Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Amphawa Floating Market - a local delightNothing like a bustling floating market on the weekends, rubbing shoulders with locals, to immerse yourself in the culture of a city.
Opens on the weekend from 12noon, you'll be pleased for the extra lie-in after a night of partying, Amphawa floating market is a 1.5hours ride from Bangkok.
A less well-known market, you'll be rubbing shoulders with locals as you take in the food stalls along the side, selling food like fried squid, quail's eggs, noodles, fish cakes, etc.
Head to the river where you can walk along either side as the hawkers on the boat entice you to eat their seafood. Yes, it's fresh seafood which is grilled on the boats and served to the eager, hungry people as they sit at low tables along the river bank.
Apart from the riverside stalls, there are also several alleys leading further in with more food and dried goods. There's so many o choose from and you'll just want to try everything!
How to get there:
Take the BTS to Victory Monument, follow the signs to Exit 2 - Century Mall and as you're on the bridge that leads to the mall, you'll see a small alleyway with lots of minivans. Go down the stairs (not into the mall) to the alleyway.
There are several counters with signs of the destinations. Just go to the counter with the sign that reads Amphawa (thank goodness in English) and buy your ticket for just 80baht! You have to buy your return ticket from where the minivan drops you off at Amphawa. Also 80baht. Last van leaves at 9pm!