Amphawa floating market

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Amphawa's is probably the most popular floating market among Thais from Bangkok.

It remains more obscure than the one at Damnoen Saduak among foreign travellers, but there's no doubt the market is increasingly becoming an important part of the foreign traveller trail as well. A market has existed here since at least the 1600s, giving Amphawa a more genuine reputation than the many floating markets that have been set up in recent years by tourism planning organisations throughout central Thailand.

Unlike the floating markets at Damnoen Saduak and nearby Tha Kha, however, Amphawa has fully jumped on the tourism bandwagon in terms of the market's character. This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- it just means the market is not only an early morning spectacle that sees local farmers trading by boat, but also an all-day affair with the majority of vendors actually situated on the walkways and roofed market area that line the canal rather than within the canal itself.

The market truly overtakes the entire town; there are no clear lines as to where it begins and ends. It's a very photogenic scene and a phenomenal place to sample the area's specialties. Start with Thai coconut and palm sugar sweets or spicy salads, move onto grilled seafood, and finish up with any number of icy coconut treats.

Last updated: 12th November, 2012


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