Sunday, March 1, 2009
Amphawa Floating Market - ตลาดน้ำอัมพวา
Last weekend we went with P'Jack, Pond, Nammon and Nurse to the Thai province of Samut Songkram and visited the Amphawa Floating Market. We crossed the Chao Phaya river via a small river boat. Normally, the boat would cost 5 baht but the princess was at the temple near the floating market doing something, so the ferries were free. Lucky us!
As with anytime any royalty is in the area, the river was full of naval vessels and police boats, making sure the royal family stays safe.
We walked around the market area, on solid ground, and looked at all of the tasty looking food they had on offer. There were many variations of cooked banana, coconut, fish, and pretty much all kinds of seafood and traditional Thai street fare.
The group bought a bunch of sweet banana treats and cakes, coconut pancakes and snacks then headed to see the main attraction of the area, the floating market. The floating portion of the market is rather small actually, covering probably only a 300 meter stretch of the canal. But, because it is small, it is cramped into a smaller area and makes the bustling atmosphere that much more interesting. There are mostly women sitting in their little canoes selling all kinds of food from fresh fruit to pad thai noodles, from grilled prawns and scallops to skewered pork and squid. Customers sit on the steps leading down into the water and eat their noodles that they paid only 10 baht for. The food is usually delivered to the customer in a little fish net on a 15 foot pole, and payment made in the same fashion, take your food, and put your money in the net. As easy as that.Here is a quick clip from the bank where we ate some grilled scallops (30 baht!)
Here are some pictures of the floating market. The first is a Thai cowboy selling shiny sparkly pinwheel fans!