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Wat Bangkae Noi Teak Temple

There are many temples of sublime beauty & historical significance in the Ampawa district of Samut Songkram province, but one of the most interesting is Wat Bangkae Noi.

Inside, on the ceilings & walls, are intricate woodcarvings depicting Lord Buddha's history, birth, enlightenment, and nirvana

Historically interesting, Wat Bangkae Noi was built during the reign of King Rama I by the Governor of Samut Songkram, Phraya Wongsasurasak. He build it for his minor wife - 'Noi' meaning minor - after he built a temple for his principal wife which he named Wat Bangkae Yai - 'Yai' meaning principle.

Looking from the outside, you will think this place is nothing special. It looks the same as every other Buddhist temple that you've seen.

Once you enter Wat Bangkae Noi however, you'll be amazed at the breathtaking view, because the interior teakwood walls and ceiling of the main chapel have been intricately carved to depict the life and teachings of the Lord Buddha.

Even the floor of this temple is special, being made from one hopea tree which is the most expensive of its kind in Thailand.

In addition, the monks quarters are a collection of traditional Central Thai houses, which contain rectangular seats made from single planks of Golden Takian wood more than one metre wide.

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Wat Bang Kung Bo Tree Temple

Wat Bang Kung, which dates back to the Ayutthaya Period, is one of the highlights of a visit to Ampawa.

It is famous for the small chapel that is completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree called Bot Prok Po. It is almost like the tree itself is the pillars of the temple.

One famous temple in Bang Khonthi district is Bang Kung Temple. Within the temple there is an old ordination hall which houses a large sculptured Buddha image commonly called by villagers Luangpho Bot Noi.

Mural paintings from the late Ayutthaya period depict Lord Buddha while he was sitting in the niche and preaching, flanked by the disciples paying respect to him.

The temple is in the compound of Khai Bang Kung, a famous old Naval Forces Camp in Thai history, dating back to late Ayutthaya period. It was a location of great strategic importance where Thai and Chinese soldiers, under the leadership of King Taksin The Great, annihilated and repelled the invading Burmese army. This powerful camp was indeed feared by the Burmese.

The Camp was left deserted for almost 200 years and then established as a Boy Scout camp in honour of King Taksin. They built a statue of the king to commemorate his historic deeds.

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Ampawa Village

Ampawa is a district in Samut Songkram province, which is only an hour and a half from Bangkok.

Although it is the smallest of the 76 provinces in Thailand, it has an amazing network of 330 canals and on Saturday and Sundays has its own Floating Market in the evenings.

In Ampawa many pleasant Thai families have opened their homes so that visitors can get a glimpse of their enviable lifestyle. Homestays cater for romantic couples, small groups of friends and large groups of students, with accommodation to suit.

The best way to get around Ampawa is to walk and there are many picturesque lanes which run along the canals. Teakwood homes are built on stilts and inside, you'll find these homes in immaculate condition.

The night-time boat trip on the Mae Klong River lets you enter the enchanting world of fireflies swarming in the trees along the river bank. It's an unbelievable sight, as entire trees are aglow with flashing yellow lights.

A visit to the temple at Wat Bangkae Noi is a must because the interior walls & ceiling of the main chapel have intricate teakwood carvings and time spent here will leave you in awe of the fine craftsmanship found in these carvings.

Ampawa is famous for its TaoTan Palm Sugar and also for the hand-painted porcelain crockery called Benjarong.

Ampawa Floating Market Weekend Tour  (Code:2113)

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THB  19,500.00

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THB  27,800.00

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THB  35,300.00

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THB  42,800.00

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THB  53,700.00

THB  57,800.00

This tour is not designed for cruise ship passengers. Exclusive cruise ship tours are available from Klong Toey Port and Laem Chabang Port.

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.

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Tour Programme

08:00 - Day 1 Departs

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.Read 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. Read 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.

08:30 - Day 2 Departs:

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.Read 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. Open from 1500 – 2200