Weekend market for locals
25.01.2014 - 26.01.2014 30 °C
As the weekend was fast approaching we decided (well I did, as I thought there could be some good shopping involved) that visiting a floating market would be a great oppurtunity to see some more of rural Thailand. Instead of choosing one of the main "tourist friendly" markets like Damnoen we made our minds up to try our luck at Amphawa.
Backpacks attached we made our way to the bus station to get a mini van to Amphawa, this proved to be a little challenging in itself. The train network in Bangkok was amazing! Clean, air conditioned and always on time (with most trains arriving every three to five minutes-something that i could only dream about happening back home). This made it easy enough to get to the bus station, however after trying to read many different signs written in Thai, and several mispronounced attempts to speak in thai we managed to purchase a ticket for on a mini van to what we hoped was the right destination. What we didn't realize at the time was that we would be elbowed out of the way by locals upon boarding, forcing us to take the only two seats left at the very back on the mini van. Normally this wouldnt worry me, but the back seats were higher than the rest, meaning if you wanted to look out the window you had to crouch down to get a glimps of the countryside, all whilst sitting with our backpacks on our laps (so glad we packed light and small packs as it could have been much worse!).
Arriving safe and slightly stiff in Amphawa our first thoughts were to find somewhere to sleep for the night. After walking around town a lovely lady came to our rescue offering us a place to stay (we would have stood out so bady, anglo foreigners with backpacks walking the streets did not seem to happen too often round there). The room was right on the river front and came with mosquito net and padlock for the door, perfect for a good nights sleep after exploring the market. The market was fantastic! full of fresh produce, seafood, traditional snacks (also fairy floss to my suprise) and hundreds of thai people. Both sides of the river were packed with permanent stalls and whilst there was little to no english spoken that didnt stop us having some amazing food and drinking with the locals on the balcony whilst watching the energy of the market until the late hours.
It was well worth the mini van ride and I would highly recommend it as a place to visit for anyone staying in Bangkok.