Floating markets in Thailand: same, same, but different

C. Pongajarn, V.R. van der Duim*, K.B.M. Peters

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In the last 60 years floating markets in Thailand, traditionally serving as central places for trade and exchange of agricultural products, have disappeared, were displaced or reappeared as tourism destinations. By making use of insights from actor-network theory, this study shows how floating markets in Thailand reorganize people, canals, boats, homes, fruits, vegetables and souvenirs in certain and multiple ways. Our comparison of five floating markets (Damnernsaduak, Thaka, Amphawa, Bang Namphueng and Pattaya) illustrates that floating markets in Thailand differ in terms of actors, buyers and vendors, products and objects, time and space. They sustained over time because they were able to adapt to new circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-122
JournalJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Issue number2
Early online date7 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • actor-network theory
  • Floating market
  • Thailand
  • tourism destination development


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