Mahachai shortline is no ordinary train route. Originally constructed to transport produce, today this train has become a sort of a tourist attraction. Starting from Wong Wian Yai station in Thonburi in the western part of Bangkok and ending at Samut Songkhram, a port side town. This journey is divided into two parts. The first part is an hour long ride from Wong Wian Yai, an hour long ride of rumbling through Thai countryside full of small canals and farmers, a view in direct contrast to the bustling Bangkok. The second leg of the journey involves getting off at Samut Sakhon, taking a 10-minute ferry across Tha Chin river and board the train at Ban Laem, for a 90-minute ride to Samut Songkhram.
It is during this second leg that you pass through the most interesting train station ever, Mahachai. This station is in the centre of a bustling "wet" market, so much so that the stallholders lay out their wares for display on the tracks themselves, only moving them to allow the trains to pass.
Timings: Trains run every hour from Wong Wian Yai to Samut Sakhon with connecting trains at 10.10am, 1.30pm and 4.40pm to Samut Songkhram. There is also a bus service between Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram and from Samut Songkhram to Bangkok’s south terminal.
Price: You can buy a ticket from the Wong Wian Yai station itself. It's 10 bahts (₹21) per person, one way. The trains are non-ac and the seats are plastic. There are no classes and it's a slow train that stops every few minutes.