While not as large as the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, the Amphawa Floating Market is a much more authentic experience, and one that’s more popular with the Thai locals than it is with international tourists.
The market is situated on a bustling canal, the banks of which are lined with teak-wood store fronts that open out onto the water. Starting in the afternoon, the Amphawa Floating Market is a popular place not only for shopping, but for eating too, with waterside seating providing the ideal setting for a lazy lunch. Dishes such as dried pork, shrimp, shellfish, and crab are all prepared and cooked aboard the boats before being handed up to diners on the elevated banks on both sides of the river.
A great way to explore the surrounding canals and other attractions around the market is of course to take to the waters aboard a traditional longtail boat. There are a number of temples to see in the area, including the magnificent Wat Bangkhae Noi and the ancient Wat Bang Kung, which dates back to the Ayutthaya period and is covered with roots of the banyan tree that has grown all around it.
The Amphawa Floating Market is only open at weekends in the afternoons. Most people visit the market as part of a day trip from Bangkok, although the minibus station near Victory Monument also sells tickets to Amphawa.