With the recent official opening of the Red Line electric train, we have more options for commuting in Bangkok and its vicinity. You can spend a full day visiting familiar places or attractions along its route to which you’ve never been. This programme highlights interesting stops on the entire Red Line from Taling Chan – Bang Sue – Rangsit.
- Here are some of the places that you can reach with the Red Line electric train, albeit with a combination of other public transportation modes.
- 1 Taling Chan Floating Market – riverside local market place.
- 2 Chang Chui Creative Park – a market with artistic vibes.
- 3 Chatuchak Weekend Market and Or Tor Kor fresh market – the greatest shopping experience.
- 4 Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – home to an impressive Thai art collection.
- 5 Wat Phra Si Mahathat – a temple established to mark Thai democracy.
- 6 The 11th Infantry Regiment’s Plant Market – a popular centre for plants and gardening supplies.
Taling Chan Station – Taling Chan Floating Market
Getting there Take a bus no. 79 extra (red plate) get off at Charan Sanit Wong 40, turn left to get a bus no. 79 at the opposite side of Pata Department Store to get off at Taling Chan District Office where Taling Chan Floating Market located. For more convenience you can take another choice by taking a taxi within a distance of 5 kilometers.
Taling Chan Floating Market
At this suburban community market, you can find fresh produce from growers in Taling Chan district in addition to food, both sweet and savoury, plants, and an assortment of goods.
Food is a major feature at this market and is the star from the entrance until the riverfront where you will see vendors plying their trade on boats in the tradition of a floating market. Thai traditional music is performed for free during the day from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join karaoke in the garden if you love to sing or listen to others!
- located next to the Taling Chan District Office – Khlong Chak Phra, Taling Chan, Bangkok
- Open Saturday – Sunday and holidays from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 087 694 3219
Bang Bamru Station – Chang Chui Creative Park
Getting there Get off at Bang Bamru Station and walk about one kilometre, or take a taxi or Bus No. 79.
Chang Chui is a must-visit if you’re looking to shop and dine in a creative space of Thon Buri.
You will enjoy its well organised green area, arts and crafts, not to mention its de facto hallmark – a real airplane.
Chang Chui is open every day but is more lively in the evening with the opening of its night zone when stylish bars and restaurants start operating.
- Chang Chui has three entrances:
- Gate 1 on the Sirindhorn Road
- Gate 2 and 3 under the Si Rat – Outer Ring Road Expressway.
- Sirindhorn Road, Bang Phlat, Bang Phlat, Bangkok
- Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- 081 817 2888
Bang Sue Grand Station – Chatuchak Weekend Market and Or Tor Kor.
Getting there Get off at Bang Sue Grand Station and change to the MRT Blue Line to get off at Kamphaeng Phet or Chatuchak Park Station.
Chutuchak Market needs no introduction. It’s already synonymous with the greatest weekend market of Bangkok where some 13,000 stalls spread across 35 acres and 26 sections sell goods ranging from food, clothes, souvenirs and home décor, and much more.
It’s impossible to leave this market empty-handed!
- Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Chatuchak Market opening times:
- Plant market
- Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00.pm
- Wednesday-Thursday from 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Some shops are open for 6 days. While there, you can check directly with those shops.
- Plant market
Or Tor Kor Market
Or Tor Kor is across the street from Chatuchak Market. High-quality fresh produce, including seafood as well as cooked food is available at this “wet market” that is clean and well-organised. The government-owned Or Tor Kor was set up about 45 years ago to help farmers distribute their produce.
The premium fruits of Or Tor Kor are especially well-known among foreign visitors.
- 101 Yan Phahon Yothin Road, Chatuchak, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 02 278 2936
Bang Khen Station – Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Getting there Get off at Bang Khen Station. The Museum is only a 700-metre walk from here.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
A private museum founded by well-known businessman Boonchai Bencharongkul, MOCA displays his impressive collection of works by famous Thai artists. The Museum is also dedicated to the father of Thai art, Achan Silpa Bhirasri, who was instrumental in the founding of today’s Silpakorn University.
The 5-storey building displays various disciplines of Thai art with a different theme for each zone. There are both permanent and rotating exhibitions, so you can keep coming back.
- 499 Kamphaeng Phet 6 Road, Latyao, Chatuchak, Bangkok
- Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Admission fee : Adult 250 Baht / Student 100 Baht
- 02 016-5666-7
Laksi Station – Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahawihan and The 11th Infantry Regiment’s Plant Market
Getting there Get off at Laksi Station and then take a taxi or bus No. 59 at the bus stop opposite Wat Laksi. The temple is near the fifth stop, about 2.5 kilometres away.
Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahawihan
This temple has an intriguing background. Formerly named “the Temple of Democracy, it was founded in 1941 by the government of Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram in commemoration of the government’s victory over the Boworadet rebellion in 1933.
The white bell-shaped stupa is enshrined with the Buddha’s relics from India. The temple’s name was later changed to Wat Phra Si Mahathat to reflect the temple’s status as a home to the great relics.
- 149 Phahon Yothin Road, Anusawari, Bang Khen, Bangkok
- 02 521 0311
Cross the road and walk around five minutes go to The 11th Infantry Regiment’s Plant Market.
This is among the established places in Bangkok where you can find a wide selection of plants and gardening supplies. It was set up inside the barracks to help military families earn extra income. You are required to deposit your ID when entering the military zone.
- 106/1218 Phahon Yothin Road, Anusawari, Bang Khen, Bangkok
- Open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 095 183 6379