After my six weeks in the Chaiyaphum, I moved to Mahachai Samut Sakhon Thailand.
Mahachai is located in Samut Sakhon Thailand. It is about an hour’s ride west of the country’s capital, Bangkok.
My friend, Christina from Xplore Asia, worked at a school there and they just happened to need another teacher. I wasn’t ready to leave Thailand yet so I packed my bags and went to Mahachai Samut Sakhon.
I stayed at Christina’s for a few nights while the coordinator looked for nearby apartments for me.
Three days later I was lugging my little suitcase to “the apartment near Pizza Hut.” That was my name for it for the first few months before I knew the name. I still called it that even after I found out the actual name.
My apartment was about a fifteen-minute walk from my other friend Indria’s, twenty minutes from Christina’s, and ten minutes to school. It was in a great spot.
Mahachai Samut Sakhon Thailand has anything and everything.
Just to give a little perspective of the Mahachai layout:
The main road in Mahachai is called Ekachai Road. My apartment was on the corner of Ekachai and Setthakij 1 Road.
The closest Tesco Lotus was about a thirty-minute walk from me. I love walking. It wouldn’t have been so bad BUT it was always sooooo hot in Thailand so walking there wasn’t too enjoyable. I’d literally step outside and start dripping.
Tesco Lotus had a few cute stores inside. Also, a twenty Baht store was right outside. I’d usually buy supplies that I needed to clean my apartment or small necessities.
Inside Tesco, they had: a KFC, and a Dunks (they only sold donuts from what I saw). They also had a cafeteria that had delicious soup, spicy som tam, and omelets. Sometimes Christina and I would go there after school and split some of the dishes. I miss their soup. Walking further past Tesco Lotus they had this sushi place that we went to once and then tried to go again but they were closed.
Funny story: within the first few days that I was in Mahachai Samut Sakhon, a few of us teachers went to Tesco. I went to MK Restaurant by myself. It was pretty difficult ordering since I barely knew any Thai. I ended up just taking a guess and hoping that the dishes didn’t have meat in them. It worked. Later I found Christina and Teddy. They laughed at me.
So, The White Oven, Two Ladies, Christina’s apartment, and Number 8 were on the way to Tesco Lotus.
Two Ladies was not actually the real name of the place but two ladies worked there so that’s what we called it LOL.
Number 8 was our favorite spot. When we’d go to Number 8, we’d have a feast. I actually don’t know if that was the name of it either. As you can tell we made up names for a lot of places.
Cafe’ n Garden and Jaidee were close to Indria’s. Cafe’ n Garden had BAGELS. They didn’t have cream cheese so that was sad. I’d go there on weekends to help with my hangover. The owner was so sweet and spoke English. I still tried to order in Thai most of the time though.
Central Plaza Mahachai had a Homegoods store, Robinsons, Uniqlo, Starbucks, and a few other good stores. Taking a taxi was only about fifteen minutes (with all of the traffic).
The train station that we’d sometimes take to Wongwian Yai in Bangkok and that we took to Maeklong Railway Market was about a fifteen-minute walk from my apartment and past the school. Walking through the fish market was always interesting (and smelly).
Three Girls and A Boy was our weekend spot. They hated waiting on us though because we couldn’t speak Thai. That was on Ekachai Road too but looking at my apartment on a map, it was to the left. We rarely went to that side of town.
Baantoon was another weekend spot that was on the main road. They had AMAZING Pad See Ew. Ahhhh. I ache for it sometimes.
Mahachai Hospital was about a twenty-minute walk from me which I found out when I walked there at 5 am. I got food poisoning one night. It was rough and I had to miss school the next day.
Over that way, they also had a night market, which I regret never going to. There was also a yummy sushi restaurant that we went to a few times.
We got a bunch of seafood and almost got attacked by a dog. I say “Michelin Star” because it was pretty crappy food.
So, off I was to the hospital after being in Mahachai for less than a month. I was given some meds then went home and slept. I think my favorite part of going to the restaurant was that when we were leaving we saw this huge snail.
Thailand was cool for many reasons.
7-eleven is a huge thing in Thailand. They don’t have as many as Japan, but there are numerous stores. Off the top of my head, I can think of one 7/11 near my friend Indria, one across the street from my school, two near Christina’s, one near the van stop, and maybe three or four near the train station/fish market.
Nampu Plaza was also a great little building that was less than five minutes from school. They had a DQ and KFC. Sometimes after school, we’d go and get ourselves a little treat at DQ.
They usually had T-shirts for sale right when you walked in. Upstairs was the food court. They had som tam and fried rice with shrimp and veggies. Delish. On the other floors, they had video games and a great DIY store. DIY had everything..from tools to house supplies to party favors and containers.
Haven Outdoorism was a cute spot. It was on Ekachai Road. They had camping gear and yummy Pad Thai.
Nutty Cake which was this dessert place we went to a few times was right across the street from it.
A few doors down from Haven was another bar called Saan D Me Bar. We went there a few times. They had live music too, wooo. We went there every once in a while and also on the night of my 26th birthday. It was a hoppin’ place.
So they had motorbike stops at basically every corner in Mahachai Samut Sakhon Thailand. I would walk by six stops on the way to Tesco. You’d just tell them where you were going and hop on. I became friends with the guys at two of the stops because I walked by so frequently. We’d just say hello and I’d be on my merry way.
Overall, Mahachai Samut Sakhon Thailand had some great spots.