Trip to Amphawa in Samut Songkhram

February 22, 2014
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Over the last two days I visited Samut Songkhram which is about 60 minutes southwest of Bangkok. I drove there along Rama II Road. If you don’t have your own car, you can get a passenger van there from Victory Monument. Click here for a map of places to visit in this province. I have also written in more detail of a trip to some of these places over on ThaiTravelblogs.com.  We stayed the night in Ban Mae Arom Homestay. There are many others with similar prices.


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4 Responses to Trip to Amphawa in Samut Songkhram

  1. Nicky
    February 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I have heard you can get there by train from Bangkok too, or at least to Samut Songkhram? Would you then need to get a taxi to the floating market. Sounds like there’s a floating market at Amphawa and another at Tha Kha? Any advise… travelling as a couple with 5 year old. Thanks

    • Richard Barrow
      February 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      You can go by train to Samut songkhram then change to songtaew to get to Amphawa.

  2. Nancy Dunlop
    August 31, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Hi Richard,

    I have been reading your info about your time in Amphawa, and loved the pictures and also your map was quite handy. I want to spend a couple of days there, am a solo traveller and 65 years young! Your homestay looks very nice; I am about to have a 2nd full knee replacement surgery so will be recovering after that for several months, so my visit to Amphawa won’t be until November 2016.

    I have a few questions. When I reach Amphawa – how far a walk is it along the canal to Ban Mae Arom? and which side of the canal do I go along? I have the “official” email address from the site. How much in advance do you think I should contact the owners re a room for 2 nights? Also, I’m toying with the idea of going during Loy Krathong! and am wondering if it will be possible to secure a room at Ban Mae Arom and are the lots of other homestays long the canal if Ban Mae Arom gets booked out before I can get a room? Would it be better to stay in Chiang Mai (I’ve been there before) for Loy Krathong or would it be quite something to spend that time of festivities in Amphawa!

    I’ve also made my own list of all the various places and wats and things to do while spending 2 days in the area. Travelling along the River would be a great and interesting thing to do. I won’t have a car so probably take a train and then a songthaew, as you mentioned to someone else. Any info or ideas you have, I’m all ears! 🙂 Hope your time there recently was great. Also, do you know how much they’d charge for 1 person-2 nights? (approximately).

    • August 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I think most homestays are at least 1,000 Baht and more for canal side accommodation. Cheaper if further away. Also cheaper if you go on a week day as the market is only Friday to Sunday. Ban Mae Arom is at the quieter end. I parked nearby at a Chinese shrine and it was only a few minutes to walk there. I don’t know where the songtaew will drop you off, but it cannot be more than ten minutes. There are plenty of homestays along the canal. I went again recently and you can see a map on ThailandPhotoMap.com

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