Besides the trip to Don Hoi Lot, Maturot also brought us to visit unseen by foreigners Thailand attractions at Bang Kae Noi temple, Thai Cat Center, Amphawa night floating market and along the way, introduce our taste buds to various traditional local foods and deserts.
Amphawa Night Floating Market
Amphawa is a district in Samut Songkram, a coastal province at the mouth of Mae Klong River, 74 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. Samut Songkram has several canals (Klong) and the water of the river is spread through the province for irrigation.
In the Ayutthaya period the area of Samut Songkhram was known as Suan Nok (the Outer garden) and was administrated by Ratchaburi. During the reign of King Taksin it was made a province. It was the birth place of Queen Amarindra of King Rama I, who also initiated the name Suan Nok.
Making the Egg “Vermicelli”
Before arriving to the night floating market, you would pass a long stretch of Thai pasar malam where local delicacies are abundantly served. They had egg “vermicelli”, fried shrimp, hor-chien, squids, etc.
Dishes were cheap and aplenty; we were definitely spoilt for choices. We wanted to try everything but our stomachs just couldn’t take in that much.
Kitchen on the Water
We slowly made our way to the Mae Klong river, never expecting to see what was lying (or rather floating) in front of us!
The man in green’s job is to pass the dishes from the boat to the customers
Kitchen on boats and squatting patrons on staircases!
This place is flocked mostly by the locals in the vicinity but the occasional foreigners also enjoyed dining by the river.
It doesn’t take that long to wait for our food to be served.
The view from the bridge
This is an aerial view from the bridge across the river.
There is only one young chap in green, helping them handle the money and delivering off food using a 5 feet wooden stick with a plastic basket on one end.
I doubt that we have these things back in Malaysia, not that I know of. Anyway, even you wouldn’t want to dine at our dirty rivers, would you?
Thai style Fried Maggi
This really spicy and sour noodle dish had raw greens with shrimp kicked Maggi Letup’s butt!
This is actually deep-dried prawns even though the picture didnt turn out nice, the dish was simply delicious we ordered 2 servings!
Fried Oyster with Eggs & Bean Sprouts
The hor-chien here is great with their fresh osyters, fried to perfection.
Pad Thai with shrimps
Our first Pad Thai dish that tasted not too bad. It had the smoothness of Ipoh kuey teow!
Thai style of Pattaya Popiah
The popiah is a huge serving! Their popiah is stuffed with prawns, fish roe, mengkuang(?) and so many other things.
Long Tail Boats
Besides having to dine in this area for RM 13 only for 4 people, you can also try their Firefly Seeing Tour on the boat!