Weekend Escape to Samut Songkram

Weekend Escape to
Samut Songkram

The famous Maeklong Railway Market, the connection to the sea, and the charming Amphawa
Floating market. Ample reasons to consider exploring the Samut Songkram district
with us by car, train and boat for a weekend-only insight in authentic Thailand.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Just an hour outside Bangkok’ metropolitan borders and you’re entering another side of traditional Thailand.The Samut Songkram province has laid low as a major destination for visitors for quite some year but has flourished over the short time, particularly because of the popular Mae Klong Railway Market (called ‘Talad Rom Hoop’ or Closed Umbrella Market).

Its proximity to the Gulf of Thailand has made it one of the mainland hubs for the thriving fishing industry.Where there is water, there are canals and much of these mangrove covered waterways offer plenty to see, learn and perhaps even do once you venture with us out and about in this lesser-known yet extremely-interesting province.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Weekend Escape to Samut Songkram

08:00 - 20:30

After having enjoyed breakfast at your hotel, it is time to meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a long day out. Together with your dedicated driver, you will make your way in southwestern direction and onto the Samut Songkram province. Depending on traffic, you will reach the famous Mae Klong Railway Market after driving for approximately one hour.

Positioned on the railway tracks ahead, one will see the vendors frantically packing away their stalls as the train slowly approaches at around 11 am, and then once your train has gone through, the vendors setting up their stalls once again on the tracks and reoccupy the iron rails again. The mechanisms included in this daily routine are not only a fabulous sight to admire; it also gives you little time to snap away some images before the train comes to a complete stop.

We board the local train for a short ride before meeting your driver at Lad Yai and continue drive to Klong Kone for lunch. The afternoon is spent in exploring the mangrove forests off into the rural side of Samut Songkram by traditional long tail boat. This is the territory where you will see cockle, mussel and oysters farmers ‘tending to their crop’.

Amphawa is a small riverside town located in Samut Songkram, about 90 minutes south of Bangkok. It is beautiful and atmospheric, full of wooden shop houses, narrow walkways, arched bridges, and has a small floating market that flourishes during the weekend and makes for a fabulous ending of a packed day of being engulfed in the traditional side of Thailand.

Spend the late afternoon and early evening enjoying and exploring Amphawa, and watching the boats come in for the floating market in the late afternoon. In the early evening go back to Bangkok by road and expect to arrive back at your hotel at around 8:30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • A short train ride from Maeklong to Lad Yai
  • Long tail boat ride through the Samut Songkram mangrove forests
  • Local foods testing (snacks and sweets, one dish menu e.g. Pat Thai, noodle soup, fried noodle with soy sauce etc. and a glass of fruit juice e.g. orange, coconut, watermelon) at Amphawa Market

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • This tour is only operated during the weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) in line with the opening of the Amphawa Floating Market.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.

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