Many people have heard of the floating markets in Thailand when having Thailand Honeymoon Tour or holidays. There are at least 5 floating markets in Thailand. A very famous floating market is Amphawa Floating Market – where is the most near the center city Bangkok. Amphawa Floating Market is an afternoon Floating Market by the Canal near Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram (parking area is available). On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during 12.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m., the Amphawa Canal is occupied by vendors who pack their boats with food and drinks, such as fried Sea mussel, noodles, coffee, O-liang (iced black coffee), sweets, etc.Amphawa Floating Market is one of Thailand’s floating markets which is old and very popular among tourists.
How to get to the Amphawa Floating Market
Choices: Taxi, Minivan or a booked tour from Bangkok
Drive Time: nearly 2 hours
Ride a Bike
Cycling to Amphawa is an popular activity among tourists. At Amphawa Floating Market, “Thai Tib” station provide bike rental and free bike route maps, and you can see the life of local people. The cycling route is 10 kilometers away and marked with the navigation “Thai Tib”. On the way, you can visit the Thai Dessert Museum. Finally, Ridding the bicycle across the sling bridge at the Amphawa Floating Market and, enjoy the scenery at night.
Cruise the Mae Khlong By Longtail Boat
It is time to take a longtail boats and explore the surrounding canals and rivers. Although This experience is not as impressive as Bangkok Khlongs, but full of fun. After the market was overheated, the river’s light breeze was reassuring. Temple tours and island tours will be provided. The two usually cost 50 baht per person per trip and the private boat costs 500 baht per person. 50 baht seems cheap, but cruise tend to last longer because the boat has to wait until it is fully loaded before leaving. It also waits for all passengers at each stop.
Shopping and Snacking at Amphawa
Old charming wooden shops that along side of the canal sells Amphawa souvenirs, range from common T-shirts to something interesting. In the all of streets, you can find an incredible array of local food sold from a small carts during weekends only. And of course, a large amount of sweets and ice cream for your choice. Most dishes look familiar but some do look unusual or even funny, from ice cream sandwiches to alien-looking helmet crab egg salad (yum magda talay).
Seafood in Amphawa Floating Market
Seafood is very popular among tourists. Mainly eat seafood grilled on wooden boats moored around the Mekong. From noon to late night, the smell was almost irresistible, and customers flocked to the banks of the river all day. Wooden boats have prawns, shellfish, scallops, oysters, crabs, fish and squid. Sometimes, if tourists want to dine in a restaurant, you can walk a little over the bridge to find the restaurant. Even better, try to sit down on the balcony of the restaurant near the bridge, this is the only one, but you may need to wait a moment or act early.