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!
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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, only to turn back into a market a few minutes later. Now that’s something to write home about.
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The Maeklong Railway Market Vibe
The Maeklong Railway Market is a small authentic market set on the railway tracks just outside of Maeklong Railway Station. When there are no trains you can easily forget this is actually an operating railway line.
The market is cramped and there is a lot of activity going on. Shoppers move at a slow pace while looking at the fresh goods available. Remember to be patient as you walk through here. However, the human traffic gives an authentic feel to the market.
The locals working in the market shows just how relaxed this place actually is. More than half of the stall owners seem to be sleeping in the tropical heat.
Even better, there is no one here to push cheap souvenirs in your face. This is a really authentic Thai market.
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The Maeklong Railway market offers an assortment of fresh foods. With nowhere to cook, fresh seafood probably isn’t an interest to day trippers.
Be sure to try out the local fruits such as the crunchy pink Rose-apples and the huge juicy Pomelos, they look good enough to get anyone feeling a bit hungry. If you’re brave enough you can even try some fresh Durian!
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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 are good and some are interesting. It’s like a lucky dip so just take your chances.
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
Samut Songkhram has a slow-paced lifestyle compared to Bangkok. It is a great way to spend a night away from the big city. Laze away in the afternoon watching boats cool off by jumping in the pool.
And, it is cheaper than accommodation in Bangkok! Try these options for a night away from the city:
- Baan Ampawha Resort – a luxury stay right on the river for a relaxing night
- Bann Reuan Penn Homestay – a traditional wooden house right on the canal for authenticity
Staying around Samut Songkhram will give you an authentic experience and save you money. Double win.
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Getting to the Maeklong Train Market
Getting to the market is achieved by a few different transport options:
- 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 about 90 minutes and the van will drop you off right by the market. Do not go to Victory Monument, services from there 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: getting to the railway market takes about 3 hours in total, one way. You have to catch the train from Wongwian Yai Station then get off at Mahachai Station. Next, cross the river to Tha Chalom Pier and catch the train at Ban Laem Station heading for 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.
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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.
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