Train ride and boat trip to Mahachai
Train ride and boat trip to Mahachai Seaport Market
The Mae Klong – Mahachai railway runs between Wong Wian Yai in Thonburi, West Bangkok, and Samut Songkhram on the Gulf of Thailand. It was originally constructed as a private line to take sea produce from the fishing ports of Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram to the markets of Bangkok. The Seaport market is notable because it is actually on the train tracks and whenever a train passed through traders have to move out of the way.
Samut Songkhram has a wide range of accommodation options and the train ride only takes around an hour so a day trip from Bangkok is easy to arrange.
- Sample the produce at one of the largest seafood markets in Thailand, visit one of the many Chinese temples, watch the vendors scatter as the train runs through the market.
- Bangkok Train Tour “Meet the locals at Mahachai”This tour will bring you to one of the least visited fishing villages of Thailand. The Train starts in a highly populated part of Bangkok across the mighty Chao Phraya River. When the train leaves you almost drive through the kitchens and living rooms of the local people. On the way you will see the big buildings of Bangkok change smaller and smaller until you are surrounded by rice fields and houses on stilts.
Samut Sakhon was formerly called “Tha Chin” probably because, in the old days, it had been a trading port dealing with a vast number of Chinese junks. In 1548, a town named “Sakhon Buri” was established at the mouth of the Tha Chin River. It was a centre for recruiting troops from various seaside towns. The name of the town was changed into “Mahachai” when Klong (canal) Mahachai was dug in 1704 to join the Tha Chin River at the town. Later, the town was renamed “Samut Sakhon” by King Rama IV but it is still popularly called “Mahachai” by the villagers. air train carriages and enjoy a scenic train journey to Mahachai, the largest fresh seafood market in Thailand. A weird and wonderful variety of local produce is sold here. Extensive visit of Mahachai Market followed by a walk to the pier close to the market. We depart with small boat for a scenic trip along the river and seamount. You will get an excellent view on the Thai Fisherman’s craft. We will pass fishing boats in all sorts of size and colours sailing into the small harbour. These ships enter the harbour from the Gulf of Thailand loaded with fish. Along a small canal you will see how these fishermen live and work passing their homes and small shipyards. The boat will drop us at the other side call Tha Chalom where your guide will arrange a cycle rickshaw (samlor) for everyone. The cycling route is going through fishing villages. We will stop at the well known temple Wat Chonglom. Your guide will tell you about the history. We also visit a Chinese temple on the way and make many nice scenic stops. After one hour we are back at the pier and the ferry takes us back to the Mahachai side again. Now is it time or the absolute highlight, a Gourmet Seafood lunch at a local restaurant overseeing the Tha Chin River. After Lunch, in the afternoon, we will return to Mahachai Market and board the train back to Wongwian Yai in Bangkok.
All year round
The train leaves from Wong Wian Yai Station in Thonburi which is accessible by BTS.
Catch the BTS Skytrain to Wong Wian Yai railway station; leave the station on the north side and turn left towards the intersection visible about 400 meters ahead. Turn right at the intersection into Phra Chao Taksin Road. The station is located 400 meters up on the left hand side of the road, next to the pedestrian bridge, and about 200 meters short of the King Taksin Monument.
Trains to Samut Sakhon run every 60 minutes or so from 05.30 until 20.10 hrs. Last train back leaves Samut Sakhon at 19.00. Phone number for Wong Wian Yai Station is 02-465-2017. Most trains have fan only, though occasionally you find one or two air-con carriages: I prefer the open-air ones. Return trains to Bangkok tend to be quite crowded, especially in the late afternoon. The trip to Samut Sakhon takes about 55 minutes.