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What has fast become one of the most popular shopping hubs in Asia, Bangkok is a dream destination for shopaholics. From sprawling mega malls that feature the latest designer clothing to lively markets where bargaining is the order of the day, the Thai capital offers plenty of opportunity to indulge in a non-stop shopping excursion that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Of course the city also gives you a chance to enjoy a rather unique shopping experience which is more traditional and one that showcases cultural elements too; the floating markets. Those in search of such an attraction should definitely make time to head to the Amphawa Floating Market.
Located around 50 kms from the capital, this well known market takes place in a village area and is a huge draw amongst locals as well. One of the most popular floating markets, it provides a more authentic experience than compared with other such markets ensuring a truly memorable day out. Beginning from around noon, these boats are mainly centred around the area’s central bridge and are known to sell a delectable array of grilled seafood ranging from squid to prawns.
Once you reach the market head down the steps that lead to the area where many of the boats are docked at. The price of the food is given according to the weight, so the more you buy the more it will cost, but conversely if you have a small appetite, the food will be cheaper! After purchasing the particular food item from one of the boats, you can sit along the waterway or walk further afield in order to find a better place to enjoy your meal. There are also several restaurants here where you can try the mouth watering array of local dishes. Since the Amphawa Floating Market is so popular it is best to arrive here around 10 in the morning and set off once you have had your fill since it can get very crowded.
Travellers on the lookout for a luxury hotel in Bangkok which to base themselves at and from which to make trips to such attractions can consider Metropolitan Bangkok. This centrally located Bangkok luxury hotel can be found in the Sathorn area and is also within easy reach of another famous shopping site, the Patong Night Market.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.