Foreign tourists might flock to the far-from-authentic Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, but over the last couple of years locals have increasingly been heading to the nearby Amphawa Floating Market instead.
Part of the Amphawa district in Samut Songkram province, about 75 kilometers from Bangkok, this market is open on Friday to Sunday from around 2-9 p.m and is the only evening floating market in Thailand.
Samut Songkram might be the smallest province in Thailand but it has 330 canals running off the Maeklong River, which is connected to an estuary, contributing to the Amphawa Floating Market’s popularity as it’s a great base for side trips.
This includes a now-famous night boat journey to see the twinkling fireflies that hang out in the trees along the sides of the river.
The Amphawa Floating Market is great for a Bangkok day trip or for an overnight escape from the city as there are many cute home stays, some sitting right on the water.
How to get there: Get on the minibus at Victory Monument or MoChit Song (opposite JJ market). Buses run regularly from Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal to Samut Songkram as well.