Not quite off the beaten track, maybe off the beaten tourist track. On Sunday, after driving around the city to look at the Grand Palace and a few other tourist attractions, we headed for Amphawa Floating Market. Now this Floating Market is different from the more famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which my Thai friends say is filled with tourist traps. Instead, the Thais love going to Amphawa. The entire time we were there, we saw maybe 3 Caucasians, and a few Japanese. The place was thronged with locals. Want an authentic Thai experience, go to Amphawa!
We had such a great time there. Amphawa is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 1pm. The place gets really busy by 4pm and at night, there are boat tours for firefly-watching (which we didn't stay for). I understand there are currently no bus tours to Amphawa, so to get there, you either need Thai friends who drive or a taxi. This article says a taxi can be hired at US$30 for 3-4 pax, the driver will wait till you are done and drive you back to the city.
Just before reaching the floating market, we turned off into a small lane and drove deep inside to a Thai restaurant by the river, recommended by a friend of May (my Thai friend) who lives in Amphawa.
Here are the boys checking out the kampung-like surroundings while waiting for the food to be ready, the other three are Krit and Kant (May's boys) and their cousin Jamie. Krit and Kant are Brian's schoolmates from Moscow, but they are back in Thailand and attend a UK-based international school on a music scholarship.
Everyone was famished after the long drive from Bangkok, and this was what we had.
Fried fish....crispy and very fresh.
Fried frogs legs with garlic...overcooked and burnt :(
Prawns...dunno what style...but very good.
We ordered two plates of these tempura-like dish...I didn't really like it but I think most everyone else did.
Fried chicken with garlic...excellent...ordered pecially for fussy-eater Sean.
Some clam dish...very very good.
We had these and tomyam goong (tastes different from what I am used to) and I'm sure we had a vegetable dish too, and the bill was THB1350 for 4 adults, 5 boys (4 who eat like adults). That's about S$60.
More about Amphawa coming right up in the next post.