I'm staying two nights and three days at a Homestay at Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram. This is only a 90 minutes drive from Bangkok. I came this weekend because of pictures circulating on social media of a dried up river. People were canceling their trip because they thought the market would be closed. As I knew it was a tidal river, I decided to come and see for myself. Yes, it went quite low at one point, but only for an hour. It then went back up as high as normal, as you can see from these pictures. Visit my Photo Map for a list of places I visited on this trip. The following pictures I tweeted live during day two of the trip. Click here for day one.
Here comes my breakfast by boat. You don’t really need to leave your homestay at Amphawa. Everything comes to you pic.twitter.com/tSea35ibPM— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) July 18, 2015
A mahout forces a baby elephant to beg in the market. By giving money, you are committing it to a life of servitude pic.twitter.com/RLctKdCPAu— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) July 18, 2015
There’s a big difference between high & low tide at Amphawa but the floating market is still operating as normal pic.twitter.com/UVzroX2BIr— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) July 18, 2015
One of the activities that you can do at Amphawa Floating Market is join a boat trip. Two hours is 50B per person pic.twitter.com/M9kabyYQm5— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) July 18, 2015
This is the lowest the river went at Amphawa this afternoon. The tide has now changed & the water is going back up pic.twitter.com/4UAQjwOyE1— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) July 18, 2015