Amphawa Floating Market, Amphawa

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Purchase mouthwatering grilled seafood from vendors bobbing up and down in traditional wooden boats at Amphawa Floating Market. Various restaurants and shops cluster around the market, offering sweets, snacks, and diverse local Thai foods and dishes. Though primarily a food market, vendors also sell souvenirs. Once you've had your fill of delicious food, hop on a long-tail boat to explore the surrounding canals and rivers. The market's popularity with locals makes it very crowded from lunchtime onward. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Amphawa Floating Market by using our Amphawa trip planner .
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  • This is a very accessible location. Do not have to go on paid tours as the distance from Bangkok is around 2 hours by mini van at Mo Chi (southern bus terminal) which cost around 90 Baht per pax. What...  more »
  • We visited the floating market during a 2 day stay at Baan Siriporn Resort (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE WAY!) in Samut Songkhram. The floating market was meant to be closed as it was a Tuesday but lucky...  more »
  • This water market and Taiwan's night market to fight, is I went to the four water market, the most delicious food, and the sea is very fresh, super delicious. Not only is there a lot of food, but if you want to buy clothes, bags, souvenir items, postcards, snacks, you can find them all, and it's not worth the money. Although there are many people, but the line planning is good, the more special is that there is a night boat to watch the activities of the insects, there is really see the insects oh (not because of the season's relationship, not see a lot). If you just plan to visit one, two water listings, this is the first place in my heart (because I love to eat).
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  • Depending on traffic conditions the market is two hours drive from Bangkok. It is worth seeing and walking through the market street. Fom the bridge you ll get a view on the restaurants along the river and the boats selling food. A very pleasant experience full of scent and colors. You can easily combine this visit with a boat ride through the mangroves. Recommended.
  • It looks great from the photo but it wasn't for real. The boat ride and the prices of items they sell are ridiculously high. It can also get pretty crowded in some areas. At one intersection, a boat didn't slow down as it approached ours. River water splashed into my sister's side, which is gross. What a rude boat driver. He saw that we have kids onboard too. Most of the restaurants open late in the afternoon. There is not much to see and eat. The only thing we liked over there is the massage service. 150 Baht for an hour massage is a great deal and it was really relaxing.
  • One of my favorite day trips out of Bangkok. While Amphawa is a town driven by tourism, it is authentic Thailand, not some sort of 'Disneyland' built to entertain foreigners. The taskwood houses that line the river show a part of Thailand rarely seen in Bangkok It gets very crowded between 4pm and 8pm. If you can arrive between noon and 3pm, the visit may be more relaxing. Amphawa is known for its night time boat trips to see fireflies, but the river market town alone is worth the trip
  • Good view, good weekend market, good restaurant. There are many street vendors selling local food, cloths and souvenir. But also some restaurant selling thaifoods, beer with live band. Only around 1hr traffic from Bangkok. The best place in this Thai trip.
  • One of the very best floating market around. Be sure to try out the fresh seafood and coconut ice cream. If you are a tourist, try not to stay late than 8PM, there is a bus stop nearby bringing you back to Bangkok and the last trip is around 8. Do check out the Maeklong Railway Market as well if you reached early.

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Where to stay in Amphawa

The small canalside village of Amphawa has a number of guesthouses in quaint, wooden buildings, and some hotels and resorts. As it gradually develops, new midrange accommodations pop up here and there. Consider arranging your stay in Amphawa for weekdays, as you'll likely be one of the only tourists here--lower room prices and lots of availability mean it's easy to book on the fly. Be aware that the weekends bring in a lot of tourism; prices will be inflated, and many places fully booked, so reserve ahead.
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