Ten kilometres down the Mae Khlong river brings you to the cramped but lively provincial capital of Samut Songkhram.
This non-touristy small city is home to a few old temples, some good food and lots of buses heading in all directions, but the biggest reason to come is to watch a full size locomotive cruise through the tightly packed confines of Mae Khlong market.
This wet market is perched near the Mae Khlong river and is a good enough spot to see the fresh seafood, fruit, produce and spices of Samut Songkhram province. Especially considering how tight and crowded the market is, it's really a shock when the vendors frantically pull their products back from the footpath/train-track and a giant yellow train clamors through en route to Mae Khlong station, which is strangely situated right next to the river a stone's throw from the market itself. Although schedules are subject to change, trains typically arrive at 09:30, 11:30 and 15:00.
How to get there
Although you can hire a boat or tuk tuk to take you here or come as part of a tour, it's easy to get to Mae Khlong from Amphawa independently. Blue songthaews cost 15 baht and can be caught just about anywhere in Amphawa, including Pracha Uthit Road or Prachaset Road. A tuk tuk can also take you here for 80 baht, and there are no shortage of songthaews and tuk tuks near the market in Samut Songkhram to take you back to Amphawa.
If heading onward to Bangkok, both regular and minibuses congregate at the bus station near the market at the corner of Rattan Witthi Road and Ratpasit Road in Samut Songkhram.
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