Known for its vibrant floating markets and teakwood homes, Amphawa teems with energy along the Maeklong River. The small riverside village offers authentic Thai culture and centuries-old traditions, from unique temples to boat excursions and markets.
Things to do in Amphawa
Visit the Amphawa floating market to see a network of more than 300 canals and wooden houses lining the banks of the river. Cruise the waters to see farmers sell produce in their traditional outfits and watch as vendors prepare seafood delicacies in front of you.
The Banyan Tree Temple is famous for being built into an ancient tree. Serving as both a Buddhist temple and a memorial to warrior heroism, the thick roots of the banyans have risen above the temple while green foliage soars above its roof, creating a mystical ambiance.
Built by Khunying Chui in 1868, the Wat Bang Khae Noi temple features a unique construction. The temple’s exterior is completely wooden, while the interior boasts ornate, handcrafted detailing and highlights on Buddha’s history and his ten incarnations.
If you want to experience more local life, take a boat trip along the Maeklong River to see traditional villages and various Thai temples along the way. If you want to experience the thrill of seeing a full-size locomotive drive through a market, visit the Mae Klong market.
Getting around Amphawa
Amphawa is best reached on a guided tour or by bus from Bangkok. Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal offers services to Amphawa in around 1.5 hours. The small village is easy to explore on foot or by using songthaews.