Visiting Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok in 2024

Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market is a super cool place to visit from Bangkok, especially if it’s your first time there. This market is special because it’s right along a railway!

I went there with my wife and we had a blast. It’s definitely a spot you should add to your Bangkok itinerary.

In this article, I’ll share what you can discover and buy at the market. I’ll also guide you on how to get to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok.

Let’s dive into exploring this amazing market in Thailand! 😊

Maeklong Railway Market Overview

Maeklong Railway Market Overview
A typical scene at Maeklong Railway Market

Maeklong Railway Market stands out because it’s not just any ordinary shopping place. Located near train tracks, it offers a unique experience.

When a train comes, the sellers quickly move their stuff and umbrellas. This is what makes the market so interesting and why lots of tourists love it.

Make sure to have your smartphone or camera ready to capture this one-of-a-kind scene. The market is known for its variety of vegetables, fresh fruits, and dried snacks.

A day trip to Maeklong Railway Market from downtown Bangkok is a truly special way to experience local shopping.

Before you go, it’s a good idea to learn more about it. I’ve got lots of helpful info below for you to check out.

Maeklong Railway Market Train Schedule

Maeklong Railway Market Train
Maeklong Market and its busy railway scenes

To catch the highlight of the market, be sure to check out the train schedule below. This will help you plan your visit accordingly so you’ll get a chance to take a photo with the train.

It’s also suggested that you arrive at the railway track 10 minutes before the scheduled train arrival or departure. This way, you can choose your preferred spot to capture the moving train.

Train Arrival Time at Maeklong Train Station:

8:30 AM, 11:10 AM, 2:30 PM, and 5:40 PM

Train Departure Time from Maeklong Train Station:

6:20 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM

Popular Market Stalls to Explore

Aside from the main attraction, Maeklong Railway Market is also filled with all sorts of goods.

There are a lot of vegetables, fruits and snacks on display. Fresh seafoods are being sold here as well.

1. Local Products

Maeklong Railway Market Stalls
A great assortment of items

The market scene is always jam-packed with different local products. Whether you’re looking for vegetables or dried fruits, this place has all the things you need.

And the most unique part is that these items are presented just beside the railroad track. Vendors have mastered the art of pulling in and pulling out their displays to give way to the train.

2. Fresh Fruits

Lychees, Rambutans, Mangosteens, and Limes
Delectable lychees, rambutans, mangosteens, and limes for everyone

For those who love lychees and rambutans, you’ll be delighted to find a lot of these sweet fruits here. These are mostly sold at affordable prices.

You’ll also find fresh limes and mangosteens paraded along the railway.

3. Leafy Vegetables and Other Fresh Produce

Vegetable Stall at the market
Green vegetables and more

Continue strolling around and you’ll be surprised with the abundant collection of vegetables. From leafy veggies to root crops, this market got everything for you.

Surely, you’ll have fun shopping around because of the wide assortment of veggies.

4. More Vegetables and Pre-packed Goods

Garlic, Onions, Gingers and Curry Powders
Cheap and fresh products

One of the best things when buying from a local market is that you can buy in smaller packs.

You can buy garlic, onions, gingers, and tomatoes individually or in minimal amount.

Most of the veggies and spices are also already pre-packed.

5. Seafood Choices

Fishes, Squids, Prawns, and Crabs
Stalls loaded with fishes, squids, prawns, and crabs

Carry on with your shopping and visit these seafood stalls. The seafood options in the market are simply irresistible.

They have prawns, squids, and fishes, as well as some small and big crabs. All these are fresher and even way cheaper than those in the supermarket.

Best Foods to Take Home

Dried Durians and Mangoes in the railway market
A selection of dried durians and mangoes

Aside from the fresh produce, the market is quite famous for its dried fruits. These include the ever-interesting durians and always-delicious mangoes.

Surprisingly, the dried fruits sold at Maeklong Railway Market are very affordable. In fact, these are way cheaper than other Bangkok market like Asiatique The Riverfront.

In general, the vendors sell 1 pack of dried durian at 150 Baht. But if you buy 3 or more, you can get a discount.

For 1 pack of dried mango, these are sold at 80 or 100 Baht, depending on weight.

So, if you plan to buy 3 or more dried durians or dried mangoes, make sure to strike a bargain. Often, the vendors give an extra 10% to 20% discount from the listed price.

Must-try Drinks and Desserts

Cold Coconuts
Enjoy these fresh coconuts drinks

The coconuts sold here are very cheap. The lowest price is only 20 Baht, so be sure to try it out.

Along with these, there are many fresh juices too. Some of the options include pomegranate juice, watermelon juice, mango juice, orange juice, and more.

To top it all, the market also has plenty of delicious Thai desserts. Don’t miss their famous mango sticky rice and coconut ice cream.

Clothing and Souvenirs to Shop at Maeklong

Thai Clothing
Local apparel in unique colors and designs

These gorgeous, multi-coloured Thai dresses will surely catch your attention.

There are plenty of styles to choose from, including asymmetrical prints and floral designs.

Aside from that, you’ll find stylish shorts and pants at affordable prices.

So, if you’re looking for fashionable clothes, go around the market stalls and pick your favorite item.

Wallets and Colourful Hats
A distinctive set of souvenirs

Completing the assortment of items in the market are these colorful souvenirs. Most of these are directly presented along the railroad tracks.

Some of the items you’ll come across are vivid fans, patterned wallets, and beautiful hats. These local products are definitely great souvenir items for your family and friends.

Maeklong Market Nearby Attractions

Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa markets are located near Maeklong Railway Market.

So, if you want to continue your adventure, these two markets are definitely worth the visit.

I’ve written separate articles for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Amphawa Floating Market, which you can check it out.

And if you want to explore other top-rated sites, check my suggestion for the best things to do in Bangkok.

4 Ways to Go to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok

There are 4 methods to travel from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market―via minivan, shuttle bus, private tour, and train.

The travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. And during our trip, we personally picked the shuttle bus (below option 2). This already comes with a local tour guide. Don’t worry because I will further explain why we chose this option.

So, let’s check out the 4 transport ways below.

1. By Minivan

Getting to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok by Minivan

  1. Take the BTS Silom Line to Bang Wa BTS Station.
  2. From there, go out the Exit 1 for you to take a taxi to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai).
  3. At the bus terminal, ride a minivan to Maeklong Railway Market. It departs every 40 minutes.
  4. The minivan ticket costs 70 Baht and the journey takes around 90 minutes.

2. By Shuttle Bus

Maeklong Railway Market Tour by Shuttle Bus from Bangkok

We took this shuttle bus to Maeklong Railway Market from the city centre of Bangkok.

I believe this is the most efficient and safest way to avoid inconvenient transfers and possible scammers.

Another nice feature of the shuttle bus is that it has its own professional local tour guide. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

He even gave us a lot of recommendations about the must-try unique foods, along with some key tips and tricks. This really helped us buy delicious local foods at a cheaper price.

So, if you want to follow our experience, you can book the best shuttle bus here.

3. By Private Tour

Another option if you’re from Bangkok is to book a private tour going to Maeklong Railway Market.

This is suitable for those looking for the fastest and safe transportation. It’s because the private tour comes with a car or van.

It also offers hotel pick-up and drop-off services for added convenience. Hence, this option is also ideal for those travelling with the entire family and groups of friends.

You’ve two options for the private tours. Choose either one―Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market or Amphawa Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market.

4. By Train

Getting to Maeklong Railway Market by Train

  1. To reach Maeklong Railway Market, first, ride the BTS Silom Line to Wongwian Yai BTS Station in Bangkok.
  2. Go out the exit 1 from the station and then walk to Wongwian Yai Train Station.
  3. From there, take the train go to Maha Chai Train Station.
  4. When you reach the train station, you should walk to Maha Chai Pier and then take a ferry boat to Chalom Pier.
  5. From that pier, you should walk to Ban Laem Train Station.
  6. And then, take a train to go to Maeklong Train Station.
  7. The one-way journey takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. It costs 20 Baht.

*Kindly take notes this is the slowest way of getting there. Plus, the trains don’t have air-con and only installed with mini fans.

So, we’ve reached the end part of my guide. Thank you for reading the entire article all the way up to here. I really appreciate it and I hope that you find it helpful and informative. 😊

Maeklong Railway Market definitely deserves a spot in your Bangkok travel itinerary.

The unique location of the market, as well as the amazing display of local products, is something that you shouldn’t miss out on.

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