Adventures Of A Lucky Guest In Thailand – Trip to Amphawa Floating Markets

On my recent trip to Thailand I had the privilege to experience some great company from a group of locals. They were kind beyond measure and had a care-free attitude that was refreshing. This blog is in memory of the fine young ladies who showed me the true essentialities of Thai culture.
Anpawah Floating Markets - Mural

Anpawah Floating Markets – Mural

 Jared, we have an idea!

My phone rang on a weekday and my new host and life manager PGolf was on the other end to inform me of “a plan”. I was recovering from 2 nights of food poisoning in Bangkok hospital after being somewhat liberal during the yearly Song Kran festival (Thai New Year). A night on which I drank, walked, danced, and was somewhat awestruck by the colors, smiles, flesh and tattoos that coerce during Songkran. Where the hell am I again?………….. Thailand.
PGolf continued: “We have a place that we want to take you. Can you meet me at my work at 5.30pm?”. I was now out of hospital and living in luxury at PGolfs family residence. I felt rejuvenated enough to accept Pgolfs offer and to venture back into the surprisingly massive Metropolis that is Bangkok. “Sure” I replied.
man laying in big city - Bangkok

man laying in big city – Bangkok

Asiatique

Our first adventure was a soft introduction to the finer side of Bangkok. Asiatique is an open plan outdoor night spot that has many restaurants and shops. It sits alongside the river and has a relaxed touristy feel. I really enjoyed the location. My 3 friends PGolf, Jaeb and Pum all took photo’s of themselves, me and each other while the sun was setting by the river.
what lays ahead

what lays ahead?

nice to meet you

nice to meet you

portrait

 

In stark contrast to some of the food options in Bangkok, Asiatique is very modern and western in style. However this does not reduce it’s appeal, the river location and massive array of eateries and shops make it a must for those with cash and time to burn. We had a great meal at a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant and then went to the ferris wheel.
many restaurants to choose from at Asiatique Bangkok Thailand

many restaurants to choose from at Asiatique Bangkok Thailand

ready for liftoff on the ferris wheel

ready for liftoff on the ferris wheel

 

Pum, Jaeb and PGolf

Pum, Jeab and PGolf

 

ferris wheel time

ferris wheel time

Amphawa Floating Markets

The following Saturday the same team invited me on another mission. We ventured approximately 1 hour out of Bangkok to the famous Amphawa Floating Markets. We were joined by Pum’s friendly and helpful husband for our journey. The Amphawa floating markets are unique. The food, smells and sights are prominent and wonderfully Thai. So many colours require pictures rather than words:
boat shops in Anpawah Floating Market Thailand

boat shops in Amphawa Floating Market Thailand

 

Anpawah Floating Markets - food and colour

Amphawa Floating Markets – food and colour

 

Anpawah Floating MArkets - seafood galore

Amphawa Floating Markets – seafood galore

 

 

Anpawah Floating Markets - crab

Amphawa Floating Markets – crab

Anpawah Floating Markets - fresh seafoodAmphawa Floating Markets – fresh seafood

Anpawah Floating Markets - prawns and hotpants - deadly combination

Amphawa Floating Markets – prawns and hotpants – deadly combination

Anpawah Floating Markets - cool TShirts
Amphawa Floating Markets – cool TShirts

Anpawah Floating Markets - Curry

Amphawa Floating Markets – Curry

Anpawah Floating Markets - Boat Time

Amphawa Floating Markets – Boat Time

Anpawah Floating Markets - River Cruise With Large Statue

Amphawa Floating Markets – River Cruise With Large Statue

Anpawah Floating Markets - Temple Outside with Jaeb
Amphawa Floating Markets – Temple Outside with Jeab

Anpawah Floating Markets - Outdoor Cafe

Amphawa Floating Markets – Outdoor Cafe

Many thanks to my 3 kind friends from Thailand. I will endeavor to write about Chiang Rai, and Thai culture in my upcoming posts.

Jared Neems is a software developer and Teacher from New Zealand who works for Veratech.