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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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  • Here is not the biggest, the most famous floating market. Real water vendors rarely, but most cruise ships. Shop on the banks of nothing in particular, may be more local, young lovers and friends feel to the night market at the weekend. Not particularly recommended.
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  • Travelers and I went in a total of six. Makron market 2 pm, then amphawa 16 o'clock arrived at. By boat with one 50 parts, is cheaper, but it takes two hours and, with six Charter took around one hour at 500 parts. In the fashionable coffee shop along the way, everyone was satisfied. Next enjoy along with the fireflies at night. It was really good.
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  • Cook above the fold you can eat right away to give the market. Most of the other seafood skewer and fruit can be eaten as well. According to the river can do shopping and souvenirs shops.
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  • 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.
  • It's too difference from what I used to experience. Herd of visitors and tourist make the traffic jam, it's not a silence place anymore. But food is great and fresh
  • 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.

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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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