ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Bangkok - Amazing Railways Track Market - Amphawa Floating Market
An early start of around 7am is required for an hour and a half’s drive from Bangkok to Sumut Songkarm, where you will visit a country market set along a railway track. The market is fascinating to see as it opens and closes around the trains that run on this route eight times a day, seven days a week. Continue on to visit Wat Bang Kung, a simple yet stunning temple built inside a banyan tree dating back to the Ayuttaya period. From here, climb into a long-tail boat and gently cruise through fishing villages along the mangroves, stopping along the way to feed passing monkeys. The boat will stop at an oyster and mussel farm, where you will observe the distinctive local method for finding shells by propelling boards in the mud.
Following the boat trip and a quick lunch, it’s off to Amphawa and your selected hotel. After time to freshen up, you will escorted to the famous Amphawa floating night market, set on the water amongst hundreds of glowing fireflies, creating what is known as an Asian Christmas tree.
Day 2 : Amphawa – Bangkok
After breakfast at around 10am, explore Amphawa by bicycle for about an hour, to little-known villages where locals climb trees to pick coconuts, dragon fruits and bananas. The tour will stop at a fruit farm where you can sample exotic varieties before heading on to a coconut sugar factory where syrup is made and exported to Europe. Next stop is a rustic village that is famous for making sors – a Thai instrument similar to a violin. Jump back on your bike to the fruit farm for a well earned tea break, and of course more fresh fruit.
Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before you head off to the King Rama II Memorial Park, a project set up in the king’s birthplace to honour his patronage of Thai arts and culture. There is a museum and four Thai-style buildings exhibiting art objects from the early Rattanakosin period. From here the tour takes you to the 100-year-old gothic Christian church, built in 1890 by a French missionary and his family, taking more than six years to complete.