Thailand – Amphawa 水上市場

This is our second time to Amphawa because last time it was just a quick 3 hours day trip and we felt we didn’t explore everything. Therefore, this time we decided to stay here for one night! The reason we love about Amphawa is that there are less tourists but more local tourists in this market, so we can understand more about local culture.

We arrived at noon time and it was too hot to walk around so we eventually found a foot massage place and afterwards went back to hotel to rest for a while. Surprisingly, there are only two massages here and both are at the very front of the main street.

One day is just perfect for us to explore every shop, I think we walked around the whole street for around 4 times and we got the chance to eat all the food we want!

因為第一次的安帕瓦水上市場是跟旅行團當天來回曼谷,沒有很多時間逛,所以這次又來一次,而且還在這裡找了嘉民宿住一晚。安帕瓦是比較沒那麼觀光的水上市場,有很多泰國的觀光客,也是我們喜歡這裡的原因。這天大約中午抵達,因為實在太熱了,所以做了腳底按摩就趕快回民宿先避暑。在這裡絕對不用怕迷路,主要街道就是沿著河流,而按摩店只有兩間,在街道的最前面。這次有一天的時間,幾乎把整條街逛了四遍!該吃的該逛的都悠閒的達成!

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If you stay one night here, you must wake up earlier the next morning because you can see monks in the temple rowing boats to collect food from the residents. Most of our local Thai guests have prepared food package to give to the monks. There are shops which sell these food package for monks and it includes soft drinks and some rice. I can see the boats are full of the same packages and I wonder if it would be better if everyone can buy some vegetables or daily ingredients which I believe is more needed than soft drinks.

在這裡住的話一定要第二天早起,因為可以看到上流的寺廟和尚划船來各個家裡化緣。我們住的民宿有很多泰國遊客,他們早就準備好食物等待和尚到來,有趣的是這裡的商店會販賣化緣的食物包,裡面都是養樂多和米,我有點懷疑和尚喜歡喝養樂多嗎?看到船上有幾十包的養樂多,卻沒什麼青菜等食材,不知道是否和尚們也喝飲料喝膩了呢?如果化緣食物包可以多一些青菜應該比較實用!

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Early Monday morning stroll is the best because you can see the life of the locals. Thai likes to sit on the grounds and eat meals. I saw many kids and families sitting in their house having breakfast and ready for school. The life during week days are quiet and calm, in contrast with the life of weekend when the markets open and tourists flood in.

水上市場只有週末有店家,平日就恢復日常生活。我在週一的早晨到街上走走,看到每個家庭坐在家裡的地板上吃早餐,小朋友準備上學,大人在河邊洗碗洗衣服,和昨天完全不一樣,寧靜又舒服!

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The river is essential to the locals. They wash clothes, dishes, food in the river. Tourists also come to see how people live a life besides the river. It doesn’t seems clean but both the residents and us are fine after eating a lot of food 😀 I actually see this huge creations swimming in the river that morning and scared me! I wonder what else there are inside this amazing and important river.

離開前在河裡驚見超大的蜥蜴,悠游在水中。這個河流是當地人洗衣、洗碗和洗菜等等日常生活最重要的地方,水雖然看起來不是很乾淨,但是我們勇敢的吃了許多海鮮和當地食物之後,也沒什麼事情發生。不過看到水中的大蜥蜴,不禁讓我幻想著裡面到底還有什麼生物…

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