Cycle Trip to Mahachai with Grasshopper Adventures

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TRAVEL DATE: 30 May 2015
DESTINATION: Samut Sakhon Province

Grasshopper Adventures offers bicycle tours all over Thailand and the region. I have done a bicycle and boat tour with them before in Bangkok (see tweets).  This time it was a one day tour by train and bicycle to the Gulf of Thailand in Samut Sakhon province. This area is known locally as Mahachai. We first cycled to Wong Wian Yai railway station in Bangkok, and then caught the train to Mahachai. We then cycled down to the coast. We visited a mangrove conservation centre, salt pans and fishing villages.  During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here for the embedded tweets.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

Samut Sakhon is only a short distance from Bangkok and you can get there easily by train or bus. If you have your own car, the journey takes less than an hour from Bangkok. Samut Sakhon was formerly called Tha Chin probably because, in the old days, it had been a trading port dealing with a vast number of Chinese junks. The name of the town was changed to “Mahachai” when Mahachai Canal was dug in 1704 to join the Tha Chin River to the town. Later, the town was renamed Samut Sakhon by King Rama IV but it is still popularly called “Mahachai” by the villagers.

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LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Grasshopper Adventures 13.757264 100.499981
Bang Luang Mosque มัสยิดบางหลวง 13.738019 100.489401
Wat Bang Sai Kai วัดบางไส้ไก่ 13.732458 100.489301
Wong Wian Yai Station สถานีรถไฟวงเวียนใหญ่ 13.724583 100.491921
Mahachai Station สถานีรถไฟมหาชัย 13.546299 100.276877
Wat Bang Ya Praek วัดบางหญ้าแพรก 13.51796 100.265382
Bird Houses 13.511832 100.270557
Mangrove Forest Study Centre อนุรักษ์ป่าชายเลนเพื่อการท่องเที่ยว 13.502904 100.270772
Salt Fields 13.508714 100.255623
Krua Wasana Restaurant 13.469334 100.217624
Memorial Bridge สะพานพุทธ 13.739008 100.497514
Flower Market 13.742095 100.497373

PHOTO ALBUM – All photos were shot on an iPhone

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