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Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market Sep 9, 2018

Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market

Location: Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province, Thailand (Google Maps)
Days: Friday - Sunday
Hours: 3pm - 10pm

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Even after visiting Wat Bang Kung Temple, we still had time on our hands. This time, someone saw a cat cafe nearby from Google Map. Cat cafe? We checked it out. Turns out, it's a cat hobbyist's den. He had lots of exotic cats. Within the compound was a trendy proper cafe - themed in cat, of course! The cafe was a pleasant surprise. It was comfortable, chic, hipsterish with good coffee to serve. This cafe makes for a pleasurable stop en-route to Amphawa Floating Market in time for the night river cruise.

pictures courtesy of Chai, Mayet, Mar and Christina

Amphawa Floating Market
After roaming around, we finally arrived. There was still a good amount of sunlight so we rummaged around the area. Like Damnoen Floating Market, it is colorful, busy and animated - lots of food, lots of souvenir shops and lots of promenading to be done. Crossing from one side to the other side of the river is easy with several foot bridges - that also offer a nice panoramic view of the river system and the passing boats.

Night River Cruise
At B60/pax for a one-hour cruise including firefly watching, it was great value and a relaxing reprieve from a full day of walking around. The river was calm and made for a comfortable ride. A few times, the boatman revved the engine on full throttle - nice! We passed by imposing monoliths, posh residential homes, riverside cafes and restos and went under several bridges. Wish list - that they place a silencer on the muffler so passengers can make the most from the stillness of the night.

High Tide
At first, I thought it was only the other side affected by the high tide as water was already carpeting the walking paths. But soon after, both sides were under water. We all had to take our footwear off and walk barefoot on the wooden planks. It was all good and part of the fun.

Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market
slow boat passing by

Ending Thoughts
This finally wraps a day choc-full-of-market activities with wonderful people to be with. Wow! It was still a hundred kilometers to Bangkok, return the rental car before we could all head back to our homes. What a weekend.

Thank you Chai for all that jazz! Thank you Mar, Mayet and Christina for making it a very colorful day!

--- TheLoneRider

pictures courtesy of Chai, Mayet, Mar and Christina

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Bangkok, Thailand

hotels in Bangkok HOTEL

Empo Hostel Bangkok - backpacker friendly, bunk beds, affordable, a/c rooms, wifi, laundry
On Nut 30, Bangkok, Thailand
Adventure Hostel Bangkok - N7 BTS train stop, dorm rooms, great for solo travelers, laundry, roof deck, entertainment center, kitchen, all-day tea-coffee, fridge, clean
1541 Phahonyothin Rd. Payathai

gyms on On Nut, Bangkok GYM| gyms on On Nut, Bangkok YOGA

Now's Fitness Bangkok - gym equipment, yoga, Muay Thai, boxing, fitness trainer, cafe, healthy food
726 Soi On Nut 14 Rd, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250

Useful Information

Bangkok Cost Index

as of Sep 4, 2018: US$1 = Baht 32 = Php 53

  • Bht 60 sm, 90 big one mug draft beer
  • Bht 13 1.5 liter drinking water
  • Bht 220 one hour massage
  • Bht 60-80 muesli breakfast
  • Bht 60-80 tom yum soup in modest eatery
  • Bht 25-30 coffee
  • Bht 30-50 pad thai
  • Bht 350 Adventure Hostel lodging
  • Bht 20-30/load laundry, coin operated machine
  • Bht 7 bus ride
Transport Map of Bangkok

You can get around Bangkok using the trains, buses, tuk-tuks or the boat. Here is the transport map to give you a heads-up.

Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Night Train from Bang Sue Train Station
  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #2 Exit to the provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck

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