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.

Bangkok from the Conrad Hilton

Bangkok from the Conrad Hilton

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.

The markets as they are before the train comes through. All space used.

The markets as they are before the train comes through. The centre paved walking area is set  in-between the train tracks. All space used.

I loved this lady running her small business with minimum overheads

Alterations done on the platform.

Alterations done on the platform.

Gaun, me and Sarah standing on the train tracks.

Gaun, me and Sarah standing in-between the train tracks. The large spiky fruit on the right is Durin. Only to be eaten in the open well away from normal people. Banned in some restaurants and public places because of the smell. Have tried once!

Fresh fish. Six for 50 TBH, about $1.80. They are yummie fried.

Fresh fish. 20 TBH, about $0.70. They are yummy fried.

Small crabs. $7.00 Kg

Small crabs. $7.00 Kg

Coconut milk being extracted. You don't get fresher.

Coconut milk being extracted. You don’t get fresher. Buy what you want and it’s put in a plastic bag to take away. What goes into Thai cooking here may be much the same as we use at home. However it is the amazing freshness and unprocessed nature of the ingredients that I think helps make the flavours so much more complex and clean tasting.

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.

Don't see many of these around. Mostly ridden by old guys who would be in nursing homes in Australia but still going string here.

Don’t see many of these around but there were a few of them in this town. Mostly ridden by old guys who would be in nursing homes in Australia but still going strong here. That’s the “driver” on the right.

Enjoy and thanks for reading.