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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 see 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 thrice a day: 6:20am, 10:20am and 2:30pm. We would witness the last train departure, at 2:30PM.

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 shops 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 to 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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Thailand 2012: Psy in Bangkok, Siam Ocean World

Date: 27th November 2012

The previous day (26th November) was spent… nowhere. When I woke up, it was raining heavily. I had breakfast from the hotel restaurant and then just stayed indoors for much of day, doing some work online. The plan for today was to go to Maeklong ‘Railway’ Market, but it was far out and given the weather conditions, there was no guarantee I would get there in time for me to see the trains pass through.

Today (27th November), the weather only got slightly better.

Magnum chocolate truffle
I had a Magnum for ‘breakfast’

I decided to have an early lunch and walked around the area heading towards Asoke BTS.

Shalimar Indian restuarant Bangkok
I ended up find this spot on Soi 11, choc full of restaurants and a few pubs

I ate at Shalimar Sharma’s (pictured above) simply because I had reached that stage when I missed Indian masala. It had a North Indian thali which cost ฿250. Feeling full, I then began my day by going to Siam Center.

Siam Center stage setup Bangkok
I had seen a huge billboard stating Psy would be appearing on stage here today
Psy press conference stage Bangkok
Even though I was officially sick of the song, I thought why not just get a glimpse of the guy in person at this press conference
Psy press conference Bangkok
Being a work day, there weren’t too many fans either. Mostly press, and tourists.
Gangnam Style dance Siam Paragon Bangkok
I heard way too much “Gangnam Style” in Thailand. Like, every-freaking-day!
Elephants Gangnam style dance
“Gangnam Style”-fever reached fever pitch in Thailand, they even made elephants do the dance
Gangnam Style Psy in Bangkok
Psy was finally in the building!
Psy in Bangkok
Before taking to the stage, Psy left a message for the King of Thailand, who was hospitalized
Bangkok passengers Siam BTS station
Even passengers waiting for the train were looking at what was going on

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