Bangkok is the stepping off point to so many interesting parts of Thailand. But you don’t have to stray too far from the city if you want to use it as a base for your trip. There are so many day trips from Bangkok that you can experience. I’m going to share some of the trips I took from Bangkok, during my two trips to Thailand; one back in 2015 and more recently in 2018.
Kanchanaburi by Train
Travelling around Thailand, was one of the most exciting things I experienced during my travels there. Seeing the country from a different perspective and getting to interact with locals during the journey too. And Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by train is a trip definitely worth taking. I actually spent three days in Kanchanaburi, but many people like to visit for the day.
Things to do in Kanchanaburi
World War II plays a huge part in Kanchanaburi’s history and there are a number of places in the area where you can discover more. Learn about the Death Railway, that was constructed by prisoners of war during WWII at the Death Railway Museum. You may also wish to visit the JEATH War Museum, Hellfire Pass Museum or the Chung-Kai War Cemetery. Catch a train across the bridge, or even walk alongside it (just be cautious of the trains). Take a tour along the River Kwai, check out some of the local markets or take a trip to Muang Singh Historical Park.
If you’re taking a day trip from Bangkok, I would 100% recommend adding Erawan Falls to the list of potential destinations. We visited during our trip to Kanchanaburi, but it is doable in one day too. Erawan Falls is located in Erawan National Park and is about an hour’s journey from Kanchanaburi. There are seven levels of waterfalls, all in various sized, depth and colours. But all absolutely beautiful. Spend your day walking around the forest of the national park, or if you’re brave enough to face the fish, take a plunge in one of the falls.
Bangkok to Ayutthaya by Train
If you’re looking for one of the best Thailand train trips, Bangkok to Ayutthaya has got to be a contender. Back in 2018, we travelled from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong to Ayutthaya and back again in a day. For a return journey in third class, we paid 15 Baht per person (around 35p). Sitting taking in another side to Bangkok through the wide-open windows, surrounded by locals travelling with their families and vendors selling succulent mango, chicken with rice and ice-cold drinks, was a fantastic experience. One which we would have missed, had we opted to drive to Ayutthaya.
Historic City of Ayutthaya
The historical city of Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates way back to 1350. I enjoyed it so much on my first trip to Thailand that I made sure to take Dan on our Southeast Asia trip, to show him how cool this city was. As there are so many ruins on the site, all located a fair bit away from one another, I’d suggest hiring a bicycle for the duration. The Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is home to the impressive Reclining Buddha. But my favourite part of the whole area was the lines and lines of smaller seated Buddhas surrounding the much larger structure.
Ayutthaya Floating Market
If you’re in Ayutthaya and have some time, I would recommend a trip to the Ayutthaya Floating Markets. We were charged a 200 Baht entrance fee, which gives you access to the markets, a boat ride around them and a ticket to watch a performance too. Cannons go off every now and again to signal the start of each new performance and the smells of cooking are everywhere. It’s a great place to purchase some local Thai cuisine, purchase a souvenir or just grab a refreshing Thai iced coffee to keep you going for the rest of the day.
Maeklong Railway Market
If you’ve ever seen images or videos of a train passing through a busy market, then it’s probably Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market. This is one for my to-do list when I return to Thailand for sure. Vendors withdraw their awning and tourists get their cameras ready whenever a train goes by. And once it’s passed it’s business as usual at the market! Maklong Railway Market from Bangkok is about an hour away by car. But you can also take the BTS Skytrain to Victory Monument and then catch a minibus. There are also plenty of guided tours that include this market on it’s itinerary too.
There are so many day trips from Bangkok to do and these are just some of the experiences on offer. Have you taken a train from Bangkok and spent a day outside the city? Or joined a guided one day tour from Bangkok? I’d love to hear what you got up to.
Until next time.
Image Credit for Maeklong Railway Market: Skankar/ Flickr