Sunday, December 9, 2012


The small town of Amphawa, around 75 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, has managed to retain its classic rural Thai charm. The town received an award from UNESCO in 2008 for its efforts to conserve the centuries-old teak wood homes and temples that line the canal.

A mid-week visit offers the chance to be swept up in Amphawa’s ultra-relaxed atmosphere. Old houses line the east to west flowing Amphawa canal through town, and we had the opportunity to spend some time in a homestay in one of the historic canal-side houses close to the floating market.

After their experience working with elephants in Northern Thailand, the kids were not happy to see this elephant made to work on the streets for the entertainment of the tourists.