Amphawa Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak's floating market is the best known of all floating markets. It attracts thousands of tourists daily, and extends over many canals. The on-board salesmen are countless and the tourists form an impressive anthill after 9:30 am. It is a market that I know well from having visited it many times in the past.
Amphawa's, for me, was completely unknown until now. Sometimes there are opportunities that come along like this, without us wanting to. It was at the reception desk of the hotel I had booked in the area that I began to hear the first comments.
My hotel, booked for one night, was directly in Amphawa, only 15 kilometres from Damnoen Saduak. The hotel's friendly receptionist convinced me easily, and I finally decided to change course... direction, the Amphawa market, especially since I was tired of meeting hundreds of unruly and louted Chinese tourists that I was almost certain to find in Damnoen Saduak.
If the Damnoen Saduak market is accessible every day from 8am to noon with thousands of foreign tourists.... the Amphawa market is only accessible on weekends (Friday to Sunday) from 4pm to 10pm with smaller numbers of tourists. I found this market less "commercial", much more "local" I mean with many more Thai visitors. A great experience, a great discovery.
Small tables have been set up and people come to eat the products purchased directly from street vendors
it's the time when Thai people like to start their meal.
Unlike Europeans, Asians do not feel any discomfort about being massaged in public....
on this side, the European in general is much more modest...
The countless buses that do their daily excursions leave in the morning and return to their base around 5pm in Bangkok.
In Amphawa, foreign tourists are more likely to be isolated tourists coming on their own and therefore less numerous.
They can stay on site as we did...
The night has fallen, the market is in full swing...
The two floating markets in Samut Songkram province
sur la route en direction du sud (Hua Hin, Surat Thani, Phuket etc...)