The Amphawa Floating Market is about an hour and a half away from Bangkok and we recently made it there with the family.
The main attraction is if course the floating market as well as a ride around to see the fireflies. The view along the Mae Khlong River in the evening is stunning having arrived around 6pm on a Sunday evening.
So we walked around and finally settled down for dinner. One can choose to sit along the canal right above where the floating boats cook the food. But being a Sunday night, we could not get a seating area for 5. So we settled for a seat inside a coffee house somewhere in the middle of the canal. We ordered the food and the stall holders will deliver. First up, the pad thai stall.
Then the taste test… pad thai first. The pad thai comes with small packets of sugar and chili flakes. Authentic pad thai as one would expect. Crunchy bean sprouts, fragrant egg stir fry with the noodles. Add to that some prawns and squid and it becomes a great dish.
So too was the sea bass. Wrapped in tin foil, the fish was grilled with scales on. What I liked was the lemongrass, lime and basil leaves they stuff into the cavity of the fish before grilling. Ok but not great.
After dinner, we went for a boat ride out towards the Mae Klong River to see fireflies in the dark. Unfortunately, it was a full moon night so the sky was a little too bright to be able to fully appreciate the fireflies. Still, it was a nice experience. Give it a go the next time you visit Bangkok. Something unusual.