The charisma of Samut Songkhram province comes from its way of life, which is closely bonded with the river. Amphawa is an archetype of the traditional canal community, embodying the resilience that these thriving commercial centers have shown since the Ayutthaya Period.
Although once in decline, the cooperation of the locals has rekindled the atmosphere learnt by the collection of century-old wooden shop houses and succeeded in preserving its cultural heritage, winning UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
As well as trying an array of food, you can visit the house of Khru Eua Sunthornsanan, a famous Thai composer who introduced Western music to Thailand, or relax with a traditional Thai massage on Hatha Tara, a boat in the middle of the Mae Klong River, as you enjoy the cool breeze and views of the canal.
King Rama II Memorial Park
Situated in Amphawa District, the King Rama II Memorial Park commemorates King Phutthaloetla Naphalai, or King Rama II. The Park consists of a botanical garden, an open - air theatre, and a museum comprising five traditional Thai houses showcasing King Rama II’s personal effects and artifacts from the early Rattanakosin Period. There is also an exhibition about famous singers and musicians born in Amphawa such as Luang Pradit Phairoh, Eua Sunthornsanan, and Thun Thongchai, to make you reminisce about a bygone era on the Mae Klong River.
Where to Sleep
Thanicha Healthy Resort
Located in the center of the Amphawa Floating Market, this 25-room hotel is an attractive conversion of a 100 - year - old house in a Thai-modern style. It has rooms suitable for the disabled and elderly, and offers a massage service and guided tours.