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