If you’re an expat living in Thailand and haven’t experienced the vibrant energy of Amphawa Floating Market yet, you’re in for a treat. Nestled by the canal near Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram, this hidden gem is a bustling afternoon market that transforms the serene waters into a lively hub of flavors, colors, and cultural delights every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The heart of Amphawa beats with the rhythm of boats laden with culinary treasures. From the tantalizing aroma of fried sea mussels to the comforting slurp of noodles, and the rich brew of O-liang (iced black coffee), your taste buds are in for a delightful journey. Sweet treats add a touch of sweetness to the air, creating an irresistible atmosphere for food enthusiasts.
- Opening Days: Friday-Sunday
- Opening Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Amphawa Floating Market, one of Thailand’s oldest and most beloved markets, beckons you with its rich history and vibrant atmosphere. Just a short drive from Bangkok, it has become a weekend haven for locals and tourists alike. The market offers not just a feast for the taste buds but also a visual spectacle along the Amphawa Canal. Seafood, Thai desserts, and unique souvenirs are ready to be explored and purchased.
Beyond the Market
Amphawa has more to offer than just its market. Explore nearby attractions like King Buddhalertla Naphalai Memorial Park, a living testament to Thailand’s early 19th-century charm. Wat Bang Kung, with its golden Buddha, is a serene temple that narrates untold stories, while The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral stands as a stunning example of Gothic architecture.
Scenic Boat Tours and Firefly Magic
As the sun sets, consider a boat tour along Amphawa Canal to witness the local way of life and breathtaking views. For a magical night scene, arrange a boat trip to see fireflies dance in the cork trees—a perfect way to cap off your day.
- King Buddhalertla Naphalai Memorial Park
- Wat Bang Kung
- The Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral
- Tha Kha Floating Market
- Bang Noi Floating Market
- By Car: Take Rama II road to Highway 35, then follow Highway 325 to King Buddhalertla Naphalai Memorial Park.
- By Bus: Hop on the Bangkok-Damnoen Saduak bus, and you’ll be on your way to the Amphawa Floating Market.
Amid the joyous chaos, Amphawa ensures your safety with sanitization regulations
- Alcohol gel and handwashing stations are readily available.
- Utilize the Thai-Chana application for check-ins and check-outs.
- Don’t forget your facial mask—mandatory for everyone, tourists, and staff alike.
Embark on a weekend adventure to Amphawa Floating Market—where culture, cuisine, and charm blend seamlessly along the tranquil waters of Samut Songkhram.