Amphawa is a comfortable, laid-back small town that's perfect to spend a leisurely weekend at.
This year, the boyfriend and I spent an unforgettable weekend in the quiet and peaceful town of Amphawa which is about 3 hours’ drive away from Bangkok.
Amphawa town derives it’s name from Amphawa Canal, which stems from the Mae Klong river, and along its length there are a variety of shops, hotels, and a floating market. Weekends are busy at Amphawa, with locals and foreigners frequenting the Amphawa floating market.
My boyfriend and I visited Amphawa over friday and left on Saturday afternoon for Maeklong to catch the train at the train market. On the Friday afternoon we arrived, Amphawa was quiet, and the walkways were empty save for a few tourists and store owners.
After having spent a couple of days in the heart of bustling Bangkok, we really appreciated the peace and quiet of Amphawa. It’s the best place to relax and do nothing! If you would like to avoid crowds, visit on a weekday afternoon and it would suit you perfectly.
Life at Amphawa is pretty much very river-centric, with many of the local folks making a living by fishing, or by selling souvenirs by the river/stream. We spent a peaceful and very memorable afternoon watching the locals go about their daily activities.