Once you have been in Thailand for some time, you probably have experienced fresh markets as place where locals are buying their daily groceries. There is fresh markets in every area of Bangkok alone and naturally more outside the big city. If you want to see unique fresh market, its time to make a trip to Samut Songhkram and see Rom hoop railway market.
It is a common fresh market selling seafood, vegetable, fruits, fresh and dried food, meats and other miscellaneous goods. The uniqueness of it comes with the location of it. It’s stalls are attached to the Mae Klong-Ban Laem railway and they are so close that part of the items sold and parasols/umbrellas are in the railway itself. Once the warning signal can be heard, owners/staff of the stalls are hurrying to clear everything from the tracks. As the train runs there several times a day, stall staff are very used to this and no lifes are in danger. It might looks like a bit dangerous when seeing it for the first time though.
Trains will arrive at Mae Klong Station at 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m., and depart the station at 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. These are obviously the best times to visit this market.
You can make day trip from Bangkok with bus or with train. With a car, its roughly 80 km ride. Beware that it’s very popular tourist destination so parking might be a bit challenging.
Location of this market is 15-20 mins away drive from Amphawa floating market and maybe 30-40 mins drive from Damnoen Saduak. Make sure you combine your day trip at least with one of those two options.
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I also made a quick youtube clip on visiting this market. You can check it from here:
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