Another out of sequence entry but I am practising my video uploads and this was a good one to start with.
We spent several days in Bangkok late July. I had gone there to meet up with Sarah, my step-daughter, who had popped over for eight days to spend some time with me and also to celebrate her birthday here.
As we were in Thailand’s largest city it seemed a good opportunity to have an explore and see as much as we could in the short time available.
I organised two very full day tours with Tour with Tong, a tour company my brother had used a couple of years previously and comes rated Number 1 on Trip Advisor. The second of these days took us to the train market, video below, and then onto the floating market at Damnoen Saduak. After that we headed off for some bathing with the elephants but that’s another story.
The train markets are situated about an hour’s drive from central Bangkok in the province of Samutsongkram.
The markets are a genuine working affair, not just there for the tourists, although quite a few turn up for the main event. The train is a genuine passenger train too bringing mostly locals in to do shopping, go to work or school.
I loved this lady running her small business with minimum overheads
The warning for the train arriving sounds and there’s a burst of activity as stallholders move tables and displays back just enough to let the train through. A well practised exercise. Tables are often on rollers to make it all easier. People then stand by the overhanging shade covers ready to move them up as the train passes and replace them after it passes.
The video below shows the markets already cleared and then the replacement to its original state afterwards.
It is all a brief experience but good fun and definitely worth adding to your Bangkok agenda in conjunction with other things that might take you that way. A bit short for a single trip.
Finally another favourite photo to finish this entry.
Enjoy and thanks for reading.