One of the things I love most about living in Bangkok is that that there are so many fabulous things to do and see that there is no reason to every be bored. Even after living here for 18 months, I still feel like I have barely scratched the surface with day/weekend trips from Bangkok.
Amphawa has been on my to see list since I moved here, but I am yet to make it there.
Andrew is a freelance photographer who was born in Hong Kong and who is now currently making his way around SE Asia. Today, with his amazing photos, he will be your guide to Amphawa Market:
“Amphawa is one of the more popular Floating markets with locals looking for a weekend break from Bangkok. However it’s not as popular with tourists as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which is by far the most popular and most well known. One of the advantages of this is you will not have loads of tourists in all your photos. Amphawa market is only open on Friday – Sunday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., and starts to get busy around 3 p.m.
The markets main draw is the food, cooked on the boats moored to the river bank. Seafood is the meal of choice with fresh prawns, razor clams, crabs, squid and fish all grilled to order. The boats also offer all of your favourite Thai food and drinks at very low prices, such as Pad Thai for 25 baht or even a freshly made Papaya salad. Once you have ordered, grab a seat on one of the plastic stools in front of the boats that have been set up on the river bank, where you can enjoy the atmosphere. If you’re lucky you will have small bench like a table, however the most popular places can be packed and you may have to juggle holding your plate while you eat.
If you have already had your fill of the street food or are just looking for something else there are also more permanent restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the shop houses where you can grab a table and escape the crowds.
One of the other reason people head to Amphawa market is the desserts, coconut cakes, egg tarts, ice cream and a lot more. Don’t be surprised to see locals grasping plastic bags on the mini bus full of treats to take home with them.
The Floating market is either an hour and a half drive from Bangkok or a two hour minibus ride depending on the traffic. The mini buses can be found next to Century Mall and tickets can be bought for 80 baht at the ticket stalls in the same alley. The easiest way to get to the bus station is to take the Sky train to the Victory Monument station and take exit four. The buses are right at the bottom of the stairs. However be aware that the time written on the ticket is not a given but more of an estimation as the buses will not leave till they are fully booked. Remember they only sell a one way ticket so once you arrive make sure to buy your return ticket as the buses are usually full and you don’t want to get stranded with no way to get back. The bus station in Amphawa is right on the edge of the market, a two minute walk through the stalls in the surrounding streets and you are on the edge of the river.
Over the years the market has expanded outward with stalls and shops now set up in the alleyways and surrounding streets, selling everything from key chains and other souvenirs to goats milk with the goats actually in the shop. The floating market itself is a 800 meter stretch of the river lined with old wooden shop houses, over the years most of these have been converted into shops catering to the people at the market.”
Thanks Andrew, I am now longing to visit myself sooner rather than later after all the photos of yummy food!
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