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Amphawa floating market at night

Amphawa floating market at night

People are always asking me about the main difference between the Amphawa floating market and the much larger one at Damnoen Saduak.  It’s simple to answer.  The Amphawa floating market is an evening floating market whereas the larger one is a morning floating market.

Food from a boat or ...

Food from a boat or ...

The Amphawa floating market doesn’t begin to wind up until around 300pm and is well in motion around 600pm.  The main activity is eating and most people will wander the two sides of the klong, looking for food to eat.  Of course, there are the requisite souvenir shops, but the main emphasis is food, food food.

Or food on land.

Or food on land.

There are also plenty of places to stay on or near the floating market.  I happen to like staying on the klong because once you’re there, you don’t have to think about transportation.  And if you pick the right place, you can people watch to your heart’s delight.

When the sun sets, the atmosphere changes

When the sun sets, the atmosphere changes

Once the sun sets, the atmosphere changes.  Although very congested, the energy and the raucous commotion changes to a more subdued, although still overpopulated, ambience.  You roam around looking for something to eat, then you settle in on the boardwalk and enjoy the company of your friends.

An inn, known as a "homestay", in Thailand

An inn, known as a "homestay", in Thailand

As the night gets late, the atmosphere changes to one of peace and quiet.  It’s at this time, I like to wander the market and photograph.  especially lights.  All kinds of lights.

Late at night

Late at night

In the morning, you can rise early and watch the monk’s make their rounds, some in boats while others walk the klong.  The early morning is very quiet, except for the occasional dog or rooster.  But peace is more than the lack of sound.  It’s a lack of noise in your life.

A monk's early morning visit

A monk's early morning visit

And then the sun rises and another day begins.

And the day begins

And the day begins

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Written by leolaksi

February 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

8 Responses

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  1. Amazing how different the world you are describing is to my world. I’d love to visit here some day. It strangely reminds me of the 6th element, where a guy in a flying boat sold street food. Great photography!

    myphotoscout

    February 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  2. You should make an effort to come out. It will probably change the way you look at things (as it did me) and besides, different subjects to shoot. Leo

    leolaksi

    February 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  3. If you like to have some adventure before visiting Amphawa floating market, you can travel there from Bangkok by train, ferry and bus. I have documented this trip in my blog.

    marhas

    June 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    • thanks. read your posting. interesting alternate trip to Amphawa. and lots to see. Leo

      leolaksi

      June 14, 2009 at 8:52 pm

  4. Can someone please tell me how to get there from Bangkok????

    James

    September 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    • do you need directions to travel by car etc?

      leolaksi

      September 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm

  5. I recently visited Amphawa but didn’t have the chance to spend the night there. That is a great idea, to eat everything, then not have to worry about getting back to Bangkok. I’m sure it is very peaceful at night and in the morning. Great pictures!

    Migration Mark

    May 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    • I recommend that you spend the night at Amphawa. Then you can arise early and watch the monks travel by boat with their bowls. quite beautiful.

      leolaksi

      May 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm


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