Amphawa Floating Market

10 Feb 2015
Amphawa Floating Market

People ate their meals on a wooden platform by the canal.

Postcards of Thailand often show floating markets with colorful fruits and vegetables neatly arranged on a boat. I wanted to see for myself what the hype was about so I did some research and a couple of floating markets got my attention.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Known for its vibrant display, it attracts tourists from around the world. The urge to take photos almost drove me to pick this market, but I got discouraged by the idea of packed tourists. I don't hate them. People should spend their money and travel however they want (granted they don't hurt others). But the problem is that it usually is too crowded and things cost more in places with a lot of tourists.

Amphawa Floating Market

It's not as colorful as Damnoen Saduak, but the locals love it for its delicious food. I decided this was the place for me. As much as I wanted to take beautiful photographs, I thought it would be a change to make my stomach happy this time.

people at the restaurant

Hungry!

Amphawa floating market fed me richly. Food was cheap and abundant so it was hard for me to stick to my budget. I spent most of my emergency cash in this market because everything looked so good! I didn't even realize that I spent my reserves until I left.

My favorite was the freshly-made pad thai (I don't have a picture, too hungry to bother) and the tasty coconut balls in banana leaves. The milk tea, as usual, was perfect for the hot and humid afternoon!

some sort of egg dish milk tea with shaved ice before milk tea with shaved ice after
grandparents making coconut goodies
veggies at the market coconut milk treat soup in traditional claypot

Exploring the Market

People ate their meals by the canal on a wooden platform. It was very appetizing just looking at the seafood cooked on the boat.

busy market scenes
fried crabs some sort of spice
man in boat selling produce
amphawa market boat vendors amphawa market boat vendors amphawa market boat vendors
more boat vendors more boat vendors more boat vendors

Quirky Shops

Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon quirky little shops and encountering even quirkier owners. I stepped into a shop and was amazed that the prices were so afordable! I was able to buy a custom-painted pair of shoes for only 300 Baht.

shops by the canal
quirky guy and his shop
cute shoes for sale tea table
postcards
shop signs shop signs
man crafting something
signs to enter shop incense hanging
old clock black and white cat
toy maker

Evening Came

Most people had gone home with a full belly, but I stayed to explore the market. People were washing their dishes on the murky water. The boats, emptied of food, were ready to leave. And when the canal cleared up, the children took over, jumping into the water and laughing as they ran back up the bridge. It was entertaining to watch them. It reminded me of my childhood when my siblings and I played in the pool all day.

evening at the market doggy eating scraps of food
lady washing dishes in the canal
kids playing around in the bridge
evening vibes at amphawa market evening vibes at amphawa market
thai flag reflected in water

As the sun came down, I was ready to retreat into my room, lay in bed, and recount all the delicious food I ate that day. I booked a room with a window that opened into the canal. Since I was on the second floor, I left it open so I could hear the market as it slowly began to quiet down.

feet peeking between wooden doors