Bangkok – Part 2 (Samut Songkram – MaeKlong Railway Market)

On the 2nd day of our trip, we rented a van with a driver to cover the outskirts area of Bangkok. We left as early as 7.30am in the morning since there will be a massive traffic here in Bangkok on weekdays. Our first destination is definitely Samut Songkram Province which is about 70 kilometers away from Bangkok to experience the MaeKlong Railway Market. Through out our reading, there’s various of name given to the market which is ‘Rom Hub Market’, ‘Crazy Market’, ‘Folding Umbrella Market’, ‘Close Umbrella Market’ and others, just to name a few.

To get here, you can either took a van or a bus which it can take anything from 1 to 1 1/2 hours during rush hours.  It’s really a unique market where it is located on an active railway track. Oh ya, we arrived exactly at 9.15am and next train arrival will be at 9.30am sharp. Just in time! The train passes  through it 8 times a day. If not mistaken, it’s a 100 meter railway track from Mae Klong to Ban Laem Train Station. We basically knew about the market from the local documentary, Majalah 3 way back in 2010.  We promised our self that we need to get here one fine day.

Shoppers have to walk on the railway track (still using the timber sleepers) where stalls are lining along the track. You can find anything a fresh market can offered which is from fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, poultry products and even frogs. 😀

The market.
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Hello Aunt. What’s with the fierce face?
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And here come the best part. This what makes it unique. While passing by the stalls in the market, we suddenly heard a sound of a loud horns to warn the vendors. A quick question pop up from our mouth ” Is the train coming?”, the vendors answered “Yes, yes! Come nearer”. He even showed us the baseline so that we could get a rough idea how close are we with the train. We were like, “Huh? This close? For real?”.

The stalls vendor will then quickly fold their awnings or umbrellas and pull the containers and goods close to their stalls. Most of the vendors will used a display containers equipped with wheels in order to slide them out-of-the-way conveniently.

Getting prepared.
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It all cleared!
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Train coming through. Everybody was so excited at this point of time.
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We’re this close! Check out all the vegetables close to the track. 😀
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As for us, the train moves slowly while passing through the market. Not at normal speed, i guess. Once it’s gone, the vendors raise their awnings and push back the stalls to the original position. And here we go, business is back to normal. Everything comes as original within 5 minutes.

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It was such an experience for that 5 minutes moments. Worth going! Some said that this is one of the most amazing markets in the world. We considered this as MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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We will continue our journey on Part 3 – Ratchaburi (Damneon Saduak Floating Market).

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Bangkok – Part 1 (Terminal 21 & Siam Centre)

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

It all started when the whole family came up with a plan to organize a family trip for this year and to celebrate all the March (Mum’s, FF and SIL) babies as well. After a long discussions and arguments, the final destination are Bangkok, Thailand! As usual, we have to prepare the itinerary since time are very limited for us due to rescheduling of flight by the airlines.

When you are travelling in a group, you should consider everyone interests and how flexible is your itinerary. It’s important to get a sense of everyone’s expectations before you go since we might travel in different kind of style.  Oh, enough travel tips for this time! Let’s move on! 😀 

We settled down in Bangkok Boutique Hotel in Sukhumvit after safely landed in Don Mueang International Airport. Airport Rail Link is only attached to the Suvarnabhumi Airport. So, the best is to travel to town by taxi and bus.

Our so-called eco room! Love the concept! Spacious room as well!
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After a short refreshing moment, we decided to explore and to have dinner at Terminal 21. As reviewed, Terminal 21 should be on the list of things to do even  on a short visit to Bangkok. It’s really a fun place to visit as it was designed like an airport departure hall with boarding gates. We cheated ourselves since we finally covered Carribean, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, San Franscisco and even Hollywood (in just 2 hours)! The main attraction here is definitely the longest escalators in Thailand which goes up to 36 meters long which takes you directly to the top-level. Terminal 21 is a one floor one concept shopping mall.

How to get here: BTS – Asok Station (Exit 1), MRT – Sukhumvit (Exit 3)

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The overall view of Terminal 21.
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Chinese New Year fever is still on!
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Tokyo. What does it mean? Anyone?
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Hello London!
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The big red bus.
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San Franscisco with the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
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Hollywood Studio Town. You will see the golden Oscar statue and the SF Cinema City.
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Not to forget, they even offered Halal Food here in the Pier 21 Food Court at Level 5. Menu are limited ranging from yellow rice with chicken curry and fried rice only. It’s better than nothing right?

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In overall, it was such an experience for both of us and our family indeed. Amazing details and the person behind all this are BRILLIANT!
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Our next destination is definitely Siam Center since our ‘big brother’ wanted to get his personal collection of HRC shirt. Personally, this is definitely not a shopping mall but another ‘ART CENTRE’ for us. Our eyes couldn’t stop blinking appreciating every details of the shops at every levels. As we read through their pamphlet, the management stated that they are currently “creating an ‘IDEAOPOLIS’ – a place where great new ideas are presented, where art, fashion, technology, lifestyle and entertainment converge to create the unexpected and an inspiring for every visitor and at every visit”. Physically, we do find that they really convey their principle well!

How to get here: BTS – Siam Station (Exit 1).

The BTS rush hour.
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Night view – The road to Soi 2 from the pedestrian crossing bridge. Another night bazaar / market by the street all the way to the Hard Rock Cafe.
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We wrapped up the day and to get a full rest since we’re going to invade the outskirt of Bangkok on the next day!

We will continue our journey on Part 2 – Samut Songkram (MaeKlong Railway Market).

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma