Travellers looking for something different should visit Ampawa, a small hamlet located in the in the heart of the Mae Klong delta, just south of Bangkok. This area is part of the “green ring” that surrounds Bangkok, where numerous pomelo, mango, grape, guava, jackfruit, coconut and banana orchards are found. An intricate maze of canals and waterways connects this fertile land with the capital. Ampawa is the home of Thailand’s legendary floating markets, as well as the highest concentration of temples in the kingdom.
In the heart of the village, the newly opened Chotika Riverfront is a very small resort comprised of rooms created from 80-year-old canal–front stores reminiscent of a bygone era, when rivers and canals were the heart of the community. Guests stay in mini-suites that open onto a private canal path. In the morning, monks from a local temple paddle onto the canal to collect alms, and guests can ‘make merit’ right in front of their rooms.