Return to the Amphawa floating market
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And then the sun rises and another day begins.