Visit the markets around Amphawa
Visit the markets around Amphawa, Thailand
You will start the day with a short regional train ride bound for an amazing country market that has grown along the railway tracks. Here, you will witness the dexterity and speed of the vendors as they quickly pack their stalls away whenever the trains approach, hence bringing shopping to a brief halt.
This has become standard practice and stall holders have learnt the art of assembling and reassembling their wares at a moment's notice. Then you will visit Tha Kha, one of the many floating markets in the area where you can observe an authentic Thai floating market. This market is available 5-6 times a month depending on the lunar cycle calendar. On days when Tha Kha is not open, you will head to Ladplee Floating Market, an original site that is reminiscent of the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market in its early days.
You will continue by taking a fascinating paddleboat journey through the maze of klongs (canals), cruising past plantations and Buddhist temples before stopping to enjoy a glass of palm sugar syrup and chat with a friendly local family.
If your visit falls on a Saturday or Sunday, you will have the opportunity to visit the weekend floating market which is very popular with locals who flock to the market to buy from vendors selling local delights. Either way you will see some of the most charming markets in Thailand and very few Western faces.