Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) – Samut Songkhram, Thailand – February, 2018

While Gordon’s brother Tom and wife Laurie were visiting us in Thailand, we thought it would be fun and interesting to take them to see the famous Maeklong Railway Market. The market has been around since the early 1900’s and it’s located literally right on the railway in Samut Songkhram. The market is often referred to as the ‘folding market’ because when the vendors hear the train approaching they quickly pull down their sun shades and move their baskets of goods in exactly the right way so the train doesn’t squish everything. Once the train passes they immediately put back their goods and roll out the sun shades – they do this 8 times a day! 

You walk down the tracks and enter the market

Laurie doing some shopping before the train comes…

Cooling off and waiting for the train to come…


This market mainly consists of food such as Thai sweets, fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood…and frogs along with eels and other wormlike creatures. There were some items of clothing and jewellery but it was minimal. 

Frogs on a stick

This is quite an unusual market in Thailand mainly because the train goes right through the middle of it!  We had wanted to see this for quite some time and we’re glad we could share the experience with our family. 

Check out our video of the market…

Written by: Tammy Hermann…Live~Love~Travel


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4 Responses to Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) – Samut Songkhram, Thailand – February, 2018

  1. Lorraine says:

    That is so neat must see this one of these days

  2. Tim McLean says:

    Do you have any stats for this place? Sunshades ripped down, vegatables just a bit too high, pedestrians hit by train.

    As neat as it is you just, and with that many people so close to the railway you just know every so often there would be some kind of incident.

    • admin says:

      Hey good question, I also wonder about incidents now that you brought it up! The market vendors really do have the folding and unfolding down to a science though 😊

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