Thailand and the Thais
A few kilometers outside the capital, away from the normal routes and sites which are the main focus for mass tourism, there exists another world – that of the Thais themselves. One where very few people speak a language other than Thai, and where the eager traveller may go and meet the locals and discover an original culture, a different way of life, another universe. Over a weekend, Amarita offers you to go and discover this new world and sense its wealth and hidden charm which is often wrongly ascribed to only organized trips.
Day 1 : Bangkok – AMPHAWA
In this Thailand travel package “Thailand and the Thais”, on leaving the capital early in the morning you will discover a small market on land that has a singular peculiarity in that it only takes place on both sides of a secondary railway track. On each passing of a train, the sellers move their goods and stalls in the blink of an eye, and then return as soon as the train has passed. A show that lasts only a few seconds, but quite unforgettable! Then you move to the small town of Amphawa (80 km, 1h30 to 2hrs of road), with a stop on the way to the salt marshes and the fishing port of Sanam Pla. Book in to the Hotel : A magnificent villa in Thai wood or a colonial house on the edge of a canal. With any available free time, should you feel inclined, to just familiarize yourself and enjoy the place or even to begin discovering Amphawa itself, with rental bikes available on site. Towards 17h30 departure in a traditional boat for a ride along the canals up to the floating night market, bordered by small restaurants built on stilts. Dinner on site and then returning at night by boat to enjoy the firefly display for which the region is well known.
2nd Day : AMPHAWA
Departure for Ratchaburi (1 hr by Road) and Wat Khanon temple which houses a school of art: traditional music and dances, silhouette theatre, dolls… Visit to the silhouette theatre museum and a mid morning open air performance by the School of Art. Then in the afternoon a visit to the Tham Khao Bin caves, about 30 minutes from Ratchaburi, before returning to Amphawa. The evening is spent at Amphawa’s floating market.
3rd Day : AMPHAWA
Finally, a visit to the small town of Amphawa itself with its temple and handicraft shops and its immediate surroundings. In the morning a visit to a workshop for palm sugar production and a genuine floating market. They operate only on weekends and follow a 5 day cycle and are actual local markets, frequented by the inhabitants from the capital out for a walk. Then there’s the small music school and Wat Phumarin temple. In the afternoon a visit to the residence of King Rama II as well as other ancient temples including the strange Wat Kai Bang Kung with its large statues in the style of wrestlers. Returning to Bangkok in the evening (or even the following morning).
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