Smell that sea breeze

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Few tourists come here, but it’s a special place defined by sleepy temples, fresh seafood and a relaxed pace of life. Although Mahachai is worth a trip just to soak up the atmosphere, it does have a large market devoted to fish, crabs and other wriggling things as well as a colourful mix of fresh produce, all of which are moved away from a train track when the locomotives roll through.

Part of Mahachai’s allure is the train ride to get there. The local train departs from Wongwian Yai Rail station in Thonburi and rocks slowly through the countryside. Once you’ve explored Mahachai’s market, head to the river and take the ferry to the other side for more charming scenery. Afterwards, you might continue west on the train to Mae Khlong to see a more dramatic spectacle of a train cruising through a tight market.

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How to get there: Take the BTS to Wongwian Yai, and exit on the north side of the station. Walk away from the station (in the direction the train was travelling from Bangkok) and cross the big intersection. Turn right and continue for about ten minutes — you’ll cross a tiny canal and then the station will be in front of you on your right. Tickets cost 10 baht for non-Thais; make sure you get one before you get on the train from the ticket office about one-third of the way down the platform. Trains leave at 06:25, 07:00, 07:40, 08:35, 09:40, 10:40, 12:15 13:20, 14:25, 15:25, 16:30, 17:05, 17:35, 18:35, 19:10 and 20:10 — return schedules are available online (in Thai — return times are on the bottom left of the table, the top left is arrival back in Bangkok) or when you get to the railway station — last return to Bangkok at 19:00.
Last updated: 18th June, 2014

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