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MAEKLONG RAILWAY MARKET
Most probably you already have heard of the Maeklong Railway Market and maybe even watched a movie of it. This unique market is situated at the railway of the village Samut Songkhram or also called Meaklong (Mae Klong). Here goods and products are sold on the outskirts and even on the railway to the visitors who visit this market. This market is not very far from the Amphawa Floating Market so with some good planning you can visit these two typical Thai markets on the same day.
By train through the Maeklong Railway Market
As the train approaches the Maeklong Railway Market, a horn is blown and the sellers have to retract their awnings and remove as much of their merchandise as possible from the track. An ideal moment to shoot pics and vids! There are about 17 trains running on this track every day. So if you hear the train approaching, step aside, they remain trains of course… The trains on this track don’t run very fast so you do have some time to step aside. But don’t take any unnecessary risks for that one “perfect shot”. At the Railway Market you’ll mainly find food products including fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The main reason to visit this market is of course the moment the train passes the market.
Information Maeklong Railway Market
Open: Daily from 06:00 – 17:00
Address: Kasem Sukhum Alley, Mae Klong, Samut Songkhram (about 70 km from Bangkok)
Route: You can take the BTS Skytrain first to Wong Wian Yai station (note this is the BTS station) and then walk to the train station of the same name. By train you leave from Wong Wian Yai station to Mahachai (also called Samut Makhon). After walking 150 meters you take the ferry directly to the market (is all neatly explained at the station of Mahachai). Or you just take a taxi from your hotel.