Amphawa Floating MarketThe Amphawa Floating market started off as a village that serviced the river traffic and other local villages via a boat trading service. The smaller boats would have specific wares or food, and would traverse the Mae Klong river plying wares and fresh prepared meals.
Fairly recently it became more of a tourist market and a lot of the boat services migrated to the shore into stands. The boats still cook you fresh food, but the days of trading off them seem to be gone.
The ArrivalMy friend Kook, her good friend Noy, and I went on a day excursion to the market. It's supposedly an hour drive southwest of Bangkok, 52 miles, but it never ends up being that short with traffic. Kook was sharing what appeared to be her last month's experiences with Noy in Thai; I didn't understand a word, and I swear she didn't even take in a breath the entire drive.
The MarketWe walked from the river to the market entrance. That sun was strong, and it was hot hot. As we got closer, the crowd around the entrance alley to this section was quite dense.
Market AreasYou can wander along the walkways that border the canal, seeing so much food and items for sale. A lot is touristy, locals don't shop here much anymore.
LunchWe settled down at a Upladeak restaurant and had lunch. Sneaky people snapped a picture of me.
SummaryAmphawa Floating market is a really different place, with many things to buy and more than you could ever eat.
A long, hard drive or bus ride from the city, the river tours are neat, very cheap (like $5), the water is... well, you can probably catch Cholera in it. Don't touch it. The "resorts" advertised like the stalls are the entrance? Not many are even there, you go through and they take you someplace else. Most are tourist traps.
It was relaxing, and fun, and the food. YUM. The drive back took 3 hours of insane Bangkok traffic. Kook was swearing at bad drivers in Thai. Bathroom facilities are a bit primitive. Worth the trouble to get here.