The unique attraction about Bangkok’s Maeklong Railway Market is the fact that a train literally runs through the market 8 times a day.It is fascinating yet bizarre sight watching the market vendors selling their goods laid out on both sides of the railway track.
In the morning, the train passes by the market 4 times. The train arrives at 0840hrs from Ban Laem Station and departs from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 0900hrs. The next train arrives at 1120hrs from Ban Laem and depart from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 1130hrs
In the afternoon, the train passes by the market 3-4 times. The train arrives at 1430hrs from Ban Laem and departs from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station at 1530hrs. The next train arrives at 1740hrs from Ban Laem and may or may not depart from Maeklong (Samut Songkram) Railway Station.
The action at Maeklong Railway Market begins just about 4-5 minutes before the train is due to pass by the market. One moment, you might see the locals shopping for their vegetables and the next moment, some vendors will begin packing their boxes of vegetables/meats and just as the siren (signalling the train is coming), the market comes alive with the vendors keeping their low-lying awnings, umbrellas – practically anything that lies over the train tracks. Then the market comes to a standstill as all the vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings.
The train then moves slowly and passed over the leftover items on the tracks.Once the train is gone, the vendors push back the stalls and awnings into position and resume its business again as if nothing has happened – nobody gets excited or annoyed by it, after all the market has been here for generations way before when the railway was set up in 1905.