Photo: Monks walking by the canal, Amphawa.

Boat trips on the Mae Khlong

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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.

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Demand for boat rides is such that on weekends the numerous boats have an adverse affect on the town's otherwise quiet atmosphere. Whether or not to avoid the larger tourist boats that pick up passengers from within the canal is up to you. If possible -- and in particular if you're looking to hire a private boat -- we recommend seeking a smaller one at the riverside pier near the centre of town before settling on one of the larger ones in the canal.

Homestays and hotels can also arrange boat tours for you. The going rate for an hour-long cruise is 60 baht per person if taking one of the pre-arranged group trips, or 400 baht for a private trip of around two to three hours. Full day trips can also be arranged. Group trips often make stops at sights along the river like Wat Bang Kung and Bang Noi during the day, and they also depart every evening at 18:00 to see the fireflies that come out at dusk along quieter stretches of the Mae Khlong.

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