Best day-trips from Bangkok

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is located right in the Ecuador of the country. It is a clear turning point between the paradisiacal beaches of the south and the lush natural landscapes of the north, where you are very likely to make a stop if you are visiting this Southeast Asian country. Without a doubt, in this city there are many places worth visiting and entertaining activities to do. Even so, if you are overwhelmed by the crowd and/or want to discover its surroundings, here you have 3 day trips from Bangkok that you can take to very authentic and interesting places.

1. MAE KLONG MARKET

The Mae Klong Market, popularly known as the Train Market, is located about 90 km from Bangkok. Due to its relative proximity, it becomes one of the best day trips that you can take from the Thai capital.

Its originality lies in the market that is crossed 8 times a day by the train that arrives at and leaves from Mae Klong station. So, every time the train needs to pass, vendors must pick up their stalls to allow it to pass through.

Schedules in which you can see the train passing by:

    • ARRIVALS: 8.30 A.M., 11.10 A.M., 2.30 P.M. y 5.40 P.M.
    • DEPARTURES: 6.20 A.M., 9.00 A.M., 11.30 A.M. y 3.30P.M.

Year by year it has become a place with great tourist attraction and, consequently, much visited. It is for this reason that it can be somewhat overwhelming to walk through it and, above all, to see the train passing by from the sides of the track, where people crowd and try to get the best catch. Despite this, it is still a curious place to visit, I would even say that for this very last fact it is even more curious indeed.

Before explaining how to get there, I would like to recommend a food place located in the same Mae Klong train station called Rom Hub Station where you can eat a delicious Mango Sticky Rice, like the one shown in the photo. For those who do not know about it, it is one of the most typical dishes of Thai gastronomy, which you cannot miss trying in some point of your visit to the country.

Mango Sticky Rice

HOW TO GET THERE AND GO BACK TO BANGKOK ON THE SAME DAY?

There are several options both to get to the famous Mae Klong Market and to return to Bangkok. Next, let me present the two that I consider best:

  • OPTION 1: Go and return by minivan (from Mo Chit New Van Terminal to Mae Klong Van Station and vice versa)

Although you can buy the tickets in the terminal the same day you want to make the trip, I do not recommend you do so, since you will take the risk that there are no free seats in the van and, therefore, there are no tickets left.

Instead, I recommend you buy them in advance through the 12GoAsia website. The price of the journey is € 4 (€ 8 round trip) and it takes approximately 1h 40min. Regarding the schedules, you have different possibilities:

          • MOCHIT – MAE KLONG: 6.00 A.M., 8.00 A.M., 10.00 A.M., 12.00 A.M. y 4.00 P.M.
          • MAE KLONG – MOCHIT:  7.00 A.M., 11.00 A.M., 1.00 P.M. , 3.00 P.M. y 5.00 P.M.

 

  • OPTION 2: Go by train and return by van. It is a somehow complicated alternative, but as soon as I explain it to you in detail, you will understand why it can be an interesting option.

Take a train from Wongwian Yai Station to Maha Chai Station. When getting off at this stop, go towards Ban Laem station. You will need to take a ferry to get to it (don’t worry because it is very well indicated and it will be easy to find). Wait at Ban Laem until the train leaves to Mae Klong.

Regarding the schedules, there are trains to Wongwian Yai – Maha Chai every hour, however, the ones to Ban Laem – Mae Klong only leave at 4 different times a day: 7.30 A.M., 10.10 A.M., 1.30 P.M. and 4.40 P.M. In case you want to make the most of the day and not spend a lot of time waiting for the trains, I recommend you do it as follows:

          • 8.35 A.M. WongwianYai – 9.30 A.M. Maha Chai
          • 10.10 A.M. Maha Chai – 11.10 A.M. MaeKlong

Regarding the price, the one-way costs a total of 23 baht: 10 baht for each train and 3 baht for the ferry.

But what is the interesting fact? Well, as you will arrive by train at Mae Klong, you will be able to see from its inside what the market at your feet looks like and the whole crowd of people moving away and trying to take a photograph of such a moment at a time. Also, as you will arrive around 11.10 A.M., you will be able to see the train leave at 11.30 A.M. from the outside, which means that you will be able to witness both perspectives.

The way back by van is the same as the one explained in the previous option, including price and schedules. Remember to book it in advance through the 12GoAsia website.

Train Market (Mae Klong)

2. AMPHAWA FLOATING MARKET

About 7 kilometers away from Mae Klong Market you will find the famous Amphawa Floating Market. Therefore, taking advantage of its proximity, it is very convenient to visit both markets on the same day in order to set up a complete one-day-trip from Bangkok.

This market stands out from the most traditional ones due to the fact that many vendors offer both food and other types of products from their boats. In addition, you can ask yourself: “Why visiting this particular floating market, if there are more near Bangkok?” For its authenticity, as it is the floating market where more local people go.

HOW TO GET THERE?

The best option is to go to and from Mae Klong in a mini van, like the one shown in the photo.

At the time when I went, due to the scarce information that I found on the internet, I asked a local woman where I could take the transport to get to Amphawa and she very kindly took me to the stop. It is located just 1 minute walk from the Train Market, where the intersection between Srijumpa and Kasem Sukhum streets is.

Once there, ask for Amphawa and you will be indicated the van in which you have to get on. Moreover, remember to ask the driver to let you know when you have to get off, in addition to checking it on your phone’s GPS. The return is the same but in reverse.

Source: Google Maps

Regarding the schedules, the Amphawa floating market is officially open from Friday to Saturday and on holidays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Although no matter you go before 2:00 p.m., or you stay after 6:00 p.m., you will see either way how there is also activity and many of the shops are open.

Also, I recommend you get on one of the many boats you will find there to take a tour around the market and its beautiful surroundings full of nature.

Amphawa floating market

3. AYUTTHAYA

About 80 kilometers away from Bangkok is Ayutthaya, capital of the Kingdom of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and declared a World Heritage Site in 1991. Going to this beautiful and interesting place is absolutely one of the best day trips from Bangkok you can do. So, below I am going to provide you with all the necessary information so that you can organize and enjoy this visit as it deserves.

Due to its ideal position for commercial traffic with China and the Arabian countries, Ayutthaya lived many years of splendor, during which it gained a very good international reputation and built huge temples. This prosperity came to an end when the war began with the Burmese, who besieged the city until they managed to seize it.

Although the Burmese destroyed much of Ayutthaya when they seized power, many of the buildings that give evidence to such years of splendor are still preserved today.

Currently, the main tourist attraction of the historic complex are the temples, among which stand out:

  • Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol: It is one of the best preserved buildings, which is surrounded by numerous Buddhas adorned with yellow cloaks.
  • Wat Maha That: It is one of the most famous temples since it is where the tree with the most photographed Buddha’s head in Thailand is found.
  • Wat Chai Watthanaram: This impressive temple rebuilt in 1987 is one of the most visited today.
  • Wat Phanan Choeng: Although it is not a very impressive temple due to its exterior, inside it houses the tallest Buddha statue in the country. It reaches almost 20 meters.
  • Wat Phra Sri Samphet: It stands out for hosting 3 large chedis that symbolize the first 3 kings of the city. The images that I show you below correspond to such a temple.

Although from my point of view these are the most beautiful temples in the historical complex and that, therefore, I highly recommend visiting, there are many others whose visit may also interest you.

Phra Mahathat

So, depending on how many temples you want to visit and how quickly you want to see them, you may want to take a day trip from Bangkok or spend a night or two there to enjoy the place in greater depth and tranquility.

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HOW TO GET THERE?

There are various transport possibilities to Ayutthaya from Bangkok:

  • Go by minivan from Makkasan station. In this case I recommend you take the tickets a little in advance from the 12GoAsia website. The journey will take between 1.30 and 2 hours and the price is € 8.
  • Go by train from Hua Lamphong station. From here trains usually leave quite frequently towards Ayutthaya. Although it must be mentioned that they are not usually very punctual. The price of the journey is between 15 baht (less than € 1) and 300 baht, depending on the class in which you want to travel. The duration of the journey is approximately 2h.
  • Go by bus from Mo Chit station. Buses leave every half hour and the ticket price is between 2 and 5 €. The duration of the journey is approximately 1.30h.
  • Go by taxi. Although this option is much more expensive than the others, it is also more comfortable and faster. So, in case you want to opt for it, you can hire it through the 12GoAsia website, the Grab app or even negotiate it with any taxi driver you find in the city. The price range is quite wide, it will depend on whom you hire it with and your abilities when negotiating.

So far some of the best day trips from Bangkok. All of them are authentic, original, historical and ideal places to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Moreover, for those of you who do not like the idea of going on your own, here you have some excursions and organized activities, so that you can still enjoy these fantastic places:

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