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“Worth the Stop if Combined with other Stops in Area”

Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
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“Worth the Stop if Combined with other Stops in Area”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

This market has quite the history behind it. While it isn’t well document, according to locals in 1906, the government authorized building a train station with tracks running right through what was then one of Thailand’s largest vegetable and seafood markets. The vendors were told to relocate but in protest decided not to. In 1907 they began holding their market right on the train tracks and would just move each time a train came through. What is document enough, is that they have battled many governments and authorities to keep this market going for decades now.

When we went just the other day in June 2014, the market still has vendors set up right touching the tracks. The area shoppers walk is on the train tracks only, and a lot of this is practically in a tunnel or are cornered in by market stands. 7 times per day a train runs through there and the vendors quickly pull their produce or other times for sale back and the shoppers find a place to stand inside where food or other items for sale previously were. As the train comes by people are standing mere inches from it.

I’ve seen many videos on TV about this market and have been intrigued reading about the history of it. I finally got a chance to visit a few days ago. Our timing however did not work out for seeing a train. What is amazing is even though we speak Thai no one knew when the next train was coming. It was 12:30 and one vendor said probably 2PM. Another vendor said the train is under repairs and might not be there till 3PM or 3:30PM and suggested we go to the main station to ask as all trains have been delayed.

The fact vendors didn’t know when the next train would come just shows how casual they all are about the fact a massive train is passing by their market. When hearing it is coming through they just grab and move things back and watch others scurry to a safe place to stand. I’ve seen this on TV, but not wanting to wait around for next train, I rather just enjoyed just taking a quick walk along the tracks.

A tip: Maeklong Market is most often called the Train Market in English, but in Thai is referred to as Talad-Rom-Hoob - ตลาดร่มหุบ which does not transliterate the same. This is best to visit on a weekend, combining it with Damnoen Saduak Floating market, which is 20 minute drive away and open on Saturday and Sunday’s only and only from 8AM to 11AM, and with Amphawa Floating Market which is also only open on Saturday and Sunday and is 10 minutes or less away. The Amphawa one opens earlier but is a nightmarket. Many of the stands do not open until 3PM. If to Amphawa early there are boat tours available that stop at a couple neat to see temples.

Now all this said this Maeklong Train Market in Samut Songkhram really isn’t all that interesting. It is mostly just fruit and vegetables for sale and is the same stuff found in any fresh market anywhere in Thailand. The city surrounding it might be neat to tourist who have only been to beaches, Chiang Mai and Bangkok and never seen a local Thai city of this sort. To most however, the area around just looks like the city area of any semi-well populated sub-district. The market isn’t very well organized, nor do they do a lot to capitalize on the fact that tourists visit here. The local officials could do MUCH more with this. I rate it average, but still it is really neat to see and worth the quick stop if combining it with other things in the area. At lease one of Damnoen Saduak Floating market, and Amphawa Floating Market, if not both.

Visited June 2014
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Saw a few travel shows introducing this railway market, and I told myself I MUST visit this place when I visit Bangkok.

Maeklong Railway Market is 1.5 hours drive away from BKK. My bf and I took a minivan from Victory Monument BTS to get to the market, subsequently a songteow to Amphawa Floating Market and it only costed us 160 Baht per person for a round trip.

Through some research online, we found out there are a few timings for the train to pass by the market, but they fluctuate. We left Bangkok at around 12.10pm and reached Maeklong at 1.30pm. We went to the train station to see the schedule board, and the train would arrive at 1.45pm.
It was an amazing experience to see the train pass by the market through that narrow path. We were blessed to see the train passed by the market again at 2.30pm when it departed Maeklong station.

Definitely worth the trip to travel to the outskirt of Bangkok for a wonderful experience.

Visited June 2014
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“Eye opening experience along the railways!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Love this market! Totally worth the 1.5hrs trip down to the outskirts of Bangkok. It is really a sight to see especially when I was there and the train was just pulling into the station. I was there around 10am (15 June 2014). Love the sights and smell of the place. Bought a few dry goods like dried prawns and salted fish. Had a nice bowl of internal organs soup that was really nice.

If you are on a budget, do take the vans beneath the highway at the end of the sky walkway at Victory Monument BTS. It cost 70 Baht only! Be sure to state the location of the place as I took the wrong van to an EXPO convention centre by mistake. Make sure the price is not less than 70 Baht, if not you are travelling to the wrong place.

Coming back from the train market was a breeze. The vans are parked behind the shop houses with a huge banner that states Victory Monument. You can't miss the sign.

Visited June 2014
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“Up-close and personal with the train!”
Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

My friend and I randomly went to the market on our way to Hua Hin. I've always heard of this market but never really made an effort to go see it. So we just went there without expecting too much.

Got there just in time for the train but with plenty of time to walk along the track, see the market and sit down for a fresh coconut. When the train was approaching all the tourists gathered at the station all blocking each other trying to get photos of the train.

We just walked right into the market, away from the tourists. All shades were starting to get lifted up. Everything was happening around us. The train approached and zoomed past me, just a few inches in front of my nose! Haha! Best experience ever!

Highly recommend going into the market when the train comes but be careful and make sure you have a bit of space to avoid the train!

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“Wonderful experience, but go with a guide”
Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Been there today for the second time and it is still a very interesting place to see. Arrive early so you can spend some time walking around the market area, eat some delicious local food and find a good spot for seeing the train go through the market. Most tourists will be waiting around Maeklong Station, so it's crowdy there. To avoid this go further into the market, along the tracks. But go with a local guide to be sure not to miss the train and get lots of other great tips.

Visited June 2014
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