May 5, 2011

AMAZING THAILAND: Amphawa Floating Market

Unlike the floating market in DAMNOEN SADUAK where most of the activities take place in the morning, the Amphawa Floating Market comes to life during mid-day, so there’s no need to wake up on an ungodly hour.


Open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, this floating market in the province of Samut Songkhram doesn’t have too many boats and has lesser tacky and touristy over-priced souvenirs. What you will find here is a wide variety of sights, smell and taste that doesn’t only cater to tourists but locals as well, if anything, this market is predominantly Thai thus offer a more authentic marketing experience.

To get to the canals with floating boats, we had to pass by a strip of privately owned houses that doubles as restaurants, boutiques, shops and vendors selling t-shirts, key chains, ornaments, jewelry and anything and almost everything you can think of at Thai price.

Food stalls also line the way to the canal, some I couldn’t resist tasting and some – at the risk of sounding uncultured and unadventurous - wouldn’t dare put in my mouth.

HOW TO GET THERE: Samut Songkhran is just a 30 minute ride from Damneon Saduak Floating Market, you can arrange with your hired taxi to take you there before going back to Bangkok.  As we we're traveling with 2 more friends and will be coming from Bangkok, hiring a cab for the day was the best way to go for us. You can also take a bus at Victory Monument in Bangkok for 70baht.

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  1. Tasting food is very risky an worthwhile. If dont take the risk, you wouldnt exactly describe how it taste.:-). You cannot appreciate the risk if havnt tried.

  2. I know that trying some new exotic cuisine is part of the travel experience but still, I can't pop that fried crispy cockroach on my mouth. Care for a plate Bonzenti haha.

  3. Haha, tagal na nito actually kaya ubos na. Remind me on September, i'll bring you a plate of fried tarantula from Cambodia:-D


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