Mae Klong Railway market
We drove about 40 miles west of Bangkok to Samut Songkram to experience the unique Mae Klong (name of the local river) market situated on the railway tracks. The market is sheltered by low-hanging awnings and the crowd weave their way down the centre of the railway track in between the vendors.
Four times a day, a siren sounds and in a flash the market transforms – the stall holders scurry to move their wares, roll back their stalls and hold back the poles supporting their awnings whilst the shoppers disappear into the sides. The market comes to a standstill to make way for the train to pass. It is such a tight squeeze that the train travelling at about 15mph almost touches the produce as it passes through. Once the train is gone, the vendors push back the stalls and awnings into position and everything goes back to normal as if nothing has happened. The cost to rent a plot is 100baht per day.
Khoa San Road – old city of Bangkok
Bangkok's 1km long Khaosan Road, located in the old city area, is a thriving
community that caters to the every need of
the budget traveller, from cut-priced airfares
and accommodation, to shopping, bars, clubs,
tattoo shops and massage parlours. You can
even buy a false ID card!