The Maeklong Railway Market is, in many ways, just like any other large market in Thailand. There is one big exception. It has a railway line, complete with train, running right through it.
Vendors display their good for sale, as close to the line as possible. Sometimes they may even place it in the middle of the track. However putting it in the middle of the track is now considered not polite as this is where the customers need to walk.
Sometimes the produce is placed directly on the ground very close to the line. In this case vendors need to take care to make sure that the train can pass with safety and not destroy their produce as it passes.
When placed in buckets, boxes and baskets a little more effort is required to remove them when the train approaches.
Shortly before the train arrives, the hordes of tourists arrive, not normally to shop, but to view the spectacle. And what did we all do before the invention of the selfie stick?
Some ride the train to the next station, just for the experience.
The above YouTube video was compiled from footage taken on our tour in April 2016
Immediately after the train passes through the markets, the stall holders reposition their produce and the tourists leave. The station then becomes virtually deserted.
Getting To The Maeklong Railway Market
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