808. Bangkok Part 13 | Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway train passing
A couple weeks ago we booked a private tour to visit Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It was one of my favourite days from this trip so far. I really loved both markets a lot! They were both very unique. This post will be about the Railway Market which was the coolest market I've ever visited. I remember seeing this place on Instagram before and watching some videos but it never occurred to me it's located in Bangkok (well a couple hours away from the city) until recently.

This market is built directly beside/on the railway tracks. The train passes through several times a day. A few minutes before it arrives, an announcement is made on the loudspeakers. Vendors will fold up the shades, pull in their products or just cover them as you can see in the photo above. It's done very fast and takes less than a minute. Then as soon as the train is gone, they set up again super fast and within seconds, it seems like a train had never passed through. It was very interesting to observe.

For our tour, we had a driver and tour guide. We departed at 6:30am and the driver brought us to a station called Kalong where we boarded the train at 8am. It was nice to be able to experience the market from inside the train as well as outside afterwards. I also really enjoyed the train ride. It went through some rural parts which I always love to see. We rode it maybe 30 minutes but I wouldn't mind riding the entire train route.

Maeklong Railway train Kalong train stationThe place where we boarded

Kalong train station Maeklong trainOnce again, very empty! There were a few locals on there with us. Normally there are a lot of tourists.

Maeklong Railway MarketArriving at the market! It's quite blurry since the train was moving but you can see how close it is

Maeklong Railway MarketObservers from the ground

Maeklong Railway StationMaeklong Station where the market is, is the terminal station. The train stops here for maybe 30 minutes before turning back.

Maeklong Railway MarketWe got off and went to explore the market

Maeklong Railway Market fish
Our guide told us that everything here is very fresh and cheap, so many people come from Bangkok to shop. For example this is 8 fish for only $3.60 CAD! I really like how this market attracts a lot of tourists yet it is still very authentic. Maybe the vendors enjoy it more now with less tourists crowding their space.

Maeklong Railway Market fish Maeklong Railway Market fish Maeklong Railway Market seafood Maeklong Railway Market seafood Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway Market Maeklong Railway MarketPreparing for the train's arrival again!

Maeklong Railway Market train passing
Our guide took this photo of us. As you can see..it gets super close! A LOT closer than I had expected. In fact I had to lean back a bit (there was no space for us to stand further back). Of course the train goes by slow when it's passing through the market. I've never been so close to a moving train before and probably never will again unless I return.

Maeklong Railway train passing Maeklong Railway MarketA little plate of fruit left out there for luck (or as an offering)

Maeklong Railway Market



807. Bangkok Part 12 | Wat Pho and Wat Arun

leftbanked despacito Wat Arun
Happy Songkran!! Today (April 13) marks the Thai New Year/"Water Festival". It's a 3-day holiday for them and celebrated by going out on the streets and spraying each other with water (mainly by water guns). I guess it would be super refreshing in this hot humid weather. I've seen some videos of it and it looks like a lot of fun. These celebrations are not permitted this year due to COVID however some people probably still celebrated..we didn't go out to check though. I wish we could have experienced it though!

We didn't plan it this way but we depart Bangkok the day after the holiday. So it would have been perfect if we were allowed to celebrate it here. I'm so sad we only have 2 more full days left in Bangkok..I forgot if I mentioned it already but our next destination will be Koh Samui! Back to island life. Koh Samui is a very touristy destination so I expect it will be completely dead there. It will be nice and relaxing for us though, as we can enjoy some nice beaches without the crowds (or anyone else at all). I will miss Bangkok and our neighbourhood a lot. Our area/building is so convenient. I will make a post on it in the future. I will miss the routine we've created. I feel this way every time we leave a city though hahah (I mean I was even sad to leave our quarantine hotel!). Bangkok is different though..there are still some places we never got the chance to visit yet and I really loved everything we did and visited.

I realized again how far behind I am on my posts. I think the only way to keep up was if I made one post every day or every other day. That was impossible here so maybe I will catch up in Koh Samui during the slower paced lifestyle.

So this post is about Wat Pho and Wat Arun, two famous temples in Bangkok right across the Chao Phraya river from each other. Wat Pho is the site of the famous "Temple of the Reclining Buddha". It was really cool to see it and it is HUGE. I saw some photos and videos before visiting and in person it ended up being a lot larger than I expected. Besides that, I didn't find these two temples all that interesting. I still enjoyed them but I loved Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) a lot more.

Wat Pho Wat Pho Wat Pho reclining buddha
The Reclining Buddha! This is the main point of interest for Wat Pho and normally it is packaged with tourists. When we arrived there was literally only one other person there. It was really nice to have it to ourselves as taking photos with tons of crowds would have been difficult. I don't think my photos really show the size of it..I personally love giant statues and structures like this.

Wat Pho reclining buddha Wat Pho reclining buddha templeBeautifully painted walls

Wat Pho reclining buddha Wat Pho BangkokRetouching the interior paintings. Her job seems so relaxing. I wouldn't mind doing that.

Wat Pho Bangkok Wat Pho Bangkok Wat Pho Bangkok Wat Pho BangkokThis one was also large but mini compared to the reclining one lol

Wat Pho Wat Arun rulesRules of the temples

Wat Arun Wat Arun Bangkok Wat Pho Wat Arun details Wat Arun Wat ArunI love these guardian statues. My favourite features of the temples

Wat Arun Wat Arun Wat Pho Wat Arun black catA super sweet black cat! There's some cats that live at the temples. This one was so friendly and kept rubbing against us.

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