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Central Thailand
78 km from Bangkok
Province of Samut Songkhram

Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum


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.

Accommodations in Amphawa

I highly recommend you to sleep in Amphawa at least one night on the weekend, ideally on the floating market canal. There are several very nice homestays like my favorite Baan Rak at the end of the canal. But I have spotted others accommodations that you will find in the section ''Find room''. In Amphawa but also Bang Kongthi next door. Prefer to stay on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, on other days of the week, Amphawa floating market does not take place. Besides the homestays, you will of course also find hotels and guestouses more or less distant from the canal.

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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 come, there are regular vans from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (lines 78 or 996 - 70 THB). There are also minivans to Amphawa from Pinklao in Bangkok.

How to get around in Amphawa ?

Once you are in Amphawa, you can visit the market by walking. On the canal, it will be easy to find a boat tour. During the day, boat operator generally offer the 5 temples tour for 50 baht and in the evening the fireflies tour for 60 baht. But you can also hire a boat just for you and define a personalized program. To see the other floating markets around like Damnoen Saduak or Tha Kha, you will have to hire a taxi (do not expect he uses the meter), a motorcycle taxi or a tuk-tuk. Ask your hotel or go to the Amphawa floating market parking lot to find one. There is a motorcycle taxi station, just in front of the parking lot entrance. It is also there that you can catch the blue songthaews or buses number 333 which go to Mae Klong and its famous railway market (or Samut Songkhram, it is the other name of the city) in a way (10 THB) and the nearby floating market of Bang Noi (10 THB) in the other direction. By going on the nearby main road number 325, by walking or with blue songthaew or bus 333, you can also catch the blue songthaew 467 which can drop you at the beginning of the road leading to Damnoen Saduak floating market (20 minutes - 10 THB) . Tell the driver or other passengers that you are going to 'Damnoen' to be sure it stop at the right place. There will then be a 1.5 km walk to the floating market. But the best way to discover the floating markets in the area is to rent a tuk-tuk driver for the morning and do everything with him. It will be much more convenient !

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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

My 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

My opinion :
Probably the most famous and visited floating markets, it is still nice to see ,early in the morning especially

Mae Klong Railway Market

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

Amphawa community live museum

My opinion :
This small museum in the middle of Amphawa floating market is interesting because it hosts each weekend two amazing women who make bamboo hats or coconut palms hats and other objects in front of you. You can try too if you want.

Amphawa Chaipattananurak Foundation

โครงการอัมพวา ชัยพัฒนานุรักษ์
My opinion :
More than the foundation itself, whose work to revive and preserve the know-how and traditions of Amphawa local life is admirable, it is the land that it owns with a coconut grove that is an example to local farmers for ecoresponsible production and its small production unit of artisanal coconut sugar that worths to come.
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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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