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Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram, Thailand

Originally constructed as a private line to take sea produce from the fishing ports of Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram to the markets of Bangkok, it later became part of the State Railway of Thailand, though it was never physically connected to the rest of the network. This little known line has a great charm, passing through surprisingly unspoilt countryside, and apparently ending in the middle of the fresh food market ( known as the Train Market ) in Samut Songkhram. It is a wonderful sight to see all these market stalls fold back their awnings of their stalls to let the train run through. Most of them don’t even bother to move most of the food on display. I cannot see how the dripping water from the train can add to the nutritional value of this food however!

The Floating market is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they advertise from 12.00 pm to 08.00 pm. But I arrived at about 10.30 am and was able to secure a shaded car park under a tree, before all the visitors arrived. Amphawa is a district  or Amphoe of Samut Songkhram Province, located slightly inland at the northwestern tip of the Bay of Bangkok. It is about two hours from Bangkok, passing through the suburbs of Bangkok where many road works  were being made for the new extension of the Sky Train. Along the Pet Kasem road, and through Bang Khae. The addition of this new Sky Train extension will be an added bonus to this part of Bangkok.

In the Ayutthaya period, the area of  Amphawa was known as Khwaeng Bang Chang, a small agricultural and commercial community, specialising in farming. During the reign of Prasat Thong the existence of a market here was very prominent to the local economy.  In 1766, the later King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai ( Rama II ) was born in this  area, as his father was serving as governor of Ratchaburi at that time. At his birthplace is now a Memorial Park with four buildings in traditional style of that area and time factor, displaying art as well as lifestyle in those times.

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Amphawa Floating Market Page 1 Samut Songkhram Province
Amphawa Floating Market Page 1 Samut Songkhram Province
Amphawa Floating Market Page 1 Samut Songkhram Province
Amphawa Floating Market Page 3 Video's of the Floating Market.