Ampawa is a small village in Samut Songkram Province and in addition to its fireflies it is popular with Thai people because of its floating market which is only open on the weekends and runs from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The local cookies are worth the trip.
08:00 Pick up from hotel We'll pick you up from your hotel. Please wait in the lobby.
10:00 Wat Bangkae Noi This temple has a stunning interior, for all the walls and ceiling are made from golden teak and are intricately carved to reflect different aspects of the Buddha's life.More...
11:00 Wat Bang Kung This unusual temple is completely supported by a living tree with the growth separated enough to allow access inside.More...
12:00 Lunch in King Rama II Memorial Park You can enjoy a Thai lunch while you are in the park.
13:00 King Rama II Memorial Park In the 11 rai (4.4 acres) park there are many places of interest including King Rama II Museum - 4 buildings built in traditional Thai architectural style. The museum displays the ancient art objects dating back to early Rattanakosin era.
15:00 Check-in to your Homestay Time to check-in and have a shower. You can relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the surroundings before leaving for the floating market.
16:00 Ampawa Floating Market Ampawa retains its original floating market which normally takes place Friday to Sunday starting about 3:00 in the afternoon. It is good to be hungry before you go as there's an abundance of food available to meet everybody's individual taste.
19:00 Boat Trip to Mae Klong Fireflies The night-time boat trip on the Mae Klong River provides the opportunity to enter the enchanting world of the fireflies as they swarm in the Lampu trees along the river bank. It's an unbelievable sight, as entire trees are aglow with flashing lights.
Day 2 Departs: 08:30
08:30 Palm Sugar Plantation Ampawa is famous for the quality of its TaoTan Palm Sugar which is made from tapping the sap from sugar palm trees. You can sample the liquid sap fresh from the harvest or you can try climbing the tree yourself.More...
09:30 Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) "Talad" means market and "Rot Fai" means train in Thai, an apt name for a market set beside an old set of train tracks topped with abandoned, rusty coaches open for exploration.
11:00 Wat Phummarin Kudee Thong Wat Phummarin Kudee Thong is situated on the banks of the Mae Klong river. This temple is the center for Thai classical music where local people, both young and old, come to learn this precious heritage of the nation.
12:00 Lunch in a Thai Restaurant We'll stop for lunch in one of the local Thai restaurants.
13:00 Benjarong Factory Take a quiet walk through a workshop where local artists are hand painting beautiful designs on crockery. You can buy from here but you'll have to join the queue which is often about four months long!
15:00 Depart for Bangkok The time has come to return to the big city. A visit to Ampawa is a reminder of a time when people were friendlier and the pace of life was dictated solely by the sun and the moon. You will return refreshed in body and renewed in soul.
17:30 Arrive back at your Hotel Your can expect to be back in Bangkok around 5:30pm depending on the traffic.
Important Information Only open on weekends and select Public Holidays