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Amphawa floating market boats Thailand

Thailand 2015: Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram

Date: 03 April 2015

After seeing the oddity that was the Maeklong Railway Market, the next stop on our tour was Amphawa Floating market. I had been to the more popular Damnoen Saduak floating market back in 2010 but I heard that Amphawa was the floating market that more Thais visit.

It’s also a lot bigger.

After we got out of our tour van, we were told by the guide that we could roam freely for up to an hour or so. We would then meet back to go for a boat ride to see fireflies.

Amphawa floating market fruit vendor
At first glance it didn’t appear as too touristy as Damnoen Saduak
Aamphawapanich eatery Thailand
But you realize soon enough that there is no shortage of cafes, eateries and stores largely catering to tourists. There’s a good number of Thai visitors too.
Amphawa floating market stalls Thailand
You also had shopping centres like this one which sold knick-knacks, souvenirs…
Dunk Thai girl Amphawa market
… and games like ‘dunk tank a girl’
Boat ride Amphawa floating market
We could pay extra to have a boat take us around the river. I don’t remember how much it was cost per person but it wasn’t too high.
Amphawa floating market canal Thailand
The boat cruises along very slowly through these canals

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Maeklong railway market train

Thailand 2015: 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.

Thailand 2012: Madame Tussauds, Asiatique and leaving Bangkok

Date: 27th November 2012

I left Siam Ocean World and walked to Siam Discovery. It was still raining, but I still made my way to the top of Siam Discovery, where Madame Tussauds was situated.

Madame Tussauds elevator Bangkok
This was inside the elevator up
Madame Tussauds Bangkok entrance
Madame Tussauds is on the 6th floor
MBK BTS track from Siam Discovery
Hello MBK
Madame Tussauds Bangkok king Thailand
Various photos of King Bhumibol lined the entrance
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
You begin with the History zone of great leaders
Mahatma Gandhi Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Mahatma Gandhi is the very first wax figure
Chairman Mao Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Chairman Mao
Princess Diana Madame Tussauds Bangkok
The much beloved Princess Diana
Madame Tussauds Bangkok world leaders
You then have a selection of world leaders

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