Two minivans, an Uber ride and a close encounter of the songthaew kind later, we finally reached Amphawa.

It was still a bit early on Friday afternoon, but Amphawa Floating Market’s hustle and bustle was well under way with mostly locals briskly walking about the myriad vendors and stalls. We strolled along until we found a motorboat driver willing to take us down the Maeklong River privately for about an hour.

Now don't you worry we'll all float on alright.
Now don’t you worry we’ll all float on alright.

Down the Maeklong River

We're on a boat.
We’re on a boat.

We turned down smaller waterways to find wooden houses propped up against the river, with more than a few of their inhabitants going on about their daily lives washing clothes, taking naps on porches and drinking beers in backyards while dogs looked up uninterestingly as we floated by. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable ride after all the detours we made earlier in the morning.

On the Hunt for Some Quail Eggs

Local vendors selling goods from their boats.
Local vendors selling goods from their boats.

After our boat ride, we proceeded to stuff our faces with all of the food: fried fish cakes, grilled corn and quail eggs. We lazily made our way back to our minivan after our feeding frenzy for the return trip back to Bangkok. It was great to hang out in Amphawa and check out the authentic local market scene. Two greasy thumbs up!

That Slow River Life

(The Circle of Life begins playing in the background.)
(The Circle of Life begins playing in the background.)

The return trip back took more than three hours involving a minivan, a public bus and a skytrain. We’re currently having a lazy day by the pool and boycotting all modes of transportation. On the menu for tonight: rooftop drinks with 360 views of Bangkok at night and yummy dinner at the Eating Room on Sukhumvit Road.