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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Amphawa Floating Market - Bangkok's second famous floating market

The Amphawa Floating Market has been around since the 17th century and is known to be Bangkok's second most popular floating market.



The Amphawa Floating Market, located approximately 50 kilometers from Bangkok is a great way to spend your day. The journey to the market will take you about 1.5 to 2 hours and it's definitely worth it! The market has been said to be in existence since the 17th century and is quite popular amongst many locals. Visit during the weekends, as this is when the market is lively and buzzes with crowds of Thai people who travel from the other cities to taste the fresh seafood and get their shopping done!


The food

Seafood galore! The Amphawa Floating Market is best known for their local daily catch of the day – fresh seafood, from giant prawns, scallops and fish. Seafood lovers ought to really consider visiting this market as they have a wide variety to choose from. Perfectly grilled crabs, prawns, squid and way too type types of fish dishes are cooked on the side of the river and served to eager, hungry visitors. However, if you're not a big fan of seafood, fear not, as there is quite a variety of other food available, such as colourfully decorated candy, dumplings, etc.



As there are many accommodation options in Bangkok, choosing a place to stay can be quite tedious, especially after taking in to consideration the facilities, rates, distance between attractions, etc. With hotels and service apartments in Bangkok springing up like daisies to accommodate the growing number of tourists each year, there are some properties such as Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok which are located on the Chao Phraya riverside. The marketplace along the Chao Phraya River is more popular than the Amphawa Floating Market and definitely worth a visit if you're staying in the area.


Longtail Boat rides

The traditional longtail boats in Thailand can be seen quite commonly in Bangkok. The longtail boat ride will take you along the waters of the Mae Khlong River and small canals. The prices of a boat tour can vary from 50 baht to 500 baht. If you prefer a private tour then, you'll have to pay the latter price, but if you join a boat with other people, then it'll cost about 50 baht per tour. The tour will last for approximately an hour, where visitors will even be taken to see some of the temples in the area. A ride on a longtail boat is a definite must in Thailand, as no trip is complete without it.


Other things to do

While you're on a boat tour of the Mae Klong River, there are a number of old temples to visit. Your boat will allow you 15 minutes to visit each temple, which is enough time! The final temple and most popular is known as Wat Bang Kung which is completely covered by the roots of an old Banyan tree. Next to this temple is a zoo, which is home to a camel, peacocks, ostrich, and couple of deer, wild boars and goats.