Mahachai and Mae Klong Markets Trainspotting
Take a ride by local train to a stunning green back-land. Pass by colourful wooden houses, beautiful landscapes and small local stations. The train stops in Mahachai, where a fish market surrounds the station. Mahachai is known for some of the finest fish and crabs brought upriver from the sea. After lunch at a famous local seafood restaurant, you will cross the river, and embark on another backroads train. Cross fields and sea salt flats before entering the famous Mae Khlong railway market that swallows the train. Experience how umbrellas and stalls are being opened up again on the train tracks, just seconds after the train has left the station.
Go by local train to get a feel for the Bangkok outskirts.
Up to 8 travelers may book this trip. This trip departs with a minimum of 2 travelers.
|Trip Length:||1 Day(s) 0 Night(s)|
|Type of Transportation:||
BTS Saphan Thaksin to BTS Wong Wian Yai, Wong Wian Yai to Maha Chai by Train in 3rd Class, Maha Chai Pier to Tha Chalom Pier by Ferry, Tha Chalom Pier to Tha Chalom Train Station by Rickshaw, Maha Chai to Mae Klong by Train in 3rd Class, Mae Klong to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal by Shared Van, Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Pra Pinklao Bridge Pier by Bus, Pra Pinklao Bridge to Sathorn Pier by Boat
Adults: 12 to 99 years of age
Children: 2 to 11 years of age
Infants: 0 to 1 years of age
|How to get here:||
Meet at Chamberlain Hostel (https://goo.gl/maps/2xXF1LVzPP6aKvN49) at 8:15.
|Included in Price:||
Transportation: BTS Saphan Thaksin to BTS Wong Wian Yai, Wong Wian Yai to Maha Chai by Train in 3rd Class, Maha Chai Pier to Tha Chalom Pier by Ferry, Tha Chalom Pier to Tha Chalom Train Station by Rickshaw, Maha Chai to Mae Klong by Train in 3rd Class, Mae Klong to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal by Shared Van, Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Pra Pinklao Bridge Pier by Bus, Pra Pinklao Bridge to Sathorn Pier by Boat
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Tips & Gratuities
Arrive at Chamberlain Hostel by 8:15, where you will meet your guide who will give a short briefing. You will walk to the sky train station and board the train for a short ride to Wongwian Yai, which will leave you with a feel of a day beyond the beaten track when you walk through local neighbourhoods to get to the station where the train ride starts. If time permits, you will enjoy a local snack and coffee from the local market stalls around the station.
Jumping on the train as it leaves the station, you will feel that you are driving through the locals' kitchens and living rooms. On the way, you will see the big buildings of Bangkok become smaller in the distance until rice fields and houses on stilts surround you. With open eyes you can lean back and enjoy the scenic ride. When the train comes to a stop, you will have arrived in the middle of the Mahachai fresh market. Your guide will walk you through some of the small alleys and take you to a famous restaurant where you will be treated to some of the freshest and best seafood around.
After lunch, you will cross the sea bank with a small boat and jump on the next train. This train ride is a bit different as it goes through slightly different scenery filled with salt planes and rice fields. At the end of this train ride you are in for a culturally unique and truly fascinating experience: the market that swallows the train as umbrellas and stalls are opened again on the trail seconds after the train has left it behind. You will have time to see the local market on the rail tracks before your guide will find a minivan for you to return to Bangkok. Upon arrival in the outskirts of Bangkok, change from minivan to boat, and sail for Chao Phraya’s Pier number 1, which is also Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. Expected arrival time in Bangkok is about 16:30, depending on traffic.
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