Chotika Riverfront Amphawa
The water-front wooden house has been renovated into comfortable guestrooms that welcome any visitor wishing to enjoy the charming view of the Meklong River and to get to know the families of the riverfront communities whose daily activities still depend on the natural water source, as in the old days.
Chotika Riverfront House projects out into the Meklong River, providing a panoramic view - especially at night when beautiful lights coming from the distant temples and private wooden homes can be seen. The House also extends into the Meklong Canal, creating a private and peaceful atmosphere where guests can indulge themselves with Thailand’s best tropical fruits of Samutsongkram province, including bananas, pommelos, lychees and coconuts.
History of Chotika Riverfront House
Chotika Riverfront House was first built in 1942 by Khun Veerakom and Khun Banjong Chotikapanich. The property is adjacent to their private home and the Bangjak Canal, the Meklong River and the Chotikapanich timber yard — their family business.
The house was first rented out as store space during the days when road transport was not so common, with commercial activities being undertaken along the waterways. Over 20 years ago, residents living near rivers and canals mainly commuted with their boats — traditional long tail or motorized. This generated income for various types of waterfront businesses including drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, gold stores, clinics, tailors, and photographic labs ect.
Bangjak Canal was also famous for its floating market which was held every morning of the 1st, 6th, 11th days of the lunar half-cycle. On these days, you could witness hundreds of boats crowding the canal and spilling out onto the Meklong River. Some of these traveled all the way from Ratchaburi, Petchburi and Kanchanaburi provinces carrying rice for sale or barter. Only until 30 years ago could such commercial activities be seen along rivers and canals. These trading gatherings at Bangjak Canal, as well as at other ones, slowly disappeared as road transport became more developed and traders preferring to commute by cars, buses and motorcycles.