Central Thailand Travel
(Alluvial Plains, Ancient Palaces And Temples)

Bangkok Province

The Central Thailand region is best known because it encompasses  the bustling metropolis known as Bangkok.  Along with the provinces of Ayutthaya and Lopburi this region provides visitors with several of the best places to visit within Thailand.  

The broad central plains that are laced with rivers including the mighty Chao Phraya (the largest in Thailand) provide a plentiful water supply to this central region of Thailand (which is one of the most fertile regions in Asia).  Such fertility of the soil has allowed Thailand to practice wet-rice cultivation for thousands of years and within the central region farmers are able to cultivate three crops per year which has been enough to feed the entire nation.  

BACKGROUND

Also known as the rice bowl of Asia, the province of Bangkok reached it's present geographical size in 1972 when the Thai government merged it with the provinces of Thonburi and Phra Nakhon.  Bangkok or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (i.e. the "city of angels") as it is known is now home to over 10.5 million Thai people.

Apart from the famous Bangkok nightlife with it's late night bars and spectacular restaurants serving up traditional Thai cuisine Bangkok offers a variety of activities to cater to most tastes and budgets. Bangkok is also known as a shoppers paradise as you can source just about any imaginable product from department stores and markets in this city. It has to be one of the most popular central Thailand travel destinations. 

Chatuchak Weekend Market (Central Thailand Travel)

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is a fabulous old-fashioned outdoor weekend market that has been operating for around 65 years.  It is the largest market operating in Thailand and apparently one of the largest in the world.  The site has grown from being what was once just a popular place for traders and wholesalers to meet to become one of the most noted landmarks in Bangkok. 

This is a genuine Thai market and not a tourist trap pretending to be a market as can be found at other places within Thailand.  As such the prices are representative of local Thai prices and most of the merchandise comes from Thai factories and outlets and not from China.  This market should be on every person's central Thailand travel itinerary (Click here to read more). 

GETTING THERE

The Chatuchak Weekend Market is located adjacent to the MRT Kamphaeng Phet Station (i.e. train/ subway). If using the BTS Skytrain, take the Sukhumvit line and exit at Mo Chit Station. The Market is only a short walk across the road so just follow the crowds.  The market opens on Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 8AM and 6 PM.

Khao San Road (Central Thailand Travel)

Khao San Road which is located in Bangkok within the Banglamphu district, has become a tourist mecca for budget minded foreign tourists especially backpackers for well over 30 years.  Consequently, this 1 kilometre stretch of road has been named by some as the backpacker's travel hub of southeast Asia.

This area has changed significantly since it's early days as a trading post for local farmers wishing to sell their Khaosan ( i.e. raw rice). The name of this rice trade was eventually applied to road where this activity occurred.  This area is definitely worth adding to your cental Thailand travel list (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

If you are traveling on the BTS Skytrain on the Silom line exit at Saphan Taksin Station (which is the last stop before the Chao Phraya River).

From the Sheraton pier you can take an express boat to the Sathorn pier. You will then need to take the express boat further to the Phra Arthit pier. Khaosan Road is only a short walk from here so just follow the other tourists if you don't have a street map.

Grand Palace (Central Thailand Travel)

Any central Thailand travel plans should include a visit to the Grand Palace or Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang.  This spectacular complex of royal and religious buildings represents the spiritual heart of Bangkok, being it's most famous landmark. This royal building was home to Thailand's Kings from the time of its construction in 1782 (during the reign of Rama 1) until 1932.  However, Thailand's present King, Bhumibol Adulyadej resides at the Chitralada Palace.

The entire complex is testament to the Thai craftsmanship which was employed during the construction of these buildings.  The level of intricate detail and creativity that can be seen and admired both on the buildings and their adornments is truly breathtaking (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The Grand Palace is located on Na Phra Lan Road Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200.  The palace opens daily between 8.30 AM and 3.30 PM and tickets cost 400 Thai baht for foreigners.

It is also located close to the Maharaj Pier along the Chao Phrayo River. Being such a popular attraction in Bangkok, most taxi drivers and tourists operators will get you there. 

Wat Arun Rajwarram Temple (Central Thailand Travel)


The Wat Arun Rajwarram Temple, or Temple of the Dawn is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River at Thonburi, and a must see site for people conducting central Thailand travel. This was once the chief temple in Bangkok during the reign of King Taksin (i.e. Thonburi period 1767-1782) and it previously enshrined the Emerald Buddha. Today, this is a popular tourist attraction due in part to the Khmer architectural style of this Buddhist Temple.

The main feature of Wat Arun Rajwarram Temple is the stunning central structure with its associated prang/chedi while a number of smaller prangs surround the central tower.

In fact the main tower of this temple is said to rise to a height of over 100 metres, with the exterior of the tower being decorated in porcelain which is said to have been taken from the ballast of boats which had arrived from China.

GETTING THERE

The Wat Arun Rajwarram Temple is open daily to the public between the hours of 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM and well worth a visit. The admission fee is 20 baht.

Due to the location of Wat Arun Rajwarram Temple is can be accessed by taxi via Arun Amarin Road or by the Chao Phraya River express boat which you can catch at most of the piers along the Chao Phraya River.

Jim Thompson House Museum (Central Thailand Travel)

The Jim Thompson House Museum is a truly unique Bangkok museum because the collection of antique Thai dwellings on display were both purchased and compiled by an American citizen named Jim Thompson during the 1950s and 1960s. 

Thompson rose to prominence in Thailand due to his work in the Thai silk industry but in 1967 he disappeared under mysterious circumstances while on holiday (Click here to read more).  

GETTING THERE

The Jim Thompson House Museum is located at soi Kasem San 2, Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan province, Bangkok and is situated in walking distance to the BTS Skytrain National Stadium Station (i.e. on the left side or opposite MBK shopping centre).  There is a sign pointing the way under the soi Kasem San 2 sign.

Wat Pho Temple (Central Thailand Travel)

If you would like visit an historical Bangkok landmark that has cultural significance for Thai people then you may enjoy a visit to the Wat Pho Temple. Wat Pho Temple, also known as the Temple of the reclining Buddha (or Wat Phra Chetuphon) is the largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok and perhaps within central Thailand.

While the Wat Pho Temple replaced an earlier temple that existed on this site, work on the present Wat commenced back in 1788 under the guidance of Rama I (1782-1809) and wasn't completed until approximately seven and a half years later.

A later restoration project on this Temple was undertaken by Rama III (1824-1851) which took over sixteen years to finalise, and further work was completed in 1982 under the guidance of Thailand's present King, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).

In my view, the most spectacular aspect of this Temple is the gold leaf covered statue of the reclining Buddha which was constructed during the reign of Rama III. The reclining Buddha is some 46 metres in length, over 15 metres in height and the feet of the statue measure 3 metres in length.

While the site also houses over 1,000 other Buddha images, and a well respected Thailand massage school, it is the reclining Buddha (which is also decorated in mother-of-pearl) that makes this a must see destination in Bangkok (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The Reclining Buddha Bangkok and Wat Po are located at 2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Sub-district, Pranakorn District, Bangkok Thailand 10200. 

The best way to travel to Wat Po is by boat or taxi.  You can catch a ferry (i.e. the Chao Phraya River Express) to the Tha Thien Pier, then it's just a short walk.

There is a 100 Thai baht entrance fee for adults and remember to dress modestly as Thai people consider this to be a sacred site.

Siam Niramit (Central Thailand Travel)

The Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok Thailand is an epic stage production that incorporates elaborate sets and over 150 performers.  With stunning choreography and state of the art special effects this production takes the audience along a cultural journey regarding the birth of Thai civilization. 

Everything about this production is on a grand scale including the massive stage itself is approximately 12 metres high and stretches across the entire width of the theater (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The Siam Niramit complex is located in central Bangkok opposite the Thailand Cultural Centre at 19 Tiamruammit Road. You can travel to the theater using the Bangkok MRT (i.e. subway train) and exit at the Thailand Cultural Centre Station.

For convenience a free shuttle bus leaves the Thailand Cultural Centre Metro Station every 15 minutes taking visitors to Siam Niramit between the hours of 6 PM and 7.45 PM.

Gates are open from 5.30 PM to allow access to the Sawasdee Restaurant.

Tickets range between 1,500-2,000 Thai baht per person which includes dinner and the show.

Asiatique The Riverfront (Central Thailand Travel)

Asiatique the Riverfront is a trendy Bangkok shopping and dining precinct which opened in April of 2012 is laid out over 12 acres of refurbished waterfront land along the Chaya Phraya River.

I first visited this Bangkok market during January of 2014 and it had a festival feel to it, due to the beautiful Christmas lights that were  on  display along with a brightly lit Ferris wheel, which is said to be the largest in Thailand (Click here to read more). 

GETTING THERE

Asiatique the Riverfront is located at 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Prayakrai, Bangkoleam, Bangkok Thailand 10120.  It is open 7 days a week and starts at 4 PM and closes around 12 AM.  

The market is located about 3 kilometres away from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station and there is a free shuttle Ferry located at the Sheraton Pier close by.  Alternatively, you can catch a taxi from whichever hotel you are staying at.

Joe Louis Theatre (Central Thailand Travel)

The Joe Louis Puppet Theatre (JLPT) which is located in Bangkok at Asiatique the Riverfront on the Chao Phraya River, is one of Thailand's cultural treasures.  While the founder of the JLPT (Sakorn Yang-keawsot or Joe Louis) passed away in 2007 his theatre company has continued on with the legacy that the master puppeteer started himself back in 1985.

Located at the trendy new Asiatique the Riverfront lifestyle and shopping complex (located alongside the Chao Phrayo River) the JLPT is world renowned for its authentic Thai style of puppetry (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The JLPT is located at Asiatique the Riverfront at 2194 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Prayakrai Bangkoleam, Bangkok Thailand 10120.

Asiatique is open 7 days a week between 4 PM and 12 AM.  It can be accessed by taxi, or if you travel on the BTS Skytrain there is a free shuttle Ferry from the Sheraton Pier, which is located close to Saphan Taksin Station on the Silom line (which is the last stop before the Chao Phraya River).

Aksra Theatre (Central Thailand Travel)

Another popular cultural show in Bangkok and central Thailand is the Ramakian Show which is held within the state of the art Aksra Theatre. With seating for around 600 guests, this venue houses a variety of cultural events, but it is the performance of the knee high puppets by the Aksra Hun Lakorn Lek troupe that is the most entertaining to watch.

The 45 minute show incorporates puppets, classical dance, and orchestral music to relate scenes from the Ramayana epic story. The complex also includes a restaurant if you wish to include dinner with the show. There is also a souvenir shop and bar and restaurant located within the complex.

Ticket prices range between 400-600 baht.

Show times occur 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM Monday to Wednesday.

Dinner shows 6.30 PM to 7 PM Thursday to Sunday.

GETTING THERE

The show takes place on the third floor of the King Power Complex Building, located along 8/1 Rang Nam Road, Khet Ratchathewi within soi Rang Nam. If you are traveling on the BTS Skytrain exit at the Victory Monument Station and the theatre is but a short walk.

Bangkok Chinatown

Bangkok Chinatown is a must see central Thailand travel destination for any person visiting Thailand.  I first visited this part of Bangkok in 2010 and just loved the atmosphere.  This is one of the oldest parts of Bangkok city and with over 200 years of Thai-Chinese history at its present location you will feel as though you are stepping back in time. Chinatown is located within an area nestled in between the Chao Phraya River and  Yaowarat Road. 

It is along this main road where a hive of shopping activity occurs with the main gate or entrance being at the eastern end.  There are a number of smaller roads and alleys that intersect with the main thoroughfare including Rachawong, Charoen Krung, and Songwat roads; which all lie within the Samphanthawong district of Bangkok (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The best way to arrive at Chinatown is either by boat or taxi. If coming by boat exit at Rachawong Pier on the Chao Praya River and follow the crowds.

MBK Shopping Mall (Central Thailand Travel)

MBK Bangkok is a large multi-level shopping mall located in the Pathan Wan or Siam district, which is the hub of Thailand shopping.  Most tourists who visit Bangkok do so to experience the world famous shopping which provides opportunities for savvy shoppers to gab some really good bargains. 

MBK provides shoppers with not only a selection of the trendy international brand named goods, but also an assortment of well priced locally produced clothes which are of high quality (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

MBK Bangkok opens daily between the hours of 10 Am and 10 PM, 7 days a week and is located at 444 Phayathai Road Wangmai Pathumwan Bangkok Thailand 10330. 

The mall is located next to the BTS Skytrain Nation Stadium Station which is an integral component of the Bangkok Transport System.

Just exit at National Stadium Station and travel along the short covered walkway right to the front door of MBK.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall (Central Thailand Travel)

Siam Paragon shopping mall which is located in the heart of Bangkok Thailand, provides an up-market shopping experience for people who yearn for the finer things in life.  If your taste in shopping includes exotic brand named luxury goods, then I would highly recommend  a visit to this mall.  Siam Paragon is conveniently situated in the Pathumwan district next to the other popular shopping outlet known as MBK.    

 Dubbed the "jewel of Asia" this extravagant retail complex which opened back in 2005 caters to consumers with deep wallets who are interested in having both the latest and most expensive fashion items and motor vehicles (Click here to read more). 

GETTING THERE

Siam Paragon is conveniently located in the Pathum Wan district on Rama 1 Road next to the BTS Skytrain Siam Station.

Red Sky Restaurant (Central Thailand Travel)

This has to be one of the best five star dining venues on offer in the heart of Bangkok and central Thailand. My favorite dining venue called the Red Sky which is perched atop of the 54th and 55th floors of Centara Grand Centralworld (999/99 Rama 1 Road Pathum Wan district), supplies 360 degree panoramic views of Bangkok city (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The best way to travel to Red Sky is by taxi or if you are taking the BTS skytrain exit at Siam Station.

Sirocco Restaurant (Central Thailand Travel)

The Sirocco Restaurant and Sky Bar (or Dome at Lebua), located on the 63rd floor of the State Tower building in Bangkok, boasts the title of being the world's highest Al fresco restaurant. Built in 2003 this amazing sky bar with a roof top dome serves quality Mediterranean based meals sourcing ingredients from both Thailand and overseas markets.

With 270 degree panoramic views of Bangkok at night including the Chao Phraya River, accompanied by live jazz music and vocalists of international renown, the Sirocco is a very classy restaurant which provides a feeling of ambiance and quality to this dining experience. As with the Red Sky Restaurant, the cuisine isn't cheap but there's something unforgettable about dining at night high above the Bangkok landscape.  Add this destination to your central Thailand travel plans; you won't regret it.

The Sirocco Restaurant opens daily between the hours of 6 PM and 1 AM and food can be ordered until 11.30 PM.

GETTING THERE

The restaurant is located at 1055/42 Silom Road Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. The best way to get there is by taxi.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province
(Central Thailand)

Another province I would highly recommend as part of a central Thailand travel itinerary is that of the historical Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. This province was the ancient capital of Siam from 1350 A.D. to 1767 A.D. and is now a world heritage listed area due to the ancient ruins that are found here.

Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River this former Siamese kingdom and cosmopolitan city was world renowned for it's architectural beauty, technology and culture and as an important rice farming and trade centre.  With a former population of at least one million people this city was defined by having at least 375 monasteries and temples, 94 city gates and 29 fortresses.  

HISTORY AND TRADE

In fact Ayutthaya was known as a friendly trader during this period with several foreign countries including China, Japan, India, Britain, Persia Netherlands, and France. The influence and power of this kingdom was felt right across southeast Asia for over 400 years.

However, when the Burmese invaded and defeated the Kingdom of Siam in 1767 they almost entirely destroyed the magnificent Ayutthaya city.  Prior to this event the city of Ayutthaya had remained steadfast for more than four centuries under 33 reigns as the polital and cultural centre of the kingdom.  Only several buildings from this era  remain intact.  The countless ruins and thousands of headless Buddha statues are a constant reminder of the destruction caused by the Burmese invaders.

Today, Ayutthaya province (which is located approximately 80 kilometres north of Bangkok), has a number of historical destinations that provide the tourist with a snapshot back in time to the former glory and greatness of the Ayutthaya.  I visited this area in December 2013 and was amazed at the scale of the ruins on view. Continue reading on below regarding some of the best places to visit in Ayutthaya.

GETTING THERE

The easiest way to travel to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is by train or bus. Trains depart daily from Bangkok's Hualamphong station nearly every hour with the journey taking approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Buses depart from Bangkok's Northern bus terminal (at Mo Chit on Kamphaengphet 2 Road) approximately every 20 minutes with the journey taking around 2 hours.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (Central Thailand Travel)

The Bang Pa-In Palace is located approximately 60 kilometres north of Bangkok province within central Thailand.  This Stunning complex of royal buildings has been the summer residence of successive Kings of Thailand since 1632. 

Situated along the banks of the Chao Phraya River this royal palace was initially constructed by King Prasat Thong in 1632 and appears to incorporate European styling and architecture.  Well worth a visit for people looking for interesting day tours during their central Thailand travel (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The palace is located at Ban Len, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand.  The palace grounds are open daily between the hours of 8.30 AM and 4 PM and admission is 100 baht for foreigners. The best way to get there is by taxi or catching a ferry or the Chao Phraya Express Boat Service from the Prachan pier in Bangkok.

Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple (Central Thailand Travel)

Located in the southeast section of Ayutthaya the Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple was built around the year 1357 A.D. by King U Thong. This temple compound began its life as a Buddhist monastery but apparently as the kingdom began to flourish it became an important education and training centre for royal offspring. The temple was extended in 1592 by King Naresuen who added a bell shaped chedi to the top.

The surrounding grounds of the Temple house numerous statues of Buddha including a fifteen metre long reclining Budddha.

Within the Ordination Hall of the Great Pagoda of the Temple is the most sacred of these statues known as the Phra Buddha Chaimongkol. When the Burmese invaded in 1767 the Temple came under Burmese control for a number of decades.

Today though the Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple is one of the oldest and most sacred structures in Thailand and an important place of reflection and worship for Thai people.  Hence, this temple should be included within your central Thailand travel plans especially if you are visiting Ayutthaya.

GETTING THERE

Wat Yai Chaimongkol is located in the southeast area of the city and close to the central Ayutthaya ruins, thus you can take a short tuk tuk ride to get there.

The best way to get to Ayutthaya is by boat, utilising the the Chao Phraya Express Boat Service which departs from the Prachan Pier in Bangkok.

The site is open daily to the public between the hours of 8.30 AM and 4.30 PM and admission costs 20 baht.

Ayutthaya Floating Market and Water Theatre (Central Thailand Travel)

Despite having being described as a 'tourist trap', this central Thailand travel stop, known as 'the Ayutthaya Floating Market and Water Theatre', still provides a unique shopping experience.

The Floating Market consisted of a waterfront (i.e. over looking a small lake) styled complex which boasts around 80 individual stalls/shops including several restaurants which are all built upon piers. The entire complex which includes a Water Theatre is decorated to resemble a traditional Thai waterfront village.

In fact, while you are eating your lunch you can watch the performers of the Water Theatre conduct plays based upon traditional Thai Stories with some scenes being performed within the lake itself.

While it is true that this venue has likely been constructed solely as a tourist attraction and therefore lacks a sense of authenticity it is still worth seeing especially if you are in Ayutthaya visiting the city's ancient ruins.  

It is open daily to the public between the hours of 10 AM and 5.30 PM.

GETTING THERE

The floating market is located at 44 Moo, 5 Tambol Khlong Sabua, Amphur Phranakorn, Sri Ayutthaya, 13000, Thailand. The best way to get there is by tuk tuk.

Lopburi Province (Central Thailand)

No central Thailand travel plans should be without a visit to Lopburi province. Located approximately 150 kilometres to the northeast of Bangkok Lopburi covers an area of about 6,000 square kilometres and has a population of around 30,000 people.  

HISTORY

The history of this area dates back approximately 1000 years, as  between the 10th and 13th centuries the Khmers (i.e. Cambodian people) were in occupation.  Later, during the Ayutthaya period, this small city became the royal capital and home of King Narai (i.e. during the 17th century). He commissioned French architects to design many of the buildings during this period and these western design influences are still visible today.

However, apart from it's historical ruins Lopburi also contains large numbers of macaca monkey troops which roam the streets and congregate at several of the tourist locations. While they are fed by the local Thai people they will steal food and anything else they can from unsuspecting tourists as they have little fear of humans.

Although Lopburi city is quite small in size, it is nevertheless a very  interesting historical destination which is why anyone considering central  Thailand travel should also include Lopburi on their list.

GETTING THERE

Air-conditioned buses depart daily from Bangkok's Northern bus terminal (at Mo Chit on Kamphaengphet 2 Road) betweeen the hours of 5 AM and 8.30 PM. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

Trains depart daily from Bangkok's Hualamphong station on the northern line. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

Phra Prang Sam Yot (Central Thailand Travel)

Located approximately 200 metres from the Lopburi Railway Station is the central Thailand travel destination known as Phra Prang Sam Yot. It is said that this monument began as a Hindu shrine but under the Thai King Narai it was converted to a Buddhist temple.

The sandstone and laterite structure is easily recognizable by its three prangs or towers which rise to a height approximately 12 metres. A number of Buddha images are also displayed at this site including a well preserved sitting Buddha on the inside of the Temple. Monkeys are also present in large numbers so be careful not to leave anything lying around.

On the last Sunday of November each year a Monkey Buffet Festival is held as the local tradition has it that these primates are descendants of Hanuman; a figure from the epic Ramayana tale who controlled the kingdom of Lopburi.

GETTING THERE

As noted above this site is located close to the Lopburi train station so the best way to visit Phra Prang Sam Yot is by train from Bangkok, although buses also traverse between Lopburi and Bangkok. Train and bus fares are quite cheap and travel times between the two cities take between approximately three hours each way.

Samut Songkhram Province (Central Thailand)

Known for being the smallest province within central Thailand, Samut Songkhram is located at the entrance of the Mae Klong River on the Gulf of Thailand.   With a total land area of just 416 square kilometres (and divided into 3 districts) and being situated approximately 72 kilometres southwest of Bangkok (see map below), Samut Songkhram draws the the water from the Mae Klong River through a series of canals to irrigate its fertile land for the production of fruits and vegetables (including oranges, lychees, guavas and grapes), grains and seafood products.

HISTORY

Like most Thai provinces within central Thailand Samut Songkhram has a long history dating at least back to the early Rattanakosin period and it is thought that this province was once part of the Ratchaburi province when it was called Suan Nork.   This province also has some cultural significance for Thai people being the birth place of the queen of King Rama 1, and the hometown of King Rama II (1809-1824).

GETTING THERE

As far as I am aware there are no flights between Bangkok and Samut Songkhram.  Buses depart Bangkok's Southern bus terminal daily as do trains from Bangkok's Wongwianyai Railway Station.  Being located so close to Bangkok,  this small province provides an alternative to the bustle of Bangkok especially if you are planning a day trip within central Thailand.  

Amphawa Floating Market (Central Thailand)

The Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram province is one of the more unique markets in western Thailand.   Located just 1.5 hours from Bangkok city this Thai market has one very special feature for people who like to sleep late;  it starts around 11 AM.

Hence, unlike other Bangkok markets no early morning wake up is required in order to get here by opening time.  While the market may not look all that inviting due to the seemingly run down condition of the old wooden shops and houses that line the Amphawa canal, appearances can be deceptive.

Amphawa, is a good old-fashioned Thai market with plenty of quality merchandise and the prices are quite cheap because most of the visitors are actually Thai.  Most of the foreign tourists are day trippers from from Bangkok (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The Amphawa Floating Market opens between 3 PM and 9 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It gets very hot here so make sure you cover up and wear a hat if you tend to burn.  

Being located about 1.5 hours from Bangkok, the best way to travel there is by bus.   Mini bus tours are available from Victory Monument in Bangkok which cost about 100 Thai baht one way while public buses are also available from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal.

Maeklong Railway Market (Central Thailand)

The Maeklong Railway Market (or Samut Songkhram Railway Track Market) in Thailand is one of the most unique markets that you will come across anywhere in the world.  Located within the Samut Songkhram province or about 67 kilometres southwest of Bangkok  what makes this outdoor market so unique is that it is located on an operating railway line. 

This outdoor market is situated along a 100 metre stretch of the Maeklong Railway line which is 67 kilometres in length and was constructed back in 1907.  It was originally built to transport fresh produce from Samut Songkhram to the Bangkok markets.  This line runs between Wonwian Yai in outer Bangkok and Samut Songkhram; also in the central Thailand region  (Click here to read more).

GETTING THERE

The Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram is open 7 days  a week.  Being located about 1.5 hours from Bangkok, the best way to travel there is by bus or train.    A public bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok is available which also stops at Damneon Suduak.  Alternatively, you can also catch a train along Bangkok's Maeklong Mahachai railway line which starts in Wongwian Yai Railway Station in Thonburi, Bangkok and runs all the way to Samut Songkhram on the Gulf of Thailand.

However, you will have to exit at
Samut Sakhon Station.  At the  Maha Chai Pier catch a ferry across the Tha Chin River to the Tha Chalom Pier and then you can catch a train at the Ban Laem Railway Station which will take you to the Maeklong Station where the market is held.  

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