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Amphawa Floating Market, Amphawa

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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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. Using our world travel planner, Amphawa attractions like Amphawa Floating Market can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a great market - obvious by the number of locals who come here. It's busy, vibrant, lots of interesting street food ... definitely the best floating market we visited. The minibus stop at Vict...  read more »
  • It was the first experience (boat ride tour) for my 3yrs old son. We took the public van from bkk city to Amphawa. Then we spent about 5hrs there by hiring a local tour guide along the river. It was f...  read more »
  • The less authentic, less tourist floating market around Bangkok. Nice local atmosphere, prices at reasonable rates, perfect local environment. 
  • Good fun. Cleaner than I expected for Thailand. Boats are pretty noisy. Prices are reasonable. I would recommend over the train line market. Minivan from Bangkok 80bhat from victory monument station. Takes 90 Min and very easy. Don't bother with taxi, private driver, bus or train.
  • The best way to get here from Bangkok, is to take a taxi. Most taxis will offer flat fares for the whole day to certain locations. In my case I paid THB1500 (US$40) though I am almost certain that you could get a much more favourable deal with other taxi drivers. The journey from Bangkok was just about 2 hours (or a bit more). As long as you have air conditioning in the car (which most of them should have), it really is quite a pleasant journey. Try to avoid being on the road between 9.30 and 10.30. You do get a bit of early rush hour, but after 9.30 it does start to get very busy and the roads get super super clogged up!!! On the way back, I recommend timing it so you do not arrive back around 6pm. That is the evening rush hour and if it’s bad (like on a Friday and it’s raining) it can be really really bad – as in not moving bad. The parking around the market area is quite limited so if you want to stop right by it, you might find it easier to be dropped off at the entrance, and have your driver park while you start looking around. You can buy food freshly cooked from the boats and sit by the water front. You actually sit on some very very narrow steps which I would never consider doing except that everyone seems to do it successfully without any hint of falling into the (brackish looking) water. THB50? For some scallops pretty much cooked to order so you can’t really get much fresher than that! Of course there are restaurants along the route. On the nearside are all the shops which gets really as jammed. The further you go towards the end, the less crowded it becomes (and the coconut ice cream is down that end :)) The Amphawa experience is not just limited to the floating market. With such a large community living and thriving in the area, there was always bound to be other experiences to be had here. And I think it’s kinda interesting that a lot of tourists come to Amphawa to visit the floating markets, but decide not to go to visit the temples. To get to the temples from the market you should take a boat. It is possible to be take a car/bus there, but why not add a Thai river boat to your list of methods of travel (though you might have tried one in Bangkok). You have a choice of taking a tour or hiring the whole boat to yourself. For the tour, it’s only THB50 (US$1.50). You will have to wait until the boat is more or less full up before it will start. If you are time conscious and/or money is less of an issue, it’s better to hire the whole boat. It’s the same boat as on the tour, but if there’s only two of you, you wait for no one. And at THB 500 (US$15) it really is a bargain. Both tour and private boats will take your to about 5 temples. And in fact, you dictate the pace. From what I could tell, even if you took ages in one temple, the driver wouldn’t skip a temple. Remember, waiting also means waiting at each of the temples. And yes, if you are on a tour, you are rather subject to the whims of your fellow travellers. Of course our boat was not the only one out there. There were indeed other tourists making the rounds! When they’re waiting for their charges, the drivers, take their boats out into the river so as to let other boats dock. At each jetty, there is usually someone there to hold the boat as you alight/board (usually because when I went on a market’s closed day there wasn’t always someone there). At one of the temples there is also a zoo; if that’s the best way to describe it. You can buy items to feed the animals from the monks near the entrance. For some reason I don’t have many photos. Just one piece of advice … don’t come here in the heat of the day… I think the word “fresh” might be appropriate. It really is impossible to get away from the smell, and I’m not sure how aggressively they clean the pens. Though, as you will see from the photos the pens are kept pretty clear.
  • More akin to a market by the river than the floating market that I remember from a long time ago. I guess times have changed. It can be quite hot and crowded in the alleyways so be prepared to sweat it out a little. To get here from Bangkok, I took a van from one of the transport company near Victory Monument BTS, 80THB per head one way. REALLY advisable to book return seat the moment you drop off at Amphawa.
  • It's a fairly large place to venture and sample local foods. New restaurants and eateries are being set up from time to time and these are fairly good for a chill out in the evening. Afternoon is packed with tourists but most of them would be gone by night fall where you will find more local visitors walking in the night market filled with stalls selling snacks and various stuff. Visitors could also take a boat ride to visit some local temples and sights. Night rides are popular for tourists who want to see fireflies along the river.
  • Its local Thai style. You can take the boat to see fireflies, but must watch out the time. If you take the mini van until 21:00, but weekend time must be early to check it's available? bty, too hot in Thai. Haha.
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