A Day trip to Don Wai Floating Market written by Golfy The Journey

The History of Don Wai Floating Market Don Wai Floating Market was established over a hundred years ago. This Market is the old market since reign of ‘King Rama VI’ that Thai people call ‘King Vajiravudh’, there is a Thai style cottage or old style wooden house at the Bank of the Tha Chin river tha

A Day trip to Don Wai Floating Market

A Day trip to Don Wai Floating Market

 Friday, November 2, 2018 9:09 AM

The History of Don Wai Floating Market

Don Wai Floating Market was established over a hundred years ago. This Market is the old market since reign of ‘King Rama VI’ that Thai people call ‘King Vajiravudh’, there is a Thai style cottage or old style wooden house at the Bank of the Tha Chin river that still old style of living form the past.The History of Don Wai Floating Market

Don Wai Floating Market was established over a hundred years ago. This Market is the old market since reign of ‘King Rama VI’ that Thai people call ‘King Vajiravudh’, there is a Thai style cottage or old style wooden house at the Bank of the Tha Chin river that still old style of living form the past.This weekend,my friends and I decides to visit Wat Rai khing ,Wat Don Wai and Floating market. I want to outskirts from Bangkok city,but I don´t want to travel so far. The location of temple is only 30-40 KM from Bangkok where I can take a day off.

How to get there.

  • Bus no. 84 Wat Rai king - Klongsan ( BTS Wongwienyai)
  • Bus No.556 Wat Rai King - Sanamluang
  • Minivan Central Pinklao - Wat Rai King.

I take a bus no. 556 .Fare 23 Baht 1 hour to Wat Don Wai.

Bus No.84

Bus Schedule

Finally, I arrive at the temple.

History of Wat Rai khing.

Wat Rai Khing, a civilian monastery built in 1791, is located in Tambon Rai Khing, only 32 kilometers from Bangkok. It was named after the district by Somdej Phra Phuttha Chan (Pook). When the construction was completed, the Buddha image was brought from Wat Sala Poon and enshrined here, later the locals named the image “Luang Pho Wat Rai Khing”. According to legend, this Buddha image was found floating in the river, so the townspeople took it up and enshrined the image at Wat Sala Poon. The Buddha image features Chiang Saen style, assumed to be built by Lanna Thai and Lan Chang craftsmen. Prince Vachirayan Varoros granted temple the name “Wat Mongkon Chinda Ram” (with the words “Rai Khing” in parenthesis after the name) but the locals call the temple “Wat Mongkon Chinda Ram Rai Khing”, later it was shortened to “Wat Rai Khing”.

The temple is well known among Thais as devoted Buddhists frequently visit Wat Rai Khing to pay homage to the sacred Buddha image so every Saturdays and Sundays, food and fruits are sold in front of the temple.

It is also renowned for a natural fish sanctuary, a habitat of hundreds of thousands of Sawai fish (big catfish-like, freshwater fishes) where visitors can buy loafs of bread to feed them.

For History enthusiasts, there is a museum collecting and exhibits various kinds of artefacts including ancient bowls, mural paintings, and old books, all of which were donated by the townspeople.

Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm

Contact: Wat Rai KhingTambon Rai Khing, Amphoe Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom Tel. 66 34 311 384, 66 34 323 056

I need to pray to my lord buddha here.

Two of my friends learn how to do Thai´s buddhist ritual.

We take some photo at the name of temple.

The free park is for everybody.

It is time to feed fish.

we continue to the boat trip.

Ticket 60 bah round trip. 30 mins to Wat Doi wai temple / Floating Market.

They are excited to be on the boat trip.

The Tha Chin river has many regional names. After it splits from Chao Phraya river at Chai Nat, it is called Makham Thao River; while passing Suphan Buri it is the Suphan River; while passing Nakhon Pathom it becomes the Nakhon Chai Si river. Only near its mouth at Samut Sakhon does it become the Tha Chin River, named after the former name of Samut Sakhon. The name Tha Chin is the convention used in most scientific documents.

This is the life of the local people.

The small pier of Wat Don Wai temple.

History of Wat Doi Wai

Back to 1900s , the location of temple was full of Rattan palm which was called as the village. The principle temple is called ¨Lung Pho Wisahan¨ The attitude of subduing Mara,early Ratthanakosin 1700s.

The boat will pick-up and stop in this pier.

It is time to explore the market.

Don Wai Floating Market or Don Wai Market, one of our favorite markets in Thailand. The market is located behind Don Wai temple on the bank of the Tha Chin river which is also known as Nakhon Chai Si river, Bang Kratuek sub-district, Sam Pran district, Nakhon Pathom province. Don Wai Floating Market which is about 30 kilometers in the center of Bangkok.

The History of Don Wai Floating Market

Don Wai Floating Market was established over a hundred years ago. This Market is the old market since reign of ‘King Rama VI’ that Thai people call ‘King Vajiravudh’, there is a Thai style cottage or old style wooden house at the Bank of the Tha Chin river that still old style of living form the past.

Don Wai Floating Market is the center of many agricultural products, this place has a large variety of organic fruits and vegetables. There are also Thai desserts.

Open everydays - 07.00 -18.00

Thai desserts.

Don´t forget to make a merit or donation money before leaving the temple!


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