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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. Using our world travel planner, Amphawa attractions like Amphawa Floating Market can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's a good place to spend an afternoon. Food and drink prices reasonable. The fireflies boat trip at sunset is an absolute must!  more »
  • variety of thai cuisine under budget. quite touristy but there's a lot to do here. quite hot even in the rainy season.  more »
  • This market is located about 90 km away from Bangkok. I was visiting it with friends and we went by car. In weekend you ll get stuck by traffic jams. But if you are first time visiting thailand and wa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Really nice floating market. Okay, it's not really floating because it's a market built on land around a river, but I guess you can rent a boat and take a trip around (although I don't see the appeal). However, some of the food vendors are on boats, so you can sit (on dry land) facing the river and the vendor. They'll then cook for you which is a nice experience. I ate kind of late so they didn't have all of the choices available which was a bit annoying. I also discovered that some (if not all) the river boats had the same menu. The prices were also slightly inflated and the portions slightly small, but this is okay. When asking for a coke to come with my meal, I was surprised to have some children come over with a mug with ice and a coke bottle. They demanded 18 baht (3 baht for the ice, and 15 for the coke). It seems the drink was ordered from a different business than the river vendors. Only 4 stars because the restaurants and vendors would freely pollute the river with whatever (generally organic) waste they like, such as egg shells. There's not a huge amount of obvious motorbike parking but I'm sure the locals can find it easier than I can.
  • My girlfriend and i arrived here at around 4 30. We had a late start to the day. I pictured us renting a boat and being approached by boats wanting to sell us a wide variety of souvenirs and food. When we got there it was quite crowded which makes it virtually impossible to shop for anything at the stalls next to the canal. We found a tourist boat rental spot where we got charged 500 baht for a private boat for about an hour. We hopped in, he did a loop which was a unscenic boat ride around the area which lasted about 45 minutes. There was little to no options for food while on the boat except for a giant monk statue 3/4 of the way through. Not sure if this is because we arrived at 4:30 or what.
  • I have a lot of mixed emotions about this market. Initially we were expecting a lot since it is presented as an absolute must see in Bangkok, but first it's very far from Bangkok, costly to get there and not so spectacular as many markets inside Bangkok are. I would not recommend the boats in the market, they only take you to some not very interesting temples that all look alike. Food was great, shopping items: so- so. Wouldn't go again.
  • Chatuchak is a place for tourists. Prices are high. So if you want to shop, you should go to Ampawak, it is a place for local tourists. Though there are less floating venders, the prices are lower at Ampawak.