Maeklong Railway Market Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is a city with a love for markets; floating markets, street markets, night markets and railway markets. Experience Bangkok’s most unique attraction by visiting the Maeklong Railway Market today!
Then, check out another 50 destinations in my insider’s guide to Bangkok.
In this article you will find information on:
- What to buy at the train market
- What time the train arrives & departs
- The market opening hours
- How to get there
- Great accommodation nearby
One minute there is a bustling market under umbrellas with stalls scattered everywhere. The next minute a train passes right through the middle of it all. In a matter of seconds it turns back into a market.
That’s something to write home about.
Staying in Bangkok? Get the Best Hotel Deals Here
The Maeklong Railway Market is a small market on the railway tracks next to Maeklong Railway Station. When there are no trains around, you can easily forget this is actually an operating railway line. When the train sounds its horn, it turns straight back into a railway line.
The market is cramped under the small tent roofs, and there is a lot of activity going on. The local shoppers walk slowly and all over the place while eyeing out the fresh food. Be patient as you walk through here, otherwise, you will just get frustrated.
As you walk around you will probably notice half the stall owners are asleep. Even better, there is no one pushing cheap souvenirs in your face. It is definitely an authentic little local market still.
Visit this authentic Bangkok market: Ban Nam Pheung in Bang Krachao
What Can I Buy at the Bangkok Train Market?
The Maeklong Railway market has lots of fresh food. For most foreign travelers with nowhere to cook, the fresh seafood probably isn’t of much interest. However try a bit of the dried fish or squid, it’s a local favorite.
There are also loads of fresh fruits available, be sure to try out the crunchy pink Rose-apples and the huge juicy Pomelos. They really taste as good as they look. If you’re brave enough you can even try some fresh Durian!
Get more out of Thailand: our detailed guide to Thailand
There’s also a wide selection of Thai desserts available at the Maeklong Railway Market. I’m not familiar with the names but they’re definitely worth trying. Some desserts are good, and some are interesting. It’s like a lucky dip so just take your chances.
Around the market, you will also find some small restaurants and cafes. A meal is about 100 THB which is a fairly standard price. Look out for the guy on the corner who sells homemade ice cream, it’s definitely worth a taste too!
You will not find many souvenirs or electronics at the Maeklong Railway Market. For these, your best bet is back in Bangkok.
Where is the Maeklong Railway Market?
The Maeklong Railway Market is located in Samut Songkhram Province. This is about 1 hour south-west of Bangkok, just beyond Samut Sakhon.
The market is only a short distance from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the busier but more authentic Amphawa Floating Market. They’re both worth visiting on this one day trip.
Accommodation near the Train Market
It is great to have a night away from Bangkok. In Samut Songkhram you will experience the slower Thai lifestyle.
Instead of waiting for hours in the afternoon traffic you can relax by the pool at Baan Ampawha Resort, one of my favorites in the Samut Songkhram area. For something a little more authentic try Bann Reuan Penn Homestay located right next to the canal, where you can watch the boats go by.
Oh, and did I mention that hotels in Samut Songkhram are also cheaper than Bangkok!
Getting to the Maeklong Train Market
There are a few different ways to get to the train market:
- Minivan: departs Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) and the Northern Bus Terminal (near to Mo Chit BTS) for 70thb per person. The trip takes 90 minutes and drops you off right by the market. Do not go to Victory Monument, services ended in 2016.
- Taxi: a driver for the whole day costs about 2,000thb which is economical with a group of 4. The driver can also take you to the Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa Floating Markets for the same fare.
- Train: takes about 3 hours in total, one way. Catch a train from Wongwian Yai Station to Mahachai Station. Cross the river to Tha Chalom Pier. Catch another train from Ban Laem Station to the Maeklong Railway market.
Warning: Thai trains are notorious for running late, therefore, this 3-hour journey can easily take much longer. Trains also have no air conditioning so only choose this option if you are up for the Bangkok heat.
Get Your Free Guide – 10 Bangkok Markets
Maeklong Railway Market Train Schedule 2018
Trains arrive at Maeklong Station 7 days a week. You can visit any day.
The Maeklong Railway Market train Schedule in 2018 is:
- Train Arrival times: 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m.
- Train Departure times: 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
Tip: get down to the railway tracks 10 to 15 minutes before the train arrives or departs. You don’t want to wait another hour if you miss the train by just a few minutes!
Maeklong Railway Market Opening Hours
The train market is open 7 days a week from 6.20am to 5.40pm.
The Maeklong Railway Market opening hours follow the first and last train arrivals at Maeklong Station.
It is best to visit the market in the early morning. Midday and afternoon are hot and uncomfortable. If your only option is afternoon, it is still possible, just be prepared.
Go in the morning, then spend your afternoon in one of these great live music bars in Bangkok. It’s a great way to end your day.
Other FAQ about the Train Market
Is the Maeklong Railway Market closed? The market was temporarily closed in 2015 for track repair works. However, the market has since re-opened for visitors every day of the week!
Which other markets can I visit nearby? The closest market is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Samut Songkhram. You can get there easily by taxi which should cost less than 100 THB.
The Lost Passport’s Bangkok Travel Guide – 50+ Destinations
Loved the Maeklong Railway Market? Discover over 50 Bangkok destinations in my in-depth travel guide.