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Photos and stories from many of my travels in the past 5 years

Aguada Fort lighthouse Goa India

A Goa holiday can be more than just beaches

I’ve been to Goa twice in the past. For my first visit, I was mostly based in the southern part of Goa. Colva was lovely, with its pristine beaches and less commercial buzz (well, compared to Calangute). Our hotel booking was made over the phone based on prior recommendations and it was a nice budget hotel right by the beachside.

Colva beach sunny Goa India
Colva’s main beach, on a nice sunny day. Amazing isn’t it?

For my second visit, I stayed in Panjim but spent most of our time relaxing in Goa’s popular beaches up north. You know, the usual Baga, Anjuna and a visit to Fort Aguada. Both trips were lovely, no doubt, but at the same time, I felt I hadn’t seen what else Goa tourism had to offer besides the seaside views and the beach shacks. Continue reading “A Goa holiday can be more than just beaches” »

Maeklong railway market train

Thailand: Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram

Date: 03 April 2015

The few days I was in Bangkok after my amazing first visit to Japan, I made the most of it and saw some places I hadn’t been to yet. I had been longing to visit the famous but not-easy-to-get-to Maeklong Railway market (Talad Rom Hub in Thai) in Samut Songkhram province, just outside Bangkok. So I was happy to get a tour which combined the railway market and Amphawa Floating market in one day tour. It cost around 1700 baht but I felt it’s better than trying to go there myself on my own.

Fortunately no early morning pick-up for this tour. We were told we only need to be at Maeklong post noon as that’s when we could see the train depart. The train departs from Maeklong station just a few times a day. We would witness the last train departure for today.

Maeklong railway crossing Thailand
We reached the railway crossing at around 3PM. We were directed to the left side first.
Maeklong railway station Thailand
This is Maeklong station, from where the train departs. Now more of a tourist commercial zone than a rail station.
Maeklong Ladyai station board Thailand
The train departs from Maeklong four times a day according to this timetable on Railway Thailand’s website
Maeklong station Samut songhkram Thailand
I walked across to the other side
Talad Rom Hub railway track market
Talad Rom Hub, as this place is called locally, is like no other fresh market I’ve seen
Seafood railway market Samut Songkhram
I’ve seen stuff being sold on railway platforms and at rural stops before… but never this close to the railway tracks or on it!
Prawns Crabs market Maeklong Thailand
Lots of fresh seafood
Talad Rom Hub streetside vendor Thailand
And cooked seafood
Frogs Maeklong fresh market Thailand
And… frogs
Vegetables market Maeklong Thailand
I wonder how many locals shop here though
Samut Songkhram umbrella market Thailand
Most of the crowds I saw were tourists
Shop umbrella maeklong market Thailand
These shopfront umbrellas would be going up in a bit
Folding umbrella shops Maeklong Railway market
The horn was blown from the station and the vendors knew it was time
Maeklong railway market tourists Thailand
And tourists like me all prepared ourselves to capture the train passing through
Maeklong railway market Samut Thailand
Here comes the choo-choo 🙂

Here’s a short video I made. Observe how tight the gap is when the train passes through!

It was short but still felt worth it. Ever since I’ve heard about the Maeklong train market, I have really wanted to come and see this train pass through the market first hand. Satisfied, we re-grouped and headed back to our van.

Next, we would stop at Amphawa Floating Market.

Toyota Chaser Castrol rally sport car

Japan: Toyota History Garage + Mega Web Showcase, and Venus Fort mall

Date: 28th March 2015

After checking out the giant Gundam robot at Diver City mall, I walked across over to Palette Town.

Way to Palette town Odaiba Japan
Palette Town is a complex containing Venus Fort mall, a large ferris wheel, a Toyota museum and a large showroom
Diver City mall Fuji TV building
I would return to the Fuji TV building before leaving

As I walked towards Palette town, I entered through the Toyota History Garage — one of the attractions here. Continue reading “Japan: Toyota History Garage + Mega Web Showcase, and Venus Fort mall” »

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