New travellers to Thailand will want to check out this market called Maeklong Railway Market, located about 1.5 hours drive from Bangkok city. It is located in Samut Songkram Province and I suggest you to plan your trip with a visit to either Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa Floating Market since they are just nearby. I usually make a short stop when I’m driving towards Hua Hin too.
From the picture, you can see that the market is located next to the railway tracks and what makes this market so unique is that trains actually pass through the market.
You must be wondering, with such a narrow space, how can the train pass?
The train passes by several times per day and upon hearing the whistle / horn from the train, the stall vendors will pull back their tables and canvas shelters, giving space for the train to chug through.
Thai locals and vendors see this as a routine but tourists definitely find it fascinating.
Look at how close the train is!
Be careful when taking your photos and videos as you won’t want to be hit by the train.
Everything goes back to normal once the train passes by.
At the train station, you can see tourists taking photos with the train to mark their time at this unique market.
The train is ready to set off once again!
This market is popular with locals and here’s what you can expect to see and buy.
To get here, you have to either come with a tour service or you can take a minibus from Victory Monument for less than 100 baht per trip.
If you’d like to take a picture of the train coming through the market, here’s the schedule. However, do arrive earlier as there might be slight changes in timing from time to time.:
Arriving at Maeklong Station: 9:45am, 1:45pm, 6:22pm
Departing from Maeklong Station: 6:20am, 10:20am, 2:30pm