AMPHAWA: THAILAND’S HISTORIC FLOATING MARKET

Visit the floating markets of Amphawa, Damnoen Saduak and Tha Kha led by a local Backyard Travel guide who will ensure you don’t miss any of the old-style Thai treats.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

2 Days, 1 Night     FROM US$ 429 PER PERSON

Take a guided journey out of the futuristic Thai capital to Amphawa, an old-world water town which deserves its reputation as one of Thailand’s most beloved markets.

Centralized around waterways, Amphawa thrives on the market’s popularity which creates a buzzing atmosphere all along its wooden walkways which grant access to stilted teak houses.

You’ll feel trapped in a time warp as you negotiate narrow boardwalks that line the canals and climb on board traditional long-tail boats to navigate the waters and browse the floating market stalls.

Feast on freshly prepared seafood at local, traditional Thai restaurants, and investigate lesser-seen attractions in the region often overlooked by self-guiding travelers.

Make a stop at Samut Songkhram Province on the way to Amphawa and see the charming Tha Kha floating market and also visit a nearby market set up on the train lines which retracts when each train passes through.

See the unique site of monks collecting alms by boat in Amphawa as locals flock to the canal side to pay tribute in the early morning.

Take a ride from Amphawa through the canals to Damnoen Saduak in the neighboring Ratchaburi Province early enough to avoid the tour buses the iconic market attracts.

See traditional Thailand at its best and shop for authentic souvenirs unique to the floating markets on this time-traveling tour.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Investigate Thailand’s most popular old-world floating markets of Amphawa, Tha Kha and Damnoen Saduak
Observe the unique floating monks as they paddle down the river collect their early morning alms
Cruise your way through the markets and discover unique souvenir offerings and freshly picked fruits and vegetables
See the bizarre train market in Samut Songkhram, which retracts from over the line whenever a train approaches



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Bangkok - Samut Songkhram - Amphawa

    Our Backyard Travel guide and private driver will collect you this morning and take you on a 2-hour drive (depending on traffic) to the picturesque Samut Songkhram Province which rests 80km from Bangkok.

    Also known as Mae Klong by locals, the province is the smallest of all the provinces in the Land of Smiles and provides a mouth for the Kwai River to join the Gulf of Thailand

    Upon arrival in the quaint garden province your guide will take you on an exploration of a unique local train market set upon the railway tracks and moves aside when each train approaches - a fascinating sight!You’ll then be led by your local Backyard Travel guide to Tha Kha, one of the area’s many interesting floating markets where boating marketers gather to sell their homegrown and homemade produce. The market is only held on weekends but can sometimes fall between Monday and Friday depending on the lunar calendar. Next you’ll take a journey aboard a traditional paddle boat to weave your way through the local waterways to a family home that doubles as a coconut sugar syrup factory. Here you can taste a fresh glass of the sweet nectar before moving on to enjoy lunch at a local traditional restaurant.

    Your next stop will be Amphawa Island which you’ll reach by local ferry. Once there, you’ll be able to take a leisurely stroll around the island through the local fruit orchards or to some of the fascinating temples.

    If you’d like (and for a supplementary charge), you could also take a two-hour bike ride around the island and orchard to see the area from the saddle.

    Once you’ve had ample time to explore, your Backyard Travel guide will take you to your resort in a traditional Thai long-tail boat where you can enjoy some time to relax before heading out to enjoy dinner at a local seafood restaurant.

    Amphawa is a unique town, with all the life and energy converging on the riverside. Stilted wooden sidewalks line both sides of the narrow canal and provide pier-like walkways that step into small boutique shops and restaurants - an old-fashioned glimpse into yesteryear.

    The bustling stilted shops sell curious trinkets and vintage souvenirs while boats loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables navigate their way between floating kitchens that produce quick, cheap and delicious meals for people perched on the wooden walkways.Optional: After dinner you’ll have the option (at an additional cost) to take an evening cruise along the river to see the enigmatic fireflies that illuminate the tress that line the water. Most prolific during the wet season (June-October) the tiny fireflies brighten up the foliage like Christmas tree lights creating a romantic ambience underneath the moonlit sky.

    Overnight in Amphawa

    Meals included on this day: Lunch & Dinner

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  • Day 2: Amphawa Canal, Thailand

    Being a river town, monks in Amphawa make their early morning alms pilgrimage by boat and paddle their way down the river stopping at homes and guesthouses to accept donations and offer blessings.

    Once you’ve taken breakfast at your hotel your Backyard Travel guide will help you climb aboard a long tail boat to take a ride through the canals to Damnoen Saduak in the neighboring Ratchaburi Province.

    You’ll arrive early to see the market as the floating traders’ first take to the waters and vendors are setting up their stalls before the tourist buses arrive.

    Once you’ve spent time bartering for bargains you’ll set off on the return journey to Amphawa, arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon you’ll take an insightful long-tail boat journey to Wat Bang Kung, one of the most interesting temples in the area before making a stop at Rama II Park, built to commemorate the ‘Poet King’.

    While in the park you’ll be able to see a 400-year-old banyan tree and Muay Thai (boxing) statues, or perhaps take a walk around the Rama II Park museum to see an interesting collection of musical instruments, masks and various other items that belonged to the former king.

    You’ll then set off on a two-hour drive back to Bangkok in a private vehicle where your tour will conclude.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast & Lunch

    Amphawa canal,Thailand

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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