Maeklong Railway Market Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is a country with a love of markets; floating markets, street markets, night markets and now railway markets. Experience Thailand’s most unique attractions by visiting the Maeklong Railway Market!
Here 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 around you can easily forget this is actually an operating railway line.
Walking through the railway market feels cramped with so much activity in a tight space. Shoppers move along at a slow pace eyeing out the fresh goods available. While there’s a bit of a human congestion, it actually keeps an authentic feel to the market.
The locals working in the market show just how docile this place actually is. With more than half of the stall owners dozing off in the tropical heat you realize it if a fairly relaxed place.
There is no one here to push cheap souvenirs in your face. This is a real Thai market much like Ban Nampheung market in Bang Krachao.
What Can I Buy at the Train Market?
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 Roseapples 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 deserts 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 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 Ampawha Floating Market. They’re both worth visiting on this one day trip.
Accommodation near the train market
Want to experience local Thailand a little longer?
Samut Songkhram has a chilled slow placed lifestyle compared to Bangkok. Laze away in the afternoon watching boats go by then jump in the pool to cool off from your afternoon of exploring.
There’s actually an abundance of homestays and family run boutique hotels in the area. For a few nice options try the following:
- Baan Ampawha Resort and Spa – a bit of luxury by the river for a fraction the cost of the city
- Yao In Chan Hotel – located next to the river with a nice pool
- Bann Reuan Penn Homestay – traditional house right on the canal
Getting to the Maeklong Train Market
Getting to the market is achieved by a few different transport options:
- Minivan: departs Bangkok Southern Bus Termainal (Sai Tai Mai) and the Northern Bus Terminal (near to Mo Chit BTS) for 70thb per person, the trip takes about 90 minutes. Do not go to Victory Monument, services do not run from there as of 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 Ampawha 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.
Maeklong Railway Market Train Schedule
Trains arrive at Maeklong Station 7 days a week. That means any day is worth visiting!
Train arrival times are – 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m.
Train departure times are – 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 match the first and last arrivals of the train arriving at Maeklong Station.
It is best to visit the market is in the early morning. Midday and after is fairly hot and uncomfortable as shown by the vendors who are all dozing off. If your only option is to go later it is still a bearable heat.
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