An hour’s drive from Bangkok, there is little to separate Mae Klong Railway Market from other traditional Thai markets selling fresh vegetables, fish, meat and other edibles.
However, things do start to appear different when you consider that the market is virtually located right over a live railway. The stalls of the market actually flank a narrow gauge line running from and to Mae Klong and Mahachal and the goods are often spread right over the railway track. At first sight, it will look like an abandoned line.
However, your illusion will get shattered soon: right upon hearing the ring announcing the arrival of a train and upon watching the chaos breaking out.
The vendors will start closing their parasols or folding the awnings of the shop; the line will be cleared of the items lying there; and so on…! Though soon after the train passes, everything will come back to normal again! For the time the market remains open (6am – 6pm), this happens as many as eight times every day!
The other monikers earned by this railway market in Samut Songkhram, namely ‘Siang Tai’ and ‘Hoop Rom’, are owing to these peculiar activities involved here.
For siang tai and hoop rom in Thai mean ‘life-risking’ and ‘parasol/umbrella-closing’, respectively!Places nearby:
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Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn): Mount Meru in Bangkok 64 km / 40 mi
Lam Phaya Floating Market: A taste of whole fish and Thai countryside close to Bangkok 65 km / 40 mi
Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon), Bangkok: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha 65 km / 40 mi
Jim Thompson's House: Home Of The American Architect, Art Collector, And Businessman 68 km / 42 mi