Discover Amphawa Market - Bangkok
For travelers who are partial to the taste of grilled seafood, Trip Guru can’t wait to tell you all about Amphawa Market! It’s a floating market that sits on the Amphawa canal. There’s an endless array of Thai sweets and snacks, and even a Thai Dessert Museum, so you can take photographs of different Thai sweets on display. Visit and excite your senses with the exotic smells, sounds and tastes of endlessly fresh, carefully prepared food.
Amphawa Market is photogenic as well as spectacular. If you need a little break from the throngs of people, there is always a coffee shop or restaurant on every corner to hide in. While in Amphawa, don’t forget to visit the Rama II Memorial Park, across the market. This park was built to honor King Rama II and while photos of the exhibits are prohibited, you can still experience the serenity that walking through the gardens has to offer. Flowers and fruits are aplenty in this royal garden. Of all the floating markets in Thailand, the Amphawa is the most authentic if you’re looking for arts and crafts, literature, and stationery.
Trip Guru suggests that to enjoy your shopping experience, dress comfortably with light, cool clothes, long pants and don’t forget to bring a light raincoat, as Bangkok rainfall happens in short bursts rather than a long rainfall. Wear sensible walking shoes. You can also go to the Wat Bang Koong, a temple located on the other side of the Mae Khlong River, where you can visit and take photographs of the life-sized Muay Thai statues in the temple. There is also a mini-zoo in front of the temple with animals that are always ready to pose and preen. Take care to dress neatly when venturing into the temple, make sure to cover your arms, legs, and feet.
The Amphawa Market opens midday until 8pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is best visited after 4pm. Travel time from central Bangkok is about an hour and a half, depending on traffic. There are buses that travel from the Southern Bus Terminal to Samut Songkram Town, and then take a local songthaew to Amphawa. The Thai Dessert museum is located in the Amphawa Municipality building, next to the ferry pier. Rama II Memorial Park is open from Monday to Sunday, 8am – 6pm.