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This Bangkok Market Packs Up and Moves Every Time a Train Comes

by Matador Creators Jan 13, 2023

The Maeklong Railway Market in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the most special (and frightening) markets in the world. It’s a bustling outdoor market that runs alongside an active train track, making for an startling daily ritual. Every day, vendors set up their stalls and the market starts to buzz with activity, but when a train comes by, everything changes.

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When visitors arrive at Maeklong Railway Market they are immediately greeted by the sight of locals selling their wares along the tracks. From fruit and vegetables to clothes, jewelry and more, it’s the perfect place to souvenir shop. And while shopping, visitors will also get to witness a special event twice a day – a train passing through the middle of the market. As each train approaches, vendors quickly fold up their umbrellas and move their goods out of its way so that it can pass safely through the market. Once it has passed, they quickly return to their spots and continue business as usual.

Aside from its fascinating railway antics, there are plenty of other reasons why you should visit this bustling Thai market. The freshest fruits and vegetables can be found here at incredibly affordable prices which would make any bargain hunter smile! You can also purchase local delicacies like freshly cooked Pad Thai or sweet desserts such as coconut ice cream or mango sticky rice. Plus, if you’re looking for souvenirs you can take home some handmade crafts made by locals or pick up some cheap clothing items such as traditional sarongs or ornamental jewelry pieces.

The Maeklong Railway Market isn’t just about shopping — there are plenty of other things to do nearby as well. For example, nearby Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is another popular destination for travelers who want to get a glimpse of local life in Thailand. There’s also Ao Phrao beach, which is perfect for swimming or sunbathing during your stay. Plus, visitors can find some great restaurants around town serving up delicious traditional Thai cuisine.

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