We are on the road once again! This time, we visited one of our ASEAN Artists Cheeztapaul in his cozy hometown of Amphawa in Samut Songkram. He and his friends has taken us out to the most famous Floating Market in Thailand, Amphawa Floating Market. The market is only open on the weekends, from Friday thru Sunday; early morning till late at night. There are various activities you can do to enjoy the natural scenery and the local lifestyle that is being preserved.
Amphawa is located along the Mae Klong River. Back in history, before roads were built and became the main form of transportation, we traveled by boats and the Mae Klong River served as the golden route of Water Trade.
We arrived in Amphawa in the afternoon and stayed at River Coco Boutique Resort for the weekend. As the night crept in, we all headed out to experience the night life of Amphawa River Market. We found a traditional Coconut Leaf Toy shop reflecting wisdom of the past. Every part of a coconut leaf is put to use and weaved into different beautiful shapes and forms for hanging in baby cribs. What a way to create beauty from nature without creating waste!
Ian got himself a Thai-style iced coffee as we were touring the area, regardless of the time of day it is. Bolan Coffee or Thai-style coffee is made from a special kind of ground coffee in a large pot of boiling water. The coffee liquid is then mix with condensed milk and liquid creamer for super rich flavors. You can find shops like this everywhere in Thailand and it costs just a little over $1 to enjoy. Click here to find out how you can make one at home.
If you visit Amphawa during Rainy season (May to October), we recommend you purchase a Firefly Tour. It is a peak season for Fireflies here and you could cruise along the river and enjoy fireflies lighting up the trees along the river like it's Christmas.
We asked Cheeztapaul why he decided to move to Amphawa. He told us that it is much better for him to concentrate and produce his work when he's not in the city. The contrast of buzzing night life and the serene daylight beauty give way to his inspiration. The way he creates an art piece is comprised of many elements and compositions. His latest collection "SLANG" is inspired by the words High Key and Low Key, displayed in American Sign language. The color choice is Black and White to showcase how low key the color is for many. However, when it is done right, you will be captivated at how the paintings seems to come alive.