Amphawa Floating Market…what a happy wonderland it is! We had thought of spending half a day here, in the end, we could not resist the temptation to explore further and ended back at Bangkok only after 10pm!
Hopefully this travel guide to Amphawa Floating Market would help you plan your trip better.
5 Things To Do At Amphawa Floating Market
1. River-side walk.
2. Delicious seafood lunch or dinner.
3. 5 Temples Tour
4. Fireflies Tour
5. Great variety of souvenirs
The beauty of Amphawa Floating Market is revealed the moment you alighted from the mini van.
Wow, what a heaven on earth, it is…….sooooooooo beautiful!
Plenty of stalls selling local delights, and we actually eat all the way from the very moment we arrived.
The price of the food is inexpensive, costing as low as THB$10, with most averaging THB$30 or USD$0.85.
The place retails all sorts of products, the good thing is most of which are not that kind of things you can find in Chatuchak Weekend Market or MBK. If you are here to find souvenirs, you had better bring a tonne of money!
Activity, activity and more activities along the river. So many things to do and so much thing to see!
Amphawa Floating Market- The 5 Temples Tour
After an hour walk, we encounter a makeshift stall promoting Temple Tour. The stall is just meters away from the washroom and very near to the bus station where we came from. For further details kindly read my other posts on Travel Guide To Bangkok Floating Market.
Upon seeing the pictures, straightaway I’m attracted by the temple covered by the roots of the tree. I’m already determined to go.
The boat tour to see the 5 temples around Amphawa Floating market cost THB$50 ( USD$1.40 )per person and it takes about 2 hours to complete.
Where to take the boat? It’s just steps away from that tour agency. It is on a first-come-first-serve basis, but on average it starts every 1 hour.
The first and nearest temple is just 2 minutes of boat ride away. Thereafter, it takes about 3-4 minutes to reach the next one. The viewing time at every temple is about 25 minutes.
Tourists get to see the many beautiful temples and the performance of rituals at some.
As all wordings are in Thais, I do not exactly understand. But still I enjoy seeing the many architectural buildings.
So many beautiful temples to see, but do not just see, make some token donation to help them upkeep the place, a THB$20-50 should be a good gesture.
All temples are not just a place for prayers, there are activities too. The most popular is food and drink stalls.
Wat Bang Kung – The Temple That Is Covered By The Roots Of The Tree
The highlight of the 5 Temples Tour is the final stop at Wat Bang Kung. It is the only stop which is filled with activities. By the way, ‘wat’ in Thai means ‘temple’.
Upon disembarking from the boat, steps away, visitors are greeted by the many lovely animals around.
It is rather surprising to see all these animals in a place no one expected, suddenly, everyone got excited!
But the main highlight of the 5 Temples Tour is still ‘The Temple That Covers By The Roots Of The Tree’.
Wow, what a temple it is, the roots of the tree practically swallowed the whole temple!
If you walk around the temple you’ll see how amazing it is, no wonder all the people on the boat are excited when the boatman announced the arrival.
A temple covers by tree roots, very similar to the one at Cambodia.
Hundreds of devotees at and around the temple.
Photography is allowed inside the temple. When you see so many smartphone cameras is being turned on, you know how excited everyone is.
Inside the temple is a glittering stature of Buddha.
Dinner at Amphawa Floating Market
After the 5 Temples Tour, it’s time for dinner. We have chosen this stall probably because we can enjoy our meal along the staircase, it’s probably the only one which offers such.
How good is the food? I like it that they are fresh and no artificial ingredients is being added.
The meal is inexpensive, for a meal like this it cost us THB$2,400 for 4 person, and we have double plates of each.
It’s a luxury to be seated here and enjoy the carefree life of being at the countryside. How nice life can be and should be!
There are just too many ways to dine, go choose the type you desire! The price of food being very similar to each.
Besides shopping and eating and 5 Temples Tour, there are gaming activities along the riverside as well.
Entertainers playing good music to delight you!
After 6pm, the 2 bridges along the river starts to get crowded. Everyone wants to selfie and wefie from the bridge.
How big is Amphawa Floating market actually? I have no idea. It is about 500 meters long on both sides. All I know is after spending a day there, we never managed to reach the other end of the riverside. The place simply has too many activities to attract us.
Things To Do At Amphawa Floating Market
The reason for us to stay till so late is because we wanted to take the boat to see firefly. The Fireflies Tour cost THB$60 per person.
The Fireflies Tour starts at 6.30pm and it takes an hour. The whole tour is on the boat itself. However, the weather seems not conducive for firefly to move aroundon this day, in the end we managed to see just a few small groups of firefly here and there. Nevertheless it is exciting when they eventually appear.
Just a gentle reminder, if you are taking a bus back to Bangkok, the last bus to Bangkok leaves at 7.30pm. So it’s advisable to check the availability of the return trip before you even book the Firefly Tour.
A taxi to Bangkok cost THB$1,000-1200 or USD$28.50.
Hotels and Resort at Amphawa Floating Market
If a day tour is not enough for you and you crave for more, perhaps you can consider staying overnight here. Along the river there are plenty of hotels and resorts.
The good thing about the floating market is it has not yet been fully commercialised for the tourist industry. Unlike Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, here we see 80% of locals than tourists, which is probably the reason why things here are still affordable and houses here looks natural and in its origin. Nowadays you don’t get many places like this.
When To Visit The Market?
The market opens early around 9am, but most stalls remains closed until after 12pm when the crowd starts streaming in and activities at full swing.
Enjoy yourself at Amphawa Floating Market!