Monkeys at Phra Prang Sam Yot shrine in Lopburi, Thailand - photo by Adam Baker

Where to travel in central Thailand

Aside from Bangkok, central Thailand misses out on much of the tourism brochure love that’s afforded to both the south and the north. Sometimes that’s understandable – this is largely rice cultivation country, and it’s not as tightly packed with winning tourist attractions as other parts of Thailand – but that’s not to say there […]

Tha Kha floating market in Samut Songkhram (Mae Klong) near Bangkok, Thailand - photo by Richard Barrow

Tha Kha floating market – perhaps Thailand’s most authentic

Of the many floating markets for visitors to Thailand to choose from, Tha Kha is perhaps the most local of them all, and the closest to whatever that idyllic ‘authentic’ version really is. It’s a great place to get off the well-trodden tourist path and experience a quaint, laidback floating market in a rural Thai […]

Mae Klong railway market in Samut Songkhram, Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

The Mae Klong railway ‘umbrella’ market

Of all the markets in Thailand, perhaps one holds more novelty value and intrigue for visitors than all the others. The Mae Klong railway market, in Samut Songkhram province just south-west of Bangkok, is the stuff of traveller’s tales and countless YouTube videos. With word having got out in recent years and the market consequently […]

Amphawa floating market, Samut Songkhram (Mae Klong), Thailand - photo by Chris Wotton

Food, fireflies and a local vibe at Amphawa floating market

Floating markets are often a rightly a prominent fixture on the itineraries of visitors to Thailand. They offer a unique insight into the lifestyles of past generations of Thais – even if today they’re largely tourist attractions rather than bona fide local markets – and, perhaps more importantly, they’re fun, relaxing places to indulge in […]