Amphawa is a small village situated to the west of Bangkok, about 90 minutes’ drive from the capital. The main attraction here is the floating market which takes place every Friday, Saturday & Sunday drawing in locals and foreign visitors alike who come to have lunch, watch the lively market, or purchase fresh seafood, local Thai desserts and souvenirs for friends and family. A boat tour around Amphawa will pass through small canals to see vendors in their paddle boats selling a colourful range of food, fruit and trinkets, before heading out into the Mae Khlong River, past riverfront houses, to visit Wat Khai Bang Kung – an Ayutthaya-era temple that has been completely enveloped by a Banyan tree. At night, the boat tour may also include watching fireflies in nearby cork trees - an illuminating end to a fascinating day!
Amphawa’s floating market combines well with the famous Mahachai Seafood Market, and the unique Mae Klong Railway Market, as an exciting day trip from Bangkok. Otherwise it is possible to use Amphawa as an overnight stop before moving on to Kanchanaburi or Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.