The Amphawa floating market is located about 80km south-west from Bangkok. Being an afternoon market (you should be there not before 2pm), it can be easily combined with the Damnoen Saduak floating market (much more touristic!) or the Maeklong Train market during a day-trip from Bangkok.
The Amphawa floating market with old wooden houses and shopfronts is a cosy, lovely and charming place and I felt in love with it! Therefore, if you are expecting a real “floating market experience” you may be disappointed. Indeed, the canal-side way of life in Amphawa takes place along the waterfront walkways of Amphawa Canal, a small tributary of the Mae Khlong River. So you won’t have to jump on a boat to be at the heart of the market.
Therefore, I highly recommand you to take a long-tail boat tour that will show you 5 temples around the market. Cost is 60 bahts and it takes about 1h30. The main attraction of this tour is the Wat Bang Koong, the temple inside the tree. This temple, unlike the previous ones you will see, is located 100 meters away from the khlong (canal). Stop first to the small zoo (perfect if you are coming with childen) and then keep continuing until the small temple. It is impressive!
The Ampawha market takes place everyday but gets crowded on weekends as it is a popular place for Thai people. Opening hours are from 12pm to 9pm. Therefore, I would recommand you to come only at 3 or 4 pm. After shopping along the main canal, have dinner there at “a restaurant-boat”! That is the floating experience! Great seafood is offered but you will be able to find as well Pad Thai and other tourists well-known thai dishes!
If you are willing to visit more floating markets, here are the ones that you should also visit. I will try to visit more of them soon and feature it in this blog. They can all be a day-trip from Bangkok.
- Damnoen Saduak: the most popular one among tourists (you should so come early in the morning to visit it)
- Taling Chan: actually located in Bangkok, it offers a great choice of seafood
- Tha Kha: Small and authentic located not so far away from Amphawa and Maeklong Train market
- Bang Nam Pheung: Made for Thai tourits
- Khlong Lat Mayon: Small and authentic (really good from what I read)
So as you can see, Bangkok surroundings don’t lack from floating markets! Now you know what to do next week ends!
How to get there?
One of the cheapest and most convenient option is to take a minivan from Victory Monument next to the Century Movie Plaza (BTS exit number 4). The cost is only 80 Bahts and it will take you approximately 1h30/2h. You can also hire a taxi.