The Mae Klong train has resumed its operation on 1 April 2016 as the major rail maintenance since 13 May 2015 was completed.
Experience two of Bangkok’s most fascinating markets on this half-day tour from Bangkok. Witness the hustle and bustle as trains pass through the famous Mae Klong Railway Market in the picturesque Samut Songkhram coastal province and gently cruise through its back canals for a glimpse into local life. Then immerse yourself in a feast for the senses at the Amphawa Floating Market as colourful boat vendors dish up a diverse array of cuisine not seen elsewhere.
What to Expect
From Bangkok, you will first visit the Mae Klong Railway Market where stall owners set up along a working railway track. While major rail maintenance had stopped train operations here for some time, they have since resumed, and visitors can once again experience the thrill of watching a train pass through. You can then kick back and relax on a boat cruise through the picturesque rural landscapes of Samut Songkhram before diving into the colour and gastronomic delights of the Amphawa Floating Market.
You will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel and driven to the coastal province of Samut Songkhram at the mouth of the Mae Klong River, around 74 kilometres south-west of Bangkok. Its fertile soils have long been a breadbasket for Bangkok, growing much of the city’s plants and grains, as well as having an abundance of seafood supplies.
Your first destination will be the Salt Fields, stretching along both sides of the road between Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram. This region is one of the largest producers of salt brine in all of Thailand and an impressive sight to see.
You will then head to the region’s most famous destination – Talad Rom Hoop or the Maeklong Railway Market. This unique market sprawls along the side of a working railway track, with the bustle of buying and selling interrupted throughout the day as trains pass through. As soon as the stall owner hear the siren of the approaching train, they swiftly stop trade and shuffle their goods back from the tracks to allow the train to pass through. Then in the blink of an eye, they are back in position and trading as normal as if nothing even happened.
After exploring the market, you will take a one-hour long-tail boat tour along the Mae Klong River and its surrounding canals to soak up the local life along the way. Visit Wat Bang Kung where a historic battle took place between King Taksin’s forces and the invading Burmese and witness its small chapel enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree. You will also have the opportunity to visit Wat Bangkae Noi, renowned for its beautiful teakwood carvings depicting the life and teaching of Lord Buddha.
Your tour will then continue to what is one of Bangkok’s most captivating floating markets at Amphawa. Held from 12 to 8pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Amphawa Floating Market sprawls along the canal, with boat vendors selling local seafood specialities, fresh juices and traditional Thai sweets. You’ll have plenty of free time to soak up the sights, sounds and smells and try some truly authentic Thai food.