Weekends at the Railway Market and Amphawa
Weekends at the Railway
Market and Amphawa
This is not your average floating market. Amphawa’s charming yet lively set-up draws locals
from as far as Bangkok for a weekend of shopping and dining. This Hua Hin-departing
tour includes the famous Railway Market, where trading happens on its tracks.
WHY THIS TOUR?
When local markets are your thing, you definitely will enjoy an evening at the Amphawa Floating Market. Open only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and just before the sun sets against the horizon, this is the place to be during the weekend.
You have the opportunity to explore probably the most popular weekend market among Bangkokians and admire the century-old wood houses, now turning in quirky and quaint local shops, selling whatever is typical Thai. Add the water element to it, where long-tail boats whisk through the canals and turn into floating stalls for food and knick-knacks, and you have the décor for an authentic night out.
13:30 - 20:30
A 2-hour drive from Hua Hin /Cha-am in the northern direction will bring you first to the famous Maeklong Market. Locally known as the Railway Market, fruit, vegetable and seafood vendors have laid out their fresh merchandise on top of the railroad tracks. Watch vendors dismantling their stalls while this passenger train passes through and immediately reoccupying the rails. A unique scene of trade ingenuity unveils as soon as it comes to a complete stop at this tightly-packed market. Cameras at the ready as the slowly approaching train carefully come to a halt after avoiding all the street stalls and merchandise.
We continue our journey to Samut Songkhram, a province that thrives off the seafood business due to its proximity to the Gulf of Thailand, where we will serve you an early seafood dinner at a local restaurant. As soon as the sun slowly sets against the horizon, we park our transportation at the Amphawa Evening Floating Market. Popular from Fridays through to Sundays, the Amphawa Floating Market is a thriving local floating market, a two-hour drive north of Hua Hin. Lined alongside old wooden houses, the market is particularly popular with locals who eat, drink and browse riverside market stalls late into the night. Many of the traditional canal-side homes have been converted into boutique accommodation.
Stroll along Amphawa’s main canal and mingle with the locals, selling mostly homemade food and pastries. A short long-tail boat over the canal shows you this highly popular weekend market from a different perspective down the river. It is time to head back to your hotel in Hua Hin / Cha-am, where you will arrive in the evening.