The Outskirts of Bangkok – Train Markets, Floating Markets, the Death Railway, and Muang Sing

Maeklong Railway Market

What an awesome day! We started out at 7am and headed to the Maeklong Railway Market outside of Bangkok. Here, Thai vendors set out their fresh catch and vegetables in their small spaces to sell eager Thai consumers, not so much tourists. The fresh catch included of all sorts of fish, frogs, sting rays, mini crabs, mollusks, fish eggs, and more. Some of the fish were still alive. One flipped out of the bucket. Rat, my tour guide, bought it…not to eat…but to save it because it was so strong! She planned to let it out in the water at the floating markets, our next stop. Continue reading “The Outskirts of Bangkok – Train Markets, Floating Markets, the Death Railway, and Muang Sing”


A Day Tour of Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, home to 8 million people, is the capitol and most populous city of Thailand. It was once a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century and grew with the modernization of Siam, now called Thailand. Now the financial city of Thailand, Bangkok is also a popular tourist destination.

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Pathumwan Princess

My tour guide, Rat, met me at the airport last night and dropped me at my hotel, the Pathumwan Princess. Guards and a barricade blocked the driveway. I had to pass through a metal detector at the doorway and a guard scanned my bag. I thought Thailand was supposed to be safe?!? The hotel was lovely. At check in, the front desk greeted me with some sort of punch and issued me a very nice room on a high floor. I had a great view of the city and of the ladies doing laps in the outdoor pool this morning.

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