Road, on the way to Bang Saray and Sattahip. Easy access from Bangkok by Tour Service, Publi bus, taxi or coach.