The Tha Kha Floating Market
A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions, and are chiefly found in Thailand. There are many floating markets in Thailand and the Tha Kha floating market is a traditional one with a few tourists. Originally, the Tha Kha floating market used to sit only six or seven days a month depending on the phase of the moon. Now a day, the trade takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays too. The main buyers here are the local people of this market. People are familiar to one another very well. They were all busy buying and selling. The traditional and very popular food called ‘Pad Thai’, is sold, a kind of noodles with shrimps, tomato and some vegetables, with freshly roasted crushed peanut, in the market. The food was served in a bowl made from banana leaf. After Pad Thai, ‘Kanom Krok’ is another testy food. It is a coconut pancake which is very sweet. They do not understand English or any other language. The Tha Kha people are simple and easy going. They are very friendly and polite.