|BBQ shellfish and Chai tea for sale from boats along the steps in Amphawa|
Again, you'll see very few farang and not much English in the signage, other than brand names and other related advertising, such as a restaurant sign or an ad for lodging.
There's enough English spoken that a Western visitor shouldn't feel uncomfortable being there taking pictures, trying to buy something or dining in one of dozens of restaurants, so don't let that keep you away from this satisfying experience of semi-immersion, unless you're clumsy on the stairs to the khlong and end up in the murky water, and that would be total immersion.
A good number of the items were "same same" as you'd see in most other open market areas, but there were subtle differences. For example, there was more packaging in Thai, and things like the sweets below (an uncommon item to begin with, as the Thai don't consume candy like we in the West do).
Packaged candies by the cartload
Above is another look at yesterday's BBQ muk, or squid (ika, to my Japanese readers) - and while it was good, I have a difficult time getting past the sometimes rubbery consistency of it. When it's dried and sold with other fish - as in the photo below - I have trouble getting past the strong fishy taste. Not a favorite of mine, either way. Many of my friends don't feel it's a meal without a muk dish, so I usually make a gracious effort to join them when it's offered, but more often than not I beg off with the "gosh, everything was so good I'm just too full!" ploy.
The chompu/chompoo (Rose Apple) is a common fruit in Thailand; available almost everywhere, year 'round. I think they're a good substitute for an apple, myself. I like apples to be crisp, and I'm often disappointed by the ones brought in that I find in the stores and markets there.
A fruit vendor arranges red chompu on his boat, stopped at the Amphawa Floating Market
The Rose Apple has an inner center that's usually best scraped away, and can have a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but the fruit can be easily washed off, making it a safe thing for those of you wish sensitive systems to eat. Plus, it gives your system a little fiber and some liquid.
A woman selects rose apples to purchase from a boat in Amphawa
Next time, more from the market.