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