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Monk Offering at Amphawa Floating Market

We woke up early in the morning 6am to do a monk offering.  This was something really special and unique to Thailand.

What it was, was that Buddhist monks will be collecting alms for their temple early in the morning and if you wished do so you can offer the monks some food and other offerings and in return they will recite a special Buddhist prayer to bless you.

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Chatuchak market food stalls

On our second day we focused our efforts to visit two distinct markets in Thailand.  One would be the largest street weekend market in all of Bangkok at the Chatuchak Market, and the other is a traditional authentic floating market at Amphawa Floating Market which is just 1.5 hours drive away from Bangkok.

Today will be our day of intense shopping, and yes you guessed it, a day of intense eating once again!  So for all you shopaholics out there and foodies, this is a highly recommended itinerary.

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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.

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Eating and dining at Amphawa Floating Market - Street Food

Dining Options At Amphawa Floating Market

So after walking around the market, our stomachs started to growl.  That clearly indicated it was finally time for dinner!

At the Amphawa Market, there are a few options for food.  You can go alfresco style and eat at the various restaurants that have outside dining which you sit right beside the riverside.  These are quite a nice place to eat if you would like to have a relaxing dinner together with your loved ones.

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Amphawa bridge

Around the Amphawa Floating Market

After we checked into the hotel (click here for full review of the hotel – it was fabulous by the way!), it was time to explore the market.

The market was a very charismatic experience as shops were lined up on the wooden boardwalks along the river banks.   There are about 2 to 3 bridges that will link both sides of the boardwalks across the riverbank.  The bridge is a good vantage point to see the overview of the market.

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Thanicha Healthy Resort - restaurant lobby near the riverside

Accommodation

Before we set off to explore the market, we needed to check into our accommodation for the night.  We stayed at the Thanicha Healthy Resort which was located right in the Amphawa Floating Market itself.  It was a super nice hotel, and at a very reasonable price.

I highly recommend you to stay there.

Here are some of the reasons why I recommend this hotel:

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Amphawa Floating Market

There are actually 2 major floating markets near to Bangkok.  The Amphawa Floating Market and the more popular known Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.  They are both floating markets but the difference I have found was that the Damnoen Saduak Market was more touristy and commercialized than the Amphawa Floating Market.  So if you are looking for a more authentic local experience then I recommend to go to the Amphawa Floating Market instead.

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