Archive for the 'Amphawa' Category

Nov 20 2012

Khai Bang Kung fort and banyan tree temple, Amphawa

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Seriously, there's a temple in there.

Over the centuries, Wat Khai Bang Kung‘s Ayutthaya-era ordination hall along the Mae Khlong river just north of Amphawa has been encased by the roots and branches of banyan trees. The temple grounds later doubled as a naval fort, the site of a fierce 18th century battle between Siam and invaders from Burma. Today, Khai … read the full post

Nov 16 2012

Photo essay: Life in Amphawa

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Late afternoon bicycle ride.

Although it’s just over 70 kilometres from Bangkok, a visit to the riverside hamlet of Amphawa feels like being transported to a bygone era. Farming and fishing have never gone out of style in Amphawa, and life unfolds amid the town’s canals and teak wood homes much as it has for centuries. Amphawa is best … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Homestays of Amphawa

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An early morning Amphawa scene.

The small town of Amphawa some 75 kilometres southwest of Bangkok is best known for its weekend market, which attracts urban Thais in droves. The market is well worth a trip, but a mid-week visit offers the chance to be swept up in Amphawa’s ultra-relaxed atmosphere while saving a decent chunk of change on accommodation, … read the full post