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Mahachai in Samut Sakhon province is one of the largest fishing centres in a country boasting one of the world’s highest levels of seafood production. Accessible by a leisurely train ride from Bangkok, it’s a good place to smell fish, eat fish, watch fish being unloaded, take a ferry to look at some temples and then sit by the sea while you eat more fish.

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Located 40 kilometres southwest of Bangkok and just north of where the Tha Jeen River flows into the Gulf of Thailand, Mahachai’s countless fishing boat piers melt into a tangle of roofed markets and narrow lanes around the eponymous train station. All of it is stuffed with a breathtaking (literally, due to the smell) array of fish, crab, prawn, squid, eel, shells and other critters of the sea, much of it still wriggling around.

Imagine having to tie them all up? Photo taken in or around Mahachai, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Imagine having to tie them all up? Photo: David Luekens

Arrive early to watch wiry fishers unload bucket after bucket of seafood bound for woks, grills and steamers throughout Thailand and beyond. Among the overwhelming number of market stalls you’ll also spot all sorts of dried seafood products along with mounds of kapi (shrimp paste), a specialty of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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