Maeklong Railway Market , Bangkok


The Maeklong Railway (also known as the Mae Klong Railway) is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) (Metre gauge) railway that runs for nearly 67 kilometres between Wongwian Yai, Bangkok, and Samut Songkhram in Central Thailand. The line consist of two sections: the eastern Mahachai Line, which runs between Samut Sakhon and Wongwian Yai with 18 stations; and the Ban Laem Line, which runs between Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram with 15 stations. The two stretches are separated by the Tha Chin River at Samut Sakhon.



The railway became famous for its route through the Maeklong Railway Market, nicknamed (Talad Rom Hoop), meaning the 'Umbrella Pulldown Market'.It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand, and is centred on the Maeklong Railway's track.Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed.


This market is definitely worth going to.Walk the entire length along the tracks , cross the road and walk through the station to the river, where the busy ferry loads and unloads passengers and motorbikes. 



Also don't smoke in the market coz it's quite crowded and pack with people , Stand 2 meter off the tracks when the train comes through , there's real dangerous by getting hit , also of being pushed onto the tracks by other tourists just because they want for a good view.The train comes very close so please be careful when taking pictures and videos. 



The train passes 3 times a day so do check out the schedule before heading down.The train stops for 20 minutes and one can take pictures on the train - very old-style and exotic. 

This train market is definitely worth to visit even that 1 hour drive to out of Bangkok!  


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