Monday, July 26, 2010

Pleasant Ampawa

Ampawa has become a very popular weekend getaway in the last few years. Homestays and resorts have been built to welcome the high number of tourists. Ampawa is the home of the well known Ampawa floating market. The market only opens in the evening on the weekend.

Ampawa is a district in Samutsongkram province, the distance from Bangkok is about 80 km. It takes about 1 - 1.5 hours by car, bus or van. We took the van from the Victory Monument, the tickets cost us around 60 baht each. Our accommodation was close to the floating market. From the Van Station we needed to take the taxi truck there, you can ask people in the market where you can get this taxi. It costs only 8 baht per person to the floating market.

Our accommodation was called 'Ban Saranrom', it's only 200 metres away from the floating market. Even though it's not close to the canal but the green atmosphere here made us feel really relaxed.

The floating market is only a few minutes walk from the resort. We visited it in the early evening to avoid the crowd. At the floating market, it will make you nostalgic. The way they keep the houses and shops are very vintage: Reminiscent of the old day when there were no roads and trading was done on the canal. This atmosphere has made Ampawa really famous.

At the floating market, there a boat rental service that will take tourists to sightseeing places around Ampawa. It costs 600 baht per boat and took us to the temples along the river. The boat trip took around 1 - 1.30 hours. 

We also visited the King Rama II memorial park. It is right next to the floating market.

                                                                                                         - Thanks for visiting -


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