Train from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market

When we have traveled out of Bangkok to places like Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak, we have taken a minibus as it was the fastest option. But the drivers are pretty crazy, and after reading news about a horrible accident on the highway involving a minibus, we decided to go by train to Maeklong Railway Market. The journey, including a short ferry ride, takes about 2½ hours and cost only 23 baht.

Wat Pho and The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the massive reclining Buddha as the big attraction.

The temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. This place is the real deal!

CHAR Rooftop Bar in Bangkok

The best rooftop bars aren’t necessarily the highest. CHAR in Bangkok is “only” 26 floors up at Hotel Indigo’s rooftop, but the views of Bangkok’s skyline is absolutely breathtaking – especially during sunset. CHAR is a pretty small rooftop bar but well designed with private lounges by the glass facade. The music was good, the drinks were good. We loved it here!

CHAR Rooftop Bar private lounge

Chinatown Street Food: Dishes You Need to Try

Yaowarat, or Chinatown as most tourists would call it, is a must-visit in Bangkok. It’s a good vibe here, especially at night between 6 p.m. and midnight when both locals and tourists can be seen everywhere along the Yaowarat Road munching one of the best street foods in the world (except Mondays as there are no stalls due to sidewalk cleaning).

Chinatown Bangkok

We visited Chinatown after 10.00 p.m., and some of the neon signs were already turned off. You should, therefore, come here earlier because the long strip of neon signs are really cool and provides some great night photos.

Maeklong Railway Market: The Craziest Market in Thailand

Maeklong Railway Market is a unique market and tourist attraction. Located in Samut Songkhram, 80 km outside of Bangkok, it looks just like any other market in Thailand; stalls filled with tropical fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, herbs, and flowers. But what makes this market unique is that it’s built over the railroad tracks, with trains running through it four times per day (eight in total if you count the way back).

As soon as the trains coming, alarm sounds and the market vendors quickly pull back their umbrella awnings – why the market is known as “Talat Rom Hoop” in Thai, which translates to “Market Umbrella Pulldown.” Welcome to the craziest market in Thailand!

Maeklong Railway Market

The train passes the market, after which a lady pulls out the umbrella awnings again.

Kang Ban Phe Noodle & Seafood Café: Mantis Shrimp in Bangkok

The famous Kang Ban Phe (Mantis Shrimp Noodle Soup) from Rayong can also be enjoyed in Bangkok. The mantis shrimp is a delicious type of crayfish with a sweet taste like lobster and tender meat like crab.

The Kang Ban Phe Noodle & Seafood Café is located in a hip spot in the area of Lumpini Park, near Ploen Chit BTS station in Bangkok. At the prices of around 200-250 baht per dish, it’s quite a reasonable price, given the quality; fresh mantis shrimp caught in the morning. The only downside is the small portion. If you love seafood, give it a try, but avoid rush hour (12-1 p.m) if you don’t want to queue.