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Samut Songkhram floating market in the evening

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Approaching the Amphawa floating market from the river

Approaching the Amphawa floating market from the river

The floating markets about 75 kilometers southwest of Bangkok are a must see for visitors to Thailand.  Although they have become very touristy, they still show a glimpse of Thailand as it used to be.  The floating markets are centered around Samut Songkhram and nearby Ratchaburi.  The best known to foreign tourists is the Damnoen Saduak market in Ratchaburi.  However, I believe the best floating market is at Amphawa (Samut Songkhram), about 15km south (and closer to Bangkok).  This market is huge and caters to mainly Thai tourists.  When I was there, I only saw a handful of foreigners.

The best time to go is around sunset.  The place comes to life although the throngs of people can be overwhelming.  Some people travel to the floating market at Damnoen Saduak in the morning, then Amphawa early evening.

Twilight time

Twilight time

One can choose to eat from the boats or the numerous restaurants lining the market.  I would also recommend that you consider a stay at one of the small inns that blanket the area.  They are known as “home stay” in Thailand.   Basically they are inns (or bed and breakfasts).  And they are located on the water, both at the market or in the area.  They are reasonably priced.  The one I stayed at cost 1100 thb per night, including a simple breakfast.  Do your research on the “home stays”.  You will not be disappointed.

Grilled seafood

Grilled seafood

Evening stroll

Evening stroll

Watch out

Watch out
Red, white and blue

Red, white and blue


Written by leolaksi

October 20, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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  1. from your photos, i’d say there wasn’t much people. i’ve been there a few times and faced lots..lots of people. couldn’t have space to stand or even a walk. just let crowd flow me along the path.

    btw, for the record as i’ve been learnt the market only opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting from late afternoon till early evening.

    did you have photos of the home stay you visited?


    October 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm

  2. that’s good to know, that the market is only open on the weekends. it was very crowded but you can tell from the photos. we were there until about 730pm. still lots of people there. we went to see the fireflies by boat. that was great. will post home stay this week.


    October 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm

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