Bangkok side trip – visiting Ganesha

Ganesha

Ganesha

Fairly recently a big Ganesha has been erected outside of Bangkok, at Wat Saman Rattanaram.  See the size of it by Google Street view. It has proven so popular that other temples and statues have sprung up in the same area.  By private transport it would be a half day trip. We thought we’d try public transport, which meant we were away most of the day.

Bangkok's Eastern Bus Terminal

Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal

You can catch a train to Chachoengsao, but we read it’s very crowded and you’d have to stand for two hours. And after that you catch a pickup for the rest of the way, to Wat Saman Rattanaram.  We went by mini-bus (‘Rottoo’) instead to Chachoengsao, and then a pickup ( ‘Ten sou’) to Wat Saman Rattanaram.

inside the bus terminal - the ticket window for C is under that big orange sign

inside the bus terminal – the ticket window for Chachoensao is more or less under that big orange sign

The mini-bus to Chachoengsao departs from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Eastern), on Sukumvit Road, opposite BTS Ekkamai Station. We caught the 8AM minibus, but there are three earlier departures, and the next is at 11.00.  However, check the day before, as timetables change frequently.  A ticket costs THB18, from memory. It took us about two hours to arrive at the Chachoengsao bus station.  We were there at 10.10AM.

the mini-bus to

the mini-bus to Chachoengsao

the bus terminal at C

the bus terminal at Chachoengsao

The pickup to Wat Saman departs from a side street next to the market, about two minutes walk from the bus terminal. Our mini-bus driver showed us where.  We had to wait about 20 minutes for the next departure, at 10.30. The fare was THB30.

the pickup to Wat

the pickup to Wat Saman

on the pickup on the way to Wat Saman

on the pickup on the way to Wat Saman

Ganesha sign

Ganesha sign

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

on the way to Wat Saman

almost there

almost there

And then we arrived at Wat Saman at about 11.25AM.  It has no entry charge.

lots of stalls near the temples

lots of stalls near the temples

first time I've seen this one

first time I’ve seen this one – the sign for the timetable for the pickup back is in front of this.

time table for the pickup back to C

time-table for the pickup back to Chachoengsao – catch the pickup here

Erawan

Erawan

Ganesha

Ganesha

Ganeshas

Ganeshas

dragons

dragons

little island

little island

another Ganesha

another Ganesha

buddhas

buddhas

big Draemon

big Doraemon

huge statue

huge statue

another huge statue

another huge statue

lunch

lunch

my lunch

my lunch

It was interesting to do once and to experience the ordinary public transport.  Bangkok traffic can be bad, so consider which day you make the trip. And take some water to drink,  as usual.

In the Wat market area, we saw a lot of local produce shops, fruit, nuts, cookies, flowers, plants, spice, and charcoal BBQ chicken take away.

The hawker area serves food: food, quality, hygiene, volume and value all were quite satisfactory for a super touristy place.

If you became over heated you can escape to Amazon cafe which is the only air-con place in the Wat.  It is a couple of minutes walk past Ganesha.

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