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  • Amphawa floating market
    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 ... read more

  • Boat trips on the Mae Khlong
    3.5 stars

    The area around Amphawa floating market has become a de facto transport hub for tour boats, most of them wooden and engine powered, that bring tourists out on the Mae Khlong river. Demand for boat rides is such that on weekends the numerous boats have an adverse affect on the town's otherwise ... read more

  • Tha Kha floating market
    4 stars

    The tiny village of Tha Kha is set amid fruit farms and narrow canals 11 kilometres northeast of Amphawa, and its floating market has seen consistent village gatherings for well over a century. In olden times, the dates when the market took place were based on cycles of the moon. While this ... read more

  • Baan Maeo Thai (House of Siamese Cats)
    3 stars

    Located about a kilometre south of Wat Kai Bang Kung along the same road is the so-called House for Breeding and Nature of Thai Cats. It was set up by a group of serious cat lovers as a way to conserve authentic species of the famous Siamese cat. These graceful felines became a big hit among ... read more

  • Mae Khlong train market
    4 stars

    Ten kilometres down the Mae Khlong river brings you to the cramped but lively provincial capital of Samut Songkhram. This non-touristy small city is home to a few old temples, some good food and lots of buses heading in all directions, but the biggest reason to come is to watch a full size ... read more

  • Don Hoi Lot
    3.5 stars

    When it comes to locally produced food, tiny Samut Songkhram punches far above its weight. The province's inland reaches are studded with fruit and veggie farms, and the coast churns out a bounty of fresh seafood and related products like salt, fish sauce and shrimp paste. For a taste of all of the ... read more

  • Bang Noi and Bang Nok Khwaek
    3.5 stars

    Both of these are sleepy riverside hamlets that, like Amphawa, are clustered around canals as they merge with the Mae Khlong river. Also like Amphawa, both are home to similarly old teak wooden houses and both have floating markets on the weekend. You might be wondering why visit these towns if ... read more

  • Samut Songkhram Life Museum and Chaipattana Park
    3 stars

    Within you can see senior residents of Amphawa displaying how to weave baskets, shuck meat from a coconut and pound a specific type of regional rice called khao thom. The museum also houses a handful of antiques and old photographs, but it's open only on weekends. Walk through the back doorways ... read more

  • Wat Kai Bang Kung and Bang Kung Camp
    4 stars

    The prime attraction is an Ayutthaya-era stone ubosot that's been entirely overtaken by a few species of banyan trees, including the sacred Bodhi tree. The trees are so thick that from a short distance away we were unable to decipher any building there at all. A cool and mystical air pervades ... read more

  • Thai Dessert Museum
    2 stars

    The museum is a work in progress; as of now only the names of each dessert are provided in English, but we were told full information boards in English are on the way. If that holds true, it would be an interesting stop; you could learn about desserts then walk over to the market to try them out. ... read more

  • Wat Amphawa Chetiyaram and Rama II Park
    3.5 stars

    King Rama I is arguably modern Thailand's most important historical figure owing to the fact that it was he who founded the Chakri dynasty of which the current Thai king is the ninth. Rama I's queen, Khun Nak, was a native of Amphawa. Their son, who would later become Rama II, was born here, and ... read more

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