Thailand Floating Market, Train & so Much More

This was a very long day with so much included. We started very early in Bangkok by Van to the Samut Sakhon Brine Salt Fields. The Salt Fields. This is also where we began our train ride on the Mae Klong Railway that runs to the Train Market also known as the Life Risking Market. We then enjoyed the Market and experienced the oddity of the train running through the middle of it. After that excitement, we were back into the Van heading to the Damnoen Saduak Canal and Ladplee Floating Market. We took an hour-plus ride in a flat-bottom longtail boat through the canals and the floating market as people floated by selling goods and food. Then a 2-hour Van ride back to Bangkok. This was an amazing day full of adventure and new experiences. Below you will find descriptions of each stop and Video Links as well as pictures.

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Samut Sakhon Brine Salt Fields -Samut Sakhon is the biggest producer of brine salt in Thailand. This sea salt is produced by pumping seawater into the banked fields. The salt farmers rotate the seawater to allow for the wind and sunlight to evaporate the water. They continue to rotate the water and salt until all of the water has evaporated leaving a “salt mountain”. The salt is then gathered and taken to the final drying shed to be divided up and sent for processing for use in cooking, skincare, and agriculture.

Mae Klong Railway– The Mae Klong Railway runs for nearly 65 kilometers between Wongwian Yai, Bangkok, and Samut Songkhram in central Thailand. It is famous for passing through the Hoop Rom Market also known as Siang Tai (life-risking market).

Mae Klong Railway Market– The Mae Klong Railway Market/Hoop Rom Market also known as Siang Tai (life-risking market) is a local market in Samut Songkhram Province Thailand. It is called Siang Tai (life-risking market) as the market itself is set up along and on 100 meters (328 feet) of the Mae Klong Railway tracks. The Mae Klong Railway is an active railway that runs up to 4 times a day and when the vendors hear the train whistle they run out onto the tracks to remove their products and pull back their awnings. Customers, Vendors and Tourists alike move back behind a barely seen red painted line while the train goes by and then everyone rushes back onto the tracks to resume the market. It is, to say the least, a very interesting event to witness.

Damnoen Saduak Canal and Ladplee Floating Market– The Saduak Canal and Ladplee Floating Market are located in Damnoen Saduak district, Ratchaburi province approximately 100 kilometers (about 62 miles) southwest of Bangkok, Thailand.
The waterway consists of a 32 kilometers long man-made canal built by King Rama IV 150 years ago to connect the Mae Klong and Tha Chin Rivers. Since that time approximately 200 more side canals have been dug by villagers to extend the waterway system.
The Ladplee floating market is considered the most famous floating market in the area and thus is visited by lots of tourists and has turned into a bit of a tourist market. With more tourists than locals and prices are a bit higher as well. However, it is very interesting to see all of the products and food that are on offer.
The canal portion of the tour I found quite beautiful as you are able to see the homes of the people who live and work along these canals.

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