I make regular trips outside Bangkok and thought I'd share my adventures here. For my first trip outside Bangkok it was a visit to Maeklong Market to see the famous train that travels through the market and directly over the fruit and veg. It's interesting to see the train travel though the market, bat after seeing the waste water from the train dripping onto the fruit, veg and fish, I didn't fancy buying any food there. LOL.
We traveled by car, as it's a pretty easy drive from Bangkok, and there is a large car park 2-3 mins walk from the market. But for those that don't have a car you can get a van from Victory Monument for about 70 baht. The van takes around one hour to get there.
And here's the train coming through the market. It's a sight worth seeing.
There isn't much else of note in the town though, so we left soon after the train left the station and made our way to Amphawa Floating Market, which is a 5-10 min drive away. You can also get a van for 10-20 baht. Almost all visitors to this market are Thai, so it's pretty authentic. The main attraction is eating food. People site on the steps of the market and order food from the boats below. The food is passed to them on trays with very long handles.
This was quite an interesting day out.
What I didn't realise at the time is that damnoen saduak floating market is nearby. If I'd know I would have gone there as well. Another day maybe.
Next trip out of Bangkok will be Surin elephant festival - stay tuned.
If you know of somewhere interesting that's worth a visit, then let me know.
my in-laws live in Ampahwa, the floating market is as exciting as it gets... i normally take a book or two to read..
I saw this video years ago, and I still can't help thinking--why don't they just move the market somewhere else?