With a great variety of tasty Thai food and desserts served from the canal, the valuable sight of the ancient wooden homes, and the beautiful natural and historical destinations nearby, it is probably not an overstatement to claim that one of the main reasons people visit Samut Songkhram is for the Amphawa Floating Market.
This little village on the side of the Amphawa canal successfully survived the major modernization period in Thailand and still able to protect its traditional way of life by the river so gracefully. Other than museums, exhibitions, and galleries that are opened by the proud home owners, visitors can also enjoy flavorful indigenous food from ground-based vendors as well as from the boats. In 2008 as a result of Amphawa’s great effort in conservation of cultural and architectural heritage, this riverside town received an Honorable Mention Award from the UNESCO Asia–Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.
Other interesting activities offered here include boat tours to the temples around the community. One of the highlights is at Wat Bang Kung, one of the very first Thailand’s Unseen Destinations. Other boat tours take you along the dark canal which might at first seem scary, but then you will be in awe by the clear sky that is lit up by the stars and the fireflies. You will never be able to tell them apart but there is no point to because this enchanted moment will surely carry you away.
Many visitors choose to stay overnight in Amphawa at one of its many homestays to appreciate the authentic Amphawa community. Without the business of the night market and tourists walking around, Amphawa turns to be a quiet and peaceful neighborhood that can give another mood to the unique experience.
Use Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) to kilometer marker 63. Drive through Samut Songkhram city center and turn onto Highway No. 325 (Samut Songkhram-Bang Phae). Between the 36th and 37th kilometer markers, take a left turn toward the King Rama II Memorial Park near the entrance of the Amphawa Floating Market.