Amphawa river cruise sunset


After dinner we joined a “firefly” boat tour.  This tour will bring you along the river from where you will also see the sunset and also the amazing fireflies flying around at night.

We bought the tickets prior at a counter just a few steps away from the postcard stall.  The tickets for one person costs 60 baht.

Amphawa firefly boat tour ticket counter

Ticket counter to the firefly boat tour.

The tour started at 7pm, we hopped onto the boat.  There we saw the amazing sunset and as the sun set behind the horizon the skies turned pink, then purple, and finally it was dark.  Then the fireflies glowed in and around the lush foliage along the river.  The entire tour took about 1 hour and I highly recommend you do this.


Watching the sunset along the Amphawa river.

Night time at Amphawa market.

When we arrived back to the docks from the tour, it was around 8pm, and that’s when the shops started to close and the tourists and locals alike started to clear out from the floating market.  But that was not the end of it.  It was actually just the beginning.  At night that’s when the night market opens on the streets nearby.

Night Market Scene at Amphawa

The night market opens!

Around 9:30pm our stomach growled again.  So this time it meant it was time for our night time supper (or extended dinner).  So we rushed to get some more food.

But what we noticed was most restaurants were closing, so if you don’t act fast probably around 10pm most would be closed for the night.

Luckily we were able to find one that was opened, and ordered Tom Yum Goong (Thai Sour Spicy Soup) and grilled pork – total cost 252 baht including beer.

Grilled pork…the saw on the sauce was awesome!

Tom Yum Goong – super spicey and good!

After that filling meal, we called it a night and went back to the hotel.  Tomorrow (Day 3 of our trip) will be another action packed day. Stay tuned for Day 3!


 => Read on to find out what’s in store for Day 3!  


Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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One Response to Explore Bangkok In 8 Days – Day 2: Firefly Night time Boat Cruise Along the Amphawa River

  1. Jade says:

    Hi. It’s the first time I’ve come across your blog and immediately got interested in it. You seem like you had fun traveling in Thailand. I have a couple of questions, though. Could you tell me where exactly you went to get on the boat you mentioned here? Could you also tell me if you think spending a night in Amphawa is best if we go on this night boat tour? Thanks so much and I hope you continue traveling and writing. :)

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