Well, as we say in the Damnoen Saduak section, the floating market is a tourist trap and not worth going to see -- but if you want to, get a bus the day before to Damnoen Saduak town (bus leaves from southern bus station in Bangkok). Then overnight there and go to see the market early the next morning.
It is not worth doing on a tour from Bangkok.
Is there any other floating market aside from Damnoen, if so how to get there? I can't stay overnight in Damnoen - maybe a half day is possible.. this is my plan arriving march 3 late pm in bangkok, stay in sawasdee sukhumvit.. March 4 go to Kanchanaburi, march 5 back to bangkok early in the morning, no hotel yet.. so March 5 is free.. march 6 to Katuchak market. March 7 back to phils.. very limited time.. maybe you can help me by telling some place to visit in bangkok..
#3 dawntlc has been a member since 25/2/2009. Posts: 17
Thank you Thaiman, i will consider your good advice.
#5 dawntlc has been a member since 25/2/2009. Posts: 17
There are a couple of floating markets, and the one that my Thai friends recommend is Amphawa (or Ampawa), which is south of Bangkok. It only runs from Friday until Sunday. Apparently, and I don't know this from experience, it is geared more towards Thais and not towards tourists.
Instead of going back to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi, why don't you stay overnight in Samut Songkham, see the market very early in the morning, and then head back to Bangkok on the train via Samut Sakhon (Mahachai) and then to Thonburi? Much more interesting than going by bus.
How far is Samut songkham from Kanch and how to go there? If it's not possible to go there, is heading back to Bangkok from Kanch via train is advisable?
#7 dawntlc has been a member since 25/2/2009. Posts: 17
You'd go to Samut Songkham by bus from K-buri. That would be the most convenient and fastest way, I think. If you can't go directly to Damnoen Saduak directly, you'd probably go via Ratchaburi. You'd be able to find out at the bus station in K-buri when you arrive there, or at the train station.
If you decide to go back to Bangkok, then the train is a great way to go. Slow, but much better and more interesting by bus.
Today is the day.. few more hours i will be going to clark airport for my trip to Thailand... I would like to thank you all for your kind advises/information..
Have a wonderful day ahead... to us...
#9 dawntlc has been a member since 25/2/2009. Posts: 17
Me and friends are planning on going to Thailand next mth and we are planning to visit Amphawa (or Ampawa) floating market. Can someone tell us how get to this place. We are planning on taking public transport to this place. Which BTS station to alight and how do we get on from there. Appreciate all the info we can get.
#10 kkswan has been a member since 21/7/2009. Posts: 7
I went to Amphawa last year - we had a rental car at that stage so drove ourselves there, so can't really help with transport suggestions (but refer to the link below for a map). This was one of our favourite places in all of Thailand and we stayed longer than we originally planned.
We arrived early on Saturday morning I think, found somewhere to stay right on the canal and spent the day wandering around. It was very quiet and laid back, and we were just about the only white faces around. Saturday afternoon, however, the place came to life! Turns out this is where the Thai's come for a weekend getaway. It was fascinating to just sit and watch the floating market - and to enjoy the food that we bought from the boats. This floating market is definitely not one aimed at the tourists which is what made it so fascinating.
We stayed for an extra night, expecting a repeat of the market - but there wasn't one. It felt like all of Amphawa had shut down. It was extremely quiet with not much happening, but it was a great opportunity to just chill out on the canals, and to meet and talk to some of the locals who lived on the canals. And we had a little Karaoke session with some residents in the evening on the edge of the canal!
The next day we drove to where the more touristy floating market was held - and it was just awful in comparison.
I would definitely recommend this place, but if you are wanting to see the market, you really want to aim for the weekend, as Tilapia stated above.
There's more info here, including a map: http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com/
I don't think this featured in the travelguides that we were using (TF and LP) - so it's still undiscovered by the tourist masses. I hope it stays that way.
Following on from my previous post - there is a Benjarong ceramics factory shop within walking distance. We went to have a look, and were invited to go into the factory part to watch them making/painting the ceramics. It's pricey stuff, but beautifully made and nicer than the Benjarong that we saw in the touristy souvenir shops.
Have to agree with Busy Lizzy about Amphawa,without doubt one of the best places I've ever been in Thailand.We went there during the week so no market, very laid back.Just sat on the edge of the canal and watch life go by.Plenty of water Goannas to look at.As for transport to Amphawa we caught the bus from the station in Thonburi but I have no idea how often they run.
Thank you for all your comments. I still have a question to ask would it be wise for me to travel on the local bus to head on down to this floating market? If to take a cab how much will it cost the 3 of us from Bangkok to Amphawa floating market. Me and my friends are really excited over this. :)
#18 kkswan has been a member since 21/7/2009. Posts: 7
I don't think a taxi would be feasible - or rather, it wouldn't be very economical. Amphawa is about 1.5-2 hours out of Bangkok. At least, that's how long it took us to drive from Amphawa to the airport to return the rental car.
I would go with Thaiman's suggestion of catching a bus (or hiring a car/bike maybe?)
After googling 'getting to Amphawa', I came up with this:
"From Bangkok, cross the Chao Phraya River via the Rama IX suspension bridge and follow Rama II Road for about an hour until you see signs directing you to Samut Songkhram. Farther along there are plenty of signs pointing the way to the district of Amphawa and its floating market.
Public buses on the Bangkok-Ratchaburi-Damnoen Saduak route, which depart from the Southern Bus Terminal in Thon Buri, go directly past the floating market."
Thanks so much busylizzy ... hopefully me & friends will not get lost looking for it.
Once again thanks so much for all the advice.
#20 kkswan has been a member since 21/7/2009. Posts: 7