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Amphawa

อัมพวา
Central Thailand
78 km from Bangkok
Province of Samut Songkhram
Population :

Budget

Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum

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General Information about Amphawa

The floating market of Amphawa takes place from Friday to Sunday and starts at 12:00 but it's really at the end of the afternoon that it starts to become alive. It is especially an interesting market by night. Then he takes all its charm with the illuminated wooden shops along the canal.
The boats present are mostly small kitchens of restaurants on the water and offer Pad Thai, grilled shrimp, fried rice and other dishes. The real market is more land in the street perpendicular to the main canal. In the shops on both sides, you can also go shopping and buy souvenirs, clothes, paintings ect .. or ask at a bar or restaurant. The market can be visited by feet, no need to take a boat tour, the shopping take place on land or in the numerous shops. And if you want to take a boat, wait for the night fireflies vist ( also called fai flies by some Thai ). The tour lasts one hour and costs 60 THB.
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Weather & climate in Amphawa

Amphawa has a tropical savanna climate. There are three seasons: the warm season, the rainy season and the cold season, although the temperatures remain quite high. The rainy season begins with the arrival of the south-west monsoon in mid-May. September is the most raining month of the year. The rainy season lasts until October, when the dry, cool northeast monsoon takes over until February.

The best moment to go to Amphawa is in November, December, January and February. The least favorable months, due to the monsoon, are from June to September until mid-October. September is the month when it rains the most, there can be some flash floods in some parts of the city.

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Hotels & guesthouses in Amphawa

We advice you you to sleep in Amphawa, ideally on channel where the floating market takes place. There are several very nice homestays at the ebd of the channel. We identified the homestays in the area and list them here. Not only in Amphawa but also homestays in Bang Kongthi not far from Amphawa. It is better to stay on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The other days of the week, the Amphawa floating market does not take place. In addition to the homestays, you will of course find hotels more or less distant from the market channel.

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Practical information about Amphawa

At the end of the main channel, there are many homestays possibilities whose prices vary are usually around 1500 - 2500 THB per night. Probably the best plan for those who want to sleep in the area and not go back to Bangkok wuithin the day. There are alos there are other accommodations with different class bungalows or rooms at the edge of the water whether in Amphawa or Bang Khonthi.
To go to Amphawa, there are buses leaving every 30 minutes from Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal in Bangkok ( bus 78 - 60 THB). Minivans also offer to take you there from the Victory Monument place.

How to get around in Amphawa ?

Once you're in Amphawa, you can browse the market and its surroundings by walking. On the market channel, it will be easy to find a boat to take you for a ride. Some offer tours for around 60-100 THB per person or you can hire one boat for you only. To go to other floating markets, you will have to find a taxi (do not expect it puts the meter) or a tuk-tuk. For that, ask your accommodation or go more to the car park at the beginning of the floating market channel. It is also at its entrance that you will find the songthaews going to Samut Songkram. Tuk-tuks are more numerous on market days.

How to ask in Thai to go to Amphawa ?

I want to go to Amphawa / Yak paï ti Amphawa.
Where is Amphawa ? / Amphawa you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Amphawa

Amphawa Floating Market Amphawa

Amphawa Floating Market

ตลาดน้ำอัมพวา
Our opinion :
It is the main reason why visitors here come from Bangkok. It takes place from Friday to Sunday at noon and is particularly interesting to see at night. At night is also the famous fireflies visit.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Amphawa

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

ตลาดน้ำดำเนินสะดวก
Our opinion :
Probably the most famous and visited floating markets, it is still nice to see ,early in the morning especially
Mae Klong Railway Market Amphawa

Mae Klong Railway Market

ตลาดรถไฟ
Our opinion :
, Mae Klong is also named Samut Songkhram. The vendors fold the stalls back at each pass of the train.
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