Mention Bangkok and one of the things that comes to mind is its street markets. Bangkok’s streets are packed with shops and stalls selling all sorts of things. Bangkok’s markets in particular are a great way to see what life is like in the Thai capital. It’s worth taking a day trip from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market.
Of the many things to do in Bangkok, Maeklong Railway Market is certainly one of the most unique.
The market is a day trip from Bangkok and definitely worth a visit. It has an indoor section with plenty of stalls selling all kinds of interesting local food, from thousand-year eggs to live chickens and vegetables.
The most interesting part of the market is the outdoor section, which consists of one long narrow strip with stalls on either side.
Maeklong Railway Market
Walk along the strip and you’ll see a smorgasbord of sights, from women in wide-brimmed hats selling herbs and spices to other local Thai delicacies like frog legs, quail, eel and stingray.
What makes Maeklong Railway Market most unusual is – although it doesn’t look like it – the path that you’re walking on is actually a train track.
When the train comes through, the market vendors leap into action to roll back their awnings and push their stalls out of the way of the oncoming train.
As soon as the train passes, the stalls are pushed back into place and it’s business as usual.
Here’s a tip. Maeklong Railway Market can get pretty crowded so if you want a good vantage point of the train, grab a seat in one of the local cafes and order a coffee or tea while you wait.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Tourism Authority of Thailand