Maeklong railway market has come into existence in 1905. It is located at Samut Songkhram Province in the Gulf of Thailand. This is about 1 hour away to the southwest where Samut Sokhan is located. Maeklong train market is surrounded by small canals and at a short distance with Damnoen Saduak floating market. If you are on a trip, you must check Maeklong Railway Market. One of the most common ways of earning income for locals of Thailand is “fishing”. And this market is a great way of selling their goods. This is why officials decide to build railway tracks so the goods can be transported to other provinces around Thailand. And even though, the railway tracks cut straight through the market, the market remains and this is how it’s named Maeklong Train Market.
Other most famous and worth visiting railway markets of Maeklong are Damnoen Saduak floating market and Amphawa floating market which is the most authentic and busiest floating markets. And they are not located at very much distance from each other. Once you are out, you can visit all these markets if you leave home early morning.
When can you visit the Maeklong train market?
You can visit the Maeklong railway market anytime 7 days a week, between 6:20 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. But you should leave early morning if you want to visit the market because it’s very hot and humid at midday and afternoon so it makes you feel uncomfortable and even locals are sleeping in the daytime.
Train timings at Maeklong railway market:
You can hear a train long before you can see it. Because the average speed of a train is no more than 30kmph (19mph). you can visit the Bangkok markets train market anytime in 7 days. Trains are scheduled for a whole week. It’s better if you hang around the platform 15-20 minutes before the arrival or departure of the train.
Maeklong train market’s train schedule:
- Train Arrival times: 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m.
- Train Departure times: 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.
How can you reach the Maeklong railway market from Bangkok?
Well, how you want to reach the Maeklong railway market depends on your budget, ease, and adventurous spirit. There are several ways to reach there. You can take either a minivan, bus, taxi or train. But a minivan is the best option for you if you want to enjoy the ride and reach there at the cheapest rates.
Minivan or bus:
If you want to take a minivan, it departs from Sai Mai Tai (Southern Bus Terminal) Northern bus terminal (near to Mo Chit BTS) and it charges 70tbh per person. Victory monument bus terminal is now closed as they ended their services in 2019. This 90 minutes’ ride will take you directly to the Maeklong railways market. Traffic flow can slightly affect the timings.
Car or taxi:
You can hire a car or taxi with a group of your friends and it will only cost you 2000 tbh for a whole day. the driver will even take you to the other floating markets with the same fare.
A place to stay close to the train station?
Is it a good idea to spend the night near the Maeklong Railway market outside of Bangkok? Definitely! It’s a unique opportunity to explore a side of ‘outside Bangkok’ that most tourists miss, and to get a glimpse of real Thai culture away from the tourist traps.
It’s the best price in Bangkok for double accommodation for just $40 a night (including complimentary breakfast for two).
What else to expect at the Maeklong railway market?
You can buy almost all kinds of goods and products at train markets. Clothing, Thai food, Thai sweets, seafood, meat, and other accessories, you can find everything at the train market. But one thing that the Maeklong railway market doesn’t offer as souvenirs. You need to look somewhere else for them.
Maeklong is very busy in the early morning because the weather is comparatively cooler than the rest of the day. And setting up stalls and shopping is easy and entertaining due to pleasant weather.
Don’t worry about getting run down the train because the train speed is not much and the loud bell starts ringing when the train is near and the train also slows down.
Now, all you need to do is get yourself a train ticket for just 3tbh and visit Bangkok markets train market. It’s worth a visit.