"The greatest evil that can befall a man is that he should come to think ill of himself." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Route: Surat Thani – Samut Songkhran
Distance: 577 km
|(After breakfast at Princess Park Hotel, Surat Thani)|
Samut Songkhram province is also known as Mae Klong. The name of the province literally means War Ocean.
We arrived early afternoon in Samut Songkhran and headed towards Amphawa to search for lodging. The floating market area was busy with tourists, local and foreign, and we couldn’t find any guesthouses or hotels nearby so we decided to stay in a small boutique hotel on the main road to the floating market.
|(Visiting the famous Amphawa Floating Market)|
|(Local delicacies on boats)|
Amphawa Floating Market is on a bustling canal. Its banks are lined with attractive teak shop-houses that open to the water. Visitors enjoy seafood lunches or dinner that are cooked on boats and handed up to diners on the bank.
Amphawa offers a glimpse of how Bangkok looked when canals outnumbered the roads and people travelled by boat. This is where the Mae Klong River meets the Gulf of Thailand and ancient canals irrigate the region. People still live on the canals but it’s only on the weekends that the market boats come out.
|(Preparing for the firefly expedition on the Mae Klong River)|
We had an evening boat trip to see Amphawa’s famous fireflies that flit around the canals. The mating insects put on an enchanting show, lighting the trees like Christmas decorations.