Sunday, August 13, 2017

AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET IS LOCAL THAIS' FAVORITE AND THOUGH NOT AS FAMOUS AS BANGKOK'S RENOWNED DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET, IT IS THE MOST AUTHENTIC FLOATING MARKET OF ITS GENRE AS IT IS FREQUENTED MOSTLY BY LOCAL THAIS AND BANGKOKIANS SO YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT! IN FACT I ONLY SAW A HANDFUL OF 'FARANG' OR 'MAT SALLEH' OR 'WHITES'! AMPHAWA TOWN AND ITS FLOATING MARKET IS 50 KM FROM BANGKOK SO IT MAKES A GREAT DAY TRIP. IT OPENS AT 12 NOON SO NO EARLY WAKE-UP CALL! THE HIGHLIGHT IS A BOAT RIDE ON THE CANAL IN A MASSAGE BOAT! YES, A MASSAGE BOAT WHERE I ENJOYED A RELAXING FEET MASSAGE FOLLOWED BY SHOULDER MASSAGE IN A PRIVATE BOAT FOR 6 PERSONS COSTING 5,000 BAHT! IMAGINE GETTING YOUR FEET AND TOES MASSAGED AND KNEADED WHILE YOU SOAK IN THE SIGHTS, SMELLS, SMELLS AND SHADES OF AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET!

KEE@FSWMAG.COM

THE FEET/TOES/SHOULDER MASSAGE ON A FLOWER-DECKED BOAT MANNED BY EXPERT WOMEN MASSEURS LASTS 2 HOURS AND IS AN EXPERIENCE YOU MUST ENJOY!


It is a totally near-surreal treat as it is a world apart from the usual canal ride that costs 50 baht per person! 


In 2008 the region was awarded an Honorary Mention Award from UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.


From Bangkok you can go to Amphawa by bus or train or taxi costing a whopping RM 150 each way so why crack your brains wondering and planning? Do like me, hire a tour guide to take you round---the time you waste getting lost, asking for directions and getting frustrated is worth the price! 

Contact Pinky, a very nice lady with decades of experience and vast local knowledge and she can book a massage boat at best rates! 

pinky.jw9848@gmail.com
+66 81 3729 848


 DATO KEE HUA CHEE ABOUT TO EAT RAW FISH! SO DARING
 SINCE HE HAS A BIG MOUTH IN EVERY SENSE, HE DECIDES TO GOBBLE 2 LIVE FISH
DATO KEE HUA CHEE DECIDING WHICH FISH TO EAT FIRST
RICHARD LIM OF TAT TOURISM AUTHORITY THAILAND FOLLOWS SUIT BY EATING THIS RAW FISH WHICH SEEMS TO FIGHT BACK BY SNARLING OPEN ITS MOUTH
SELECTION OF FISH FRESHLY CAUGHT FROM SEA  
 TAKE YOUR PICK
 BIG AND SMALL YOU CHOOSE 
 MUSSELS, PRAWNS AND EVEN MONITOR LIZARDS! 
 BIG, NASTY LOOKING AND SCARY BIAWAK!
 FEAR NOT
 OPEN MOUTH AND SWALLOW
 EAT FIRST, TALK LATER
FISH AND PRAWNS AS KEY CHAINS? OMIGOD SO THEY ARE ACTUALLY CUSHIONS! GOTCHA! 


ARTISTIC
 POMELOS SO CHEAP AND EVERYTHING CHEAP LAH COMPARED TO MALAYSIA! THAILAND IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WHERE OUR WEAK RINGGIT CAN STILL GO FAR! FORGET LONDON OK
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 AMPHAWA IS FAMOUS FOR BANANAS TOO








ARTISTIC SHOT
 AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET








 SO CHEAP THESE JAMBU!








 LOCAL DELICACY




 MINI CABINETS TO KEEP AMULETS AND TREASURES
 FAMOUS CELEBRITIES HAVE ENJOYED THIS FAMOUS ICE CREAM!
 THE OWNER AND MAKER OF THE BEST ICE CREAM IN AMPHAWA!
  HE LOOKS DELICIOUS TOO
 SO PHOTOGENIC! ANYHOW AND ANYWHERE IN AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET IS PHOTOGENIC OK!








 SEAT WITH A VIEW
 RELAXING


























 LOOK AT THE MINI BLOOMS
 LUNCH
 RICHARD AND FARA SO HAPPY












 HAND WOVEN HATS FOR RM 6.50 AND FANS FOR RM 2.60
 FEW FARANGS COME HERE SO IT'S NOT A TOURIST TRAP AS LOCALS COME HERE




 REAL FISH THIS TIME




 LIKE ALL CIVILISED AND CULTURALLY ADVANCED SOCIETIES, THAIS TAKE THEIR PETS OUT AND THE LADY IS TALKING TO HER WHITE CAT! 
 COUPLE TAKING THEIR SON OUT FOR A DAY TRIP
DARLING DOGGIE!






 GOOD FENG SHUI AS NAGA FACES WATER












 




 THAT'S MY SHOE




 FULLHOUSE SUMORE
 ANTON AND DWIN
 OH NO WHAT HAS DWIN DONE! 
 HAIR LIMP FROM HEAT
 LUCKY OTHER PART NOT LIMP
 OUR MASSAGE BOAT!


 2 MODES OF TRAVEL
 
   
 PINKY FALLS ASLEEP 
 VIEW FROM OUR MASSAGE BOAT!
 DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND RICHARD LIM BUT LOOK WHO IS PHOTO-BOMBING!
 SAME SAME


















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 ENJOYING A PEACEFUL SNOOZE






 GETTING READY TO MASSAGE OUR FEET


 SO FIERCE THIS PAIR
 THIS IS CHERN MY MASSEUR WHICH MEANS 'MOONLIGHT' AND SHE IS MOST BEAUTIFUL TO MATCH DATO KEE HUA CHEE AS THE BEST GETS THE BEST
 MOONLIGHT WORKS ON DATO KEE HUA CHEE
 MASSEUR AT LEFT IS RICHARD LIM'S PUNYA...MINE PRETTIER RIGHT?


 DATO KEE HUA CHEE LOOKING SO RADIANT AFTER USING SK-II
 PINKEE!
 ROSEE!
 STILL GLOWING
 THE HEAT IS ON!
 MY CANON M10 TAKES BRILLIANT SELFIES
 I MUST SAY MY COMPLEXION SO ROSY AFTER USING SK-II! 
 MOONLIGHT IS BEST!






 IS THAT A BOAT? ARTFULLY INCORPORATED INTO A HOUSE? INGENIOUS!
 YES BUT THIS IS TOO GRAND TO BE A BOATHOUSE!
 ELEGANT WEEKEND HOME FOR LUCKY RICH OWNER


 ROSY AND PINKY
 TOOTHY AND SPECKY
 ONE MUST LOOK GLAMOROUS EVEN WHEN GETTING MASSAGED
 DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND DATO KEE HUA CHEE








 MY SUNGLASSES AT EASE


  HAPPY TO MASSAGE US


 EXQUISITE
 GRAND HOLIDAY HOMES


 SHE KNOWS MY WEAK POINTS
 MY FOOT IS ALMOST TOUCHING HER BOOB BUT NOT YET
 SHE IS THE PRETTIEST SINCE I THE MOST GORGEOUS AS WE NEED TO MATCH
 LOOKS LIKE MY FOOT IS PRESSING ON HER BOOB BUT NOT SO!
 HAPPY HUES


 NICE HOLIDAY HOMES
 PRETTY PLACE FOR PICNIC
 PRETTY PAVILION
 DUNNO WHAT HE IS DOING. HE CAN'T BE PEEING RIGHT?








 SUCH A PRETTY PAIR
 NECK MASSAGE  
 SHE IS NOT PRAYING TO RICHARD LIM BUT POUNDING HIM
 LAST LOOKEE ON BOATEE
 JETTY 
 FARA AND RICHARD LIM


 MACKEREL
 MANY TOURISTS BUY FROM HER JUST TO HELP OUT AS SHE WEAVES THEM HERSELF AND AT THIS AGE TOO! I ADMIRE AND RESPECT HER SO MUCH AS SHE IS DETERMINED TO EKE A MEAGRE LIVING RATHER THAN BEG OR DEPEND ON OTHERS. LONG MAY SHE PROSPER
 WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT AND I PRAY SHE MAKES GOOD SALES


 WHY IS HE COVERING HIS MOUTH LIKE THIS? IS HE ABOUT TO THROW UP OR WHAT? OR HE JUST SAW ME?
 LOVE THE 10 BAHT TAGS---ONLY RM 1.30!
  
 I SWEAR I DIDN'T POSE THESE 2 DARLING DOGGIES SLEEPING SO ARTISTICALLY AS IF POSING FOR MY CANON M10 CAMERA!
 CUTEST!
 THE GOOD LIFE IS SLEEPING WHERE YOU PLEASE, IN THIS CASE AT THE ENTRANCE OF 7-ELEVEN! 
WALAO EH!