18-19 January 2020
A short trip to Samut Songkhram and visited Amphawa Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & spent one night at Baan Loylom Farmstay
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My Walking Story: Amphawa Floating Market
Today am going to narrate a story of my one day trip to Walking in Amphawa Floating Market: Samut Songkhram, Thailand. I went on trip 18th Jan20 to 19thJan 20.
This particular place is known as Samut Songkhram which is near Bangkok only. From Bangkok, it takes around one and a half hours to reach over there by bus. The bus ticket was around 100 Thai baht. So I reached over there by afternoon. The main attraction over there was a floating market named as “Amphawa Floating Market”.
A floating market is a business where goods are sold from boats. Beginning in times and places where water transport played a significant role in daily life, most floating markets working today mainly serve as tourist attractions.
Amphawa Floating Market is a real floating market famous with the locals for weekend shopping. Thailand has a lot of such types of markets located in different cities. Amphawa Floating Market starts from the evening at 4 pm around and closed by 12 at night.
After reaching over there I rent a motorbike and within 20 minutes of time, I reached the market by 4 pm. One can have a look at the photographs which I have clicked after visiting the market, near the pier of sunset and others.
As this is the small town so the main attraction over here is local shops, Thai food, coffee shops, bars, etc. Local people come over here for shopping and tourist can enjoy the boating facility available over there, for one hour and they charge 60 baht for that. Near the market, there were several good personal guest houses at the corner of the river but I stayed a bit away from the riverside in a farm stay named Baan Loylom Farm stay. I spent an hour in the market exploring all the stuff and had my lunch as well, then went back to my farm stay.
The second place which I had on my list was Baan Loylom Farm’s stay. This was the place where I stayed, which is a local farm just like a village. So transportation was not easily available over there and one cannot walk for so long, hotel staff has to pick and drop facility that includes the charges, so they pick up me up from my location.
I did the check-in and spent some resting time in the hotel, after getting fresh and up I again routed towards the market in the evening.
I spent around 2 to 3 hours in the market, tried the boat riding, experiment with some different cuisines. Capture several moments and was pretty cool. While exploring everything back to back in the market it was already 10 by night.
From the outside of the market, I took tuk-tuk which was the auto-rickshaw, called tuk-tuk in Thailand. They charged 150 baht for 2 km away. Being a village area they charge more as there was no other transportation available. I went to the hotel at night with my tuk-tuk and slept.
The next morning I woke up and decided to explore the Baan Loylom Farm stay as Baan is the Thai word which means house and Loylom is the name of the farm stay. I had a simple basic breakfast which includes toast butter etc. and it was included in the hotel charges. After I have done with my breakfast I looked around there are too several coconuts, starfruit, lychee, grapefruit and some home-grown vegetable all around you. They are all calm, shady and much cool. I loved the surroundings and made a video as well. Did some photography of the greenery and of the farm stay.
After taking bath, I checked out at 12pm and asked them to drop me at a place name “Maeklong Railway Market”
Maeklong Railway Market is a popular Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food, and fruit in the province of Samut Songkhram, southwest of Bangkok. What makes the market special is that it involves part of a train line. A sometimes a day, a train runs directly through the market. Some minutes before the train comes, hucksters lower their umbrellas and shift some of their produce away from the train tracks. Tourists especially visits over here to see this market and click the pictures, videos while I also have made a video of it you can check on blogs and photos as well. Maeklong Railway Market was my third destination in this city. Which was 4-5kms away from my hotel. I reached in the afternoon and had lunch on the market side, while I was curiously waiting for the train to pass by. I was really excited to see how vendors wind up the market when the train passes through it and again puts it on.
The train was going to arrive by 2:30 pm so meanwhile, I was just passing my time as wanted to see this particular scenario. When I hear the train horn, step aside or into the nearest shop to get my camera ready. While the train moves through the market at a slow pace, it’s still dangerous so be aware of your surroundings but it was amazing.
So basically I covered three places that are: Amphawa Floating Market, Baan Loylom Farm stay, and Maeklong Railway Market.
After the train pass by I went to van station as it was pretty close to Maeklong Railway Market. Hired a van and went back to Bangkok. This how I ended my one day trip over here.
Baan Loylom Farmstay
Let’s start the original Thai native lifestyle and enjoy our local Thai food meal among our fruit garden where is located near the Floating market (3km). Don’t worry if there are too many coconuts, starfruit, lychee, grapefruit and some home-grown vegetable all around you. They are all quiet, shady and extremely cool. And yes you can eat them certainly.
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Maeklong Railway Market
The railway became famous for its route through the Maeklong Railway Market, nicknamed “umbrella pulldown market”. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered on the Maeklong Railway’s track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed.