The Ampawa night floating market is a popular local Thai destination located in western Thailand, approximately 1.5 hours from Bangkok.
Once we arrived to the Amaphawa Night Floating Market, we decided to walk around and explore. I had been to the market once before on a previous trip so it was not a completely new experience.
The amphawa market is unique comparatively to other markets that you find in Thailand. The market is on both sides of a canal that feeds into the ocean. There are a few bridges that allow you to cross from one side to the other and give a good view of the canal.
Many food vendors cook in the boats and commonly serve fresh seafood to people walking by. We had not eaten dinner so we stopped at a long tail boat serving seafood and got squid, mussels, shrimp and fish.
It was really impressive to see the cooking operation in the boat as there was a BBQ inside the boat. The boats are narrow so everything has a special place and the cooks have to be cognizant because a wrong sudden move could be disastrous.
The market can feel very crowded at times and is unpleasant if you are uncomfortable in large groups of people. There are shops that sell a variety of handmade trinkets and everything in between. If you plan to visit the market then I would recommend going in the evening as the temperature are cooler and the market feels more vibrant.
That evening we stayed at Baan Pai Fah Resort, a nice guesthouse in the area. We called them and they picked us up from the night market. The following day they dropped us off next to the night market to catch a minibus back to Bangkok.
Overall, it was a great trip and visiting the Amphawa night floating market was a great way to end the trip!