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This is a unique market that is held every day literally on the rail tracks. Just before the train arrives in the town, the market stallholders have to pull back their awnings and remove their produce from the tracks. They then have to repeat all of this when the train returns. Fortunately it is not a busy track. The train leaves four times and it arrives four times. The track is not part of the national network. It only runs between Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkram.

Location:  Samut Songkhram

approx 75kms South West of Bangkok Longdo map link

Bangkok’s Maeklong Market has been in existence for decades. It remained relatively undisturbed until the later creation of the Maeklong Railway and, contrary to what you might see in the United States and in other parts of the world, there was no eminent domain law forcing market vendors to move.

Making way for the Train

The result? Every single day the Maeklong Railway line passes through Maeklong – 8 times a day, 7 days per week. The train literally runs directly through the middle of the market, forcing vendors to pull back their awnings and wares while shoppers find a place to step off of the track that serves as their only walkway.

The second the train passes through, the awnings are lowered to their original positions, protecting the people and food from the heat of the mid-day sun. Rolling containers of fish, fruits, and vegetables are pushed back into position and business resumes as if nothing had happened.

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The beginning of the name Mae Klong.
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Traveling this Railway

The Maeklong Railway from Bangkok opened in 1905 and has a total of 18 stations in small villages and towns from beginning to end. The railway, which receives relatively little use compared to those in major cities, is regularly threatened with closure – though it seems that may never really happen.

The Maeklong Railway has two sections. The first goes as far as Samut Sakhon, sometimes referred to as Mahachai, where the railway suddenly ends when it reaches the river. After taking a ferry to the other side you can purchase a second ticket which will take you to Samut Songkhram, also referred to as Maeklong. Once you pass through the market at Maeklong you will reach the end of the railway line at yet another river.

The Maeklong Railway has only one track, making it difficult to operate more than two or three trains at a time. The only time two trains can pass each other is if they are resting in one of the terminals.

Tourists on the Maeklong Railway should carefully plan their trips. The timing of the trains on each side of the river do not match up – as if they don’t really expect anyone who is merely visiting as a tourist to want to cross the river to begin with, let alone catch the next train. In some instances you may arrive as the train is pulling out of the station, while in others you may have to wait as long as two hours for the next train to arrive.

Exploring this Market

When the train reaches the end of the railway line in Maeklong tourists will have plenty of time (about an hour) to get off the train and explore the market before the train turns around again. As soon as you reach the market you’ll be astounded at how well run it is, especially considering the most recent interruptions caused by your train as it rumbled through.

Introduce yourself to the locals and you’re bound to be greeted with welcoming smiles and handshakes. The locals in Maeklong rarely expect tourists to visit just to see their market and you will be as interesting to them as they and their businesses are to you.

When you get up close, be sure to explore the trays of vegetables and fish along the rails. You’ll notice that many are on wheels so that they can easily be slid out of the way when the train comes through. Other vendors have to physically lift their goods out of the way but there is always enough warning so that no one’s goods (or physical self) are harmed.

Debate over the Market

When pictures of the Maeklong Market first appeared on the internet there was quite a bit of debate about whether or not the market was real or was the creation of a creative individual well-versed in Photoshop. It seems unreal that a market would operate so close to a railway that containers of fruits and vegetables would actually be passed over by the train as it passes.

Fortunately, there are now several documents by both amateur and professional travelers – each attesting to the reality of the situation in Maeklong. The market is real, the train is real, and the people are real.

Maeklong is their home and they were there first – the train came along later on. The locals here are merely attempting to survive.

Video of the Market

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Getting there

Cheap and D.I.T. (Do it yourself)

For those planning a trip down to Maeklong from Bangkok to Maeklong, note that the journey involves two train trips, punctuated by a ferry ride. From Bangkok the train departs from Wong Wian Yai station. The nearest BTS Station is Wangwan Yai (20 minutes walk). From here you get the train to the end of the line at Mahachai.

This train takes about an hour. At Mahachai, exit left of the train, then turn right into the market street. It’s a fishing port so you will see seafood everywhere. Walk to the end of the street and on your left you will see the river and the ferry terminal.

You now catch the ferry across the river to Ban Laem. At Ban Laem walk through the market and at the street entrance, turn right. Keeping walking down this street for about 10 minutes and you will get to the station where you can take a train to go straight to Maeklong (1-hour long journey).

Note that the timing of the trains on each side of the river do not match up. In some instances you may arrive as the train is pulling out of the station, while in others you may have to wait as long as two hours for the next train to arrive.

When the train reaches the end of the railway line in Maeklong, you will have plenty of time (about an hour) to get off the train and explore the market before the train turns around again. Double-check with the train conductor on the last train timings so you don’t end up being stranded in Maeklong. This DIY trip to Maeklong Railway Market will cost less than 150 Baht.


Samut Songkhram is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from the south clockwise) Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Sakhon. Local people call Samut Songkhram Mae Klong. The province is the smallest of all Thai provinces areawise. Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous ...

The market is known by two other names locally – 'Hoop Rom' meaning 'umbrella-closing' market and also Siang Tai meaning'life-risking' market.

A khlong (also commonly spelled klong; Thai: คลอง, pronounced [kʰlɔ̄ːŋ]) commonly refers to a canal in Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, the Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers, and their tributaries particularly in the low-lying areas of central Thailand. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals. Many smaller rivers are referred to as "khlongs", followed by the name of the stream.

The meaning of the name 

there are several theories in the archives 

1. the area was (historically) the border of two (2) areas / provinces  and this became the centre point "the mother" point and a large drum was set up on the temple as a signal system and thus the spot called Mae klong  being mother drum  (the big drum) 

2. the word klong is for canal but can also be used for river or other water ways  
the spot was the point where the larger river (mae naam) entered smaller waterways Klong 

to mark the position and recognise it as a station the name Mae klong   (mother canal / larger canal or waterway) was used 
a temple was later erected and a large drum was constructed on the temple and used to sound alerts and such to surrounding dwellers 

there is confusion as to whether the name refers to the fact it is the larger mother canal /water way or the place where the large drum was located 

it is fair to say it was 1st because of the waterway system and drum is second as the river existed before someone built the drum