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.
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!
If you’re looking for a good spot to take pictures of the impressive Wat Arun in Bangkok, you should consider staying at Sala Arun. This charming little hotel offers a few rooms with balcony and a view out over Chao Praya River and Wat Arun.
If you are staying in another hotel, you can always enjoy the hotel’s open-air bar on the top floor called Eagle’s Nest or the restaurant Eat Sight Story. Unfortunately, Wat Arun is under restoration at the moment with scaffolding around the temple, and it was not lighted up at evening. But it is still gorgeous.
Sala Arun is located in the center of Bangkok’s Old City with easy access to all the attractions and landmarks, such as Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), The Grand Palace and Chinatown.
The entrance to Sala Arun.
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.
I have written before about the minivans from Victory Monument in Bangkok that takes passengers to places like Ayutthaya Historical Park and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. But soon, it will be history. The Transport Ministry will move the 4,000 passenger vans that queue at Victory Monument to three major bus terminals in order to improve the traffic jam.
Traffic jam at the Victory Monument on April 20, 2015.
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, was the most popular tourist destination on the planet 2016 with more than 21 million visitors. From impressive temples and skyscrapers — some of which boasts the most incredible rooftop bars in the world — to markets and street food. Here are 12 things you must do to get a taste of this megacity.
1. Visit the impressive Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is the number one must-see attraction in Bangkok. This impressive complex with more than 100 buildings representing 200 years of royal history is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Thailand.
The Grand Palace is a must-see in Bangkok, but you should be ready for tons of tourists. This impressive complex of buildings is unquestionably the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. For 150 years the palace was home to the King and the entire government. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time until 1925. The complex also includes the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the most famous temple in Thailand.
When I watched the movie Mechanic: Resurrection I was happy to see that they have filmed a few scenes in Thailand. Like many others, I wanted to know where the gorgeous beach is located, so I did some research and found out that they have been filming around Phuket and Koh Yao Yai.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) in a longtail boat on the way to a tropical island. I don’t think it’s a real bungalow resort. It was built just for the movie.
Chinatown is located at Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong District, one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. This vibrant district with market stalls, street-side restaurants and gold shops has been a center of Chinese settlement since 1782. The 1-km long strip with neon signs in Chinese, tuk-tuks and wooden buildings provides many great photo opportunities.
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, known all over the world from movies such as the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. This morning market is located in Ratchaburi province, about one and a half hours drive from Bangkok. The fastest way to get there is by minibus close the Victory Monument in Bangkok. It costs 100 baht, and you should go around 8.00 a.m. to see the market when it’s crowded with boats, providing many great photo opportunities.
The best way to see the market is in a longtail boat. We took a one-hour tour, and it costs 2,000 baht. A bit expensive but the ride on the narrow canals and around the market was a pretty cool and worthwhile experience. Try some tasty noodle soup from one of the noodle boats with a cold Singha beer, and why not some coconut ice cream for dessert. And don’t forget to haggle when buying souvenirs.
We landed yesterday in Bangkok. Yaaay! We will stay here three nights to recover from the long flight from Oslo, do some shopping and visit a few new places like the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market a short drive from Bangkok. I’m jetlagged and woke up super early, so I’m posting some pictures from yesterday.
Happy street vendor and a volunteer traffic cop