DAY 1: Bangkok - Maeklong Market - Amphawa
Early departure from your hotel or from the airport to the Samut Songkhram area for an unexpected location, the train market, or Talad Rom Hub. This market is special because it is on a railway line still in operation.
Discover this extraordinary market and the diversity of products that can be found on Thai markets, waiting for the train to return to the station. You will then attend the merry-go-round of the stalls and stalls which fold down at the passage of the train.
You then take the road to Amphawa and more precisely to the floating market of Bang Noi, which is a few minutes from Amphawa. Discover this small authentic market to appreciate the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the banks of the Mekong.
Lunch will be held at the floating market in a local restaurant before leaving for your hotel for check-in. Free time until mid-afternoon to enjoy the hotel's facilities and relax.
In the late afternoon, your traditional long-tailed boat picks you up to join the floating market of Amphawa which comes to life very slowly. Traditional boat trip on the canal and in the middle of the floating stalls. The occasion of a first contact with the Thai gastronomy.
The discovery of the floating market can also be done on foot on both sides of the shore. Numerous shops and restaurants have been set up along the shore. Your guide can advise you on any of the many Thai restaurants if you wish. After dinner, you will have time to stroll along the promenade along the Mekong before returning to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: Rural life in Amphawa
Breakfast at the hotel.
Day of discovery of villages and local communities by bicycle. You will be immersed in the rural life and will witness everyday scenes: picking fruits and vegetables, making coconut sugar, local crafts ... This bucolic walk through orchards and plantations takes you to a small local farm for a Tasting of local fruit.
Further on, you will learn how coconut sugar is made and the process of preserving fruit and vegetables.
In the late morning, return to your hotel to refresh and prepare for a Thai culinary experience. You will try the difficult task of preparing lunch. You will learn the secrets of Thai cuisine and the foods used.
In the afternoon you will then visit Wat Bang Kung, located in the Bang Kung Navy Camp which was built to support King Ayutthaya's Army. Statues showing the different combat techniques are aligned but the main attraction remains the temple that was literally invaded by the roots of an immense banyan.
Return to the hotel, free dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: Amphawa - Home Krateng - Bangkok
Breakfast at the hotel and free time until departure for a day out of the ordinary.
Depart from Amphawa to head towards the sea and a fishing village, Home Krateng. The Krateng are fishermen and "oyster farmers". They cultivate oysters and shells in very special parks, surrounded by houses on piles in the middle of the sea.
You embark in a traditional long-tailed boat for a ride in the surrounding mangroves or it's developed a very particular ecosystem. A community of swimmers lives there and they love bananas. You will be able to feed some of them if they have not yet come to pilfer the bananas in the boat.
Leaving the forest of mangroves, it is a wonderful and unexpected panorama that is offered to you: a "forest" of houses and restaurant on stilts. Sail to the lunch place (restaurant on stilts) where you can enjoy delicious local dishes.
Return to the mainland then to Bangkok to your hotel or airport according to the continuation of your program.
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