Isn’t it mundane to only live in one era when there is an option to not do so? Kings, wars, ancient temples and trading markets- it’s time to watch these stories come alive in Amphawa. Away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this unique tour will explore the hidden gem of Amphawa with its quintessential rural Thai atmosphere, proud tradition of local foods, rich history and enchanting canal-side villages. The tour features unique experiences such as a canal cruise in a wooden rowboat, a tour of a sugar-producing household, tastings in a local market and a visit to an ancient stone temple founded by King Rama I which was the site of a fierce battle during the Siamese-Burmese war of the late 1700s.
What You Will Do
• Learn how salt is made at a salt farm near the coast on the drive from Bangkok.
• Head to the tiny village of Tha Kha to experience its relaxed floating market where farmers come together to trade goods as they have for centuries. Cruise along the canals with banks that burst with tropical flowers, old homes and sleepy temples.
• Along the way, stop at a house where a family produces sugar from the sap of coconut trees. You’ll have a chance to taste this distinct and prized type of sugar.
• Take a short drive to Amphawa village. Here you can take in the weekend market’s colorful atmosphere while sampling the area’s famous food, including seafood like mackerel and razor clams, Thai sweets made with local coconut sugar and much more.
• View the village’s raised walkways lined by stilted old teak wood houses over the canal through a guided walk. Discover the old ways of Thai culture through a visit to a small museum, a local art gallery and a historic temple founded by King Rama I.
• Finally, discover the stunning ancient stone temple completely surrounded by banyan trees at Wat Khai Bang Kung.
- At least eight (and typically a lot more!) tastes of authentic Thai food and drink – more than enough to fill you up!
- Transportation by car from the meeting point to Amphawa and back.
- Plenty of drinking water is provided throughout the day, as well as refreshments as desired (coffee, iced tea, juice, etc.).
- We also provide ponchos/umbrellas in case of rain.
We'll give you an explanation of the area’s culture, art and history in a fun, not repetitive robot style.
What to bring: We recommend bringing a hat and sun screen.
What to wear: Comfortable clothes, and shoes suitable for walking (many people are fine with just sandals or flip flops).
When booking, please let us know if you:
- Are vegetarian or don’t eat any specific types of food?
- Have any food allergies?
- Enjoy spicy food or not?
- Have any special requests or comments?