Samut Songkhram is the capital of the smallest province in Thailand situated right next to southwest of Bangkok. It is also known as Mae Klong and usually is just a settlement you drive quickly on your way to Hua Hin from Bangkok. However, city is often visited by hordes of tourists as they want to witness famous “Talat Rom Hub” (market of the folding umbrellas). It is a market installed on the railroad which folds and unfolds at each passage of the train. A surprisingly interesting spectacle!
The city itself is not big but rather calm and can become a great base if people plan to visit nearby floating markets. It has small night market which takes place not far from the train station but the city sleeps early. In the Samout Songkhram province there are many floating markets and most visited is Damnoen Saduak situated 25 kilometers from the city, Tha Kha which is 20 kilometers away and Amphawa only 9 kilometers from Samut Songkhram. From our perspective markets are very similar and it is up to you which you decide to visit. Damnoen Saduak we found to be most expensive when Amphawa offered the best prices.
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