Amphawa is a small town in the Samut Songkhram region (in Thai: สมุทรสงคราม), only 60 kilometers northwest of Bangkok. Mostly unknown to international tourists, Amphawa is a place that offers a lot, especially when it comes to relaxing and contact with authentic local traditions.
You’ll especially hear of Amphawa for its floating market on the shores of the Mae Klong river, much less famous and crowded than the more touristy Damnoen Suduak Floating Market, but much more charming and genuine.
The market is held only between Friday and Sunday, from late in the morning to way into the night. I recommend that you go to the market towards four, when the sun isn’t as scorching, so you can visit the market without suffering through the typical suffocating heat that characterizes Thailand, especially in the months from April to September.
An interesting itinerary is to go to Amphawa late in the afternoon, visit that market and take a boat tour, then spend the night in Amphawa to see the train market the next day (Maeklong Railway Market) located a few kilometers away.