Photaram is a district in Ratchaburi famous for not only the beautiful ladies, but also the rich history and culture that are still well preserved in the community. Talad Kao Chet Samian or the Chet Samian Market is one place in Photaram that has decided to stay back in time regardless the fast-pace life of the outside world.
The street lined up with old wooden buildings that are over 100 years old is undeniably the most remarkable feature of this market. Apart from the fresh food, traditional dishes, and random collectibles that you can find here, you can also visit the community museum where old paraphernalia passed down for generations are displayed. Behind the museum there is a small park area to enjoy the scenery of the Mae Klong River and the lives of the locals. Feeding fish is also another activity loved by visitors to practice generosity in a fun way.
We recommend you to visit Chet Samian on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month because that is when a monthly special occasion “All about Art” is held featuring different artists and performers from the area. But if you cannot arrange that, the local artists also offer interesting drawing and music workshops every Saturday and Sunday for free of charge.
If you are looking for a unique experience for the trip, try to catch the train from Bangkok and get off right at the Chet Samian station. However, it is only a small station before reaching Ratchaburi so be sure you make it clear before buying the ticket that the train does stop here.
From Bangkok, follow Highway No. 4 (Phetkasem) to Ratchaburi passing Bang Kae, Om Noi, Om Yai, Nakhon Chai Si, and Nakhon Pathom.