Go shopping along a train line and experience a rather unique market adventure.
Here’s the most complete guide to Maeklong Railway Market for first time visitors.
In this blog, I’m going to walk you through what things to do and buy in Maeklong Railway Market.
Also, I will share with you how to maximize your time in this impressive train market.
Therefore, you can plan ahead to make your train market trip more enjoyable and memorable.
Aside from this, in here, I will guide you how to get to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok.
Soon, you will know the different ways of getting to train market including the best and easiest one.
In summarize, after reading this blog, you will be more familiar with the train market and how to go there easily.
Let me start introducing Maeklong Railway Market to you!
Ever wondered why this railway market is always jam-packed with locals and tourists?
It’s because this isn’t just your normal shopping destination.
This railway market famous for selling dried fruits, along with some fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
During the train approaches, local vendors would move their umbrellas and their products. And as soon as the train passes, the business continues.
These are regular sights you’ll see in this distinct marketplace. It might appear dangerous, but amazingly, these have been part of the locals’ daily lives.
That is why it’s a must to visit the place and experience it first-hand. Explore the surrounding stalls of the train line and act like a local.
And, don’t forget to capture some thrilling shots before the train draws near the railway track.
Without a doubt, spending your time here is something one for the books.
Now, let’s kick start with the important things you should know before visiting the train market.
4 Important Things You Should Know Before Visiting Maeklong Railway Market
Tip #1: Shop for the railway market’s best goods
There are lots of things sold in the market, but it’s their dried fruits that will really catch your attention.
These tasty goodies are everywhere!
From left to right, you can find different dried fruits such as dried durians, mangosteens, and mangoes.
So, if these are your favourites, then better buy here so that you’ll save money.
The dried fruits sold at this railway market are actually way cheaper compared to those in supermarkets.
Tip #2: Don’t miss the fresh coconuts at the Train Market
Beat the heat with some fresh coconuts!
The coconuts sold in this train market are very cheap, with the lowest price at 15 Thai Baht only.
Because of its price and freshness, these coconuts are too hard to resist.
But make sure not to drink more than 2 coconuts so you won’t have diarrhea.
Tip #3: Learn some basic and common Thai Language for shopping
When you shop in local markets, it’s best to know some basic shopping phrases in Thai.
This will help you speak and converse with the vendors smoothly.
Here are some that you need to know:
- Hello – Sawadee Krap (Male)/ Sawadee Ka (Female)
- How Much – Thao Rai
- Discount – Loht
- Yes – Dai
- No – Mai
- Thank You – Khop Khun Krap(Male)/ Khop Khun Ka (Female)
Tip #4: Know some tactics when bargaining price for dried fruits
When visiting this railway market, make sure to visit different stores first so that you’ll know the price range.
Once you’re done with the stall hopping, choose the cheapest store and start bargaining.
Begin by cutting the price to 10% or 20% and wait for their response.
If they do not accept the price, try to leave.
Generally, sellers would accept your offer.
In case they don’t accept your bargain, just look for other stores.
Maeklong Railway Market Train Schedule
For you to get the most convenient location, be at the railway track at least 10 minutes.
This will give you enough time to take good-looking photos before the train arrives or departs.
Know the train schedule so that you can prepare ahead of time.
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
What Things to Do and Buy in Maeklong Railway Market?
Maeklong Railway Market is such a standout attraction in Thailand.
Unlike normal markets situated in convenient locations, this one is positioned right on the train tracks.
As the train passes through the marketplace, eight times a day, a crowd of tourists waits in anticipation.
Wait for the train’s arrival and departure at the side of the train tracks.
But always remember, safety first! Don’t worry because you’ll hear the train sounds long before you see it.
Prepare your cameras to capture the moving train right before your eyes.
A little bit of history, this traditional railway market is more than a century old.
It was established in 1905 to provide convenient transportation of goods around the country.
And one hundred fourteen years later, this historic railway market still exists and functions like the old times.
Now, more and more tourists visit the market to catch a glimpse of the train while shopping around.
Be amazed at how fast the vendors move their products and compress their umbrellas to give way to the train.
But of course, there’s so much to do while you’re at the railway market.
Aside from the famous train, this market is full of fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, seafood, and more!
The picture above shows the normal state of the market stalls―if the train is still not in sight.
The sides of the train track are surrounded by all sorts of goods.
Dried fishes of different kinds are abundant in the railway market.
These come in different sizes―small, medium, and even large ones.
With the amazing variety of dried fishes, you’ll never run out of options!
Surely, you won’t have a hard time looking for dried fishes because there are heaps of stalls selling these.
For picky travellers, you have a decent option of fresh dried fishes packed in plastics and styro containers.
The packaging will help avoid unnecessary smell when you travel back home.
Dried anchovies are other great finds you can buy along the railway.
And to make everything more exciting, the dried products are not just limited to dried fishes. They have dried squids too!
Aside from dried fishes and squids, there’s also an impressive display of dried foods in different sections.
From red chilli peppers to white and violet onions, for sure you’ll get all the needed ingredients for your food.
Most of these dried foods are already packed in different sizes so you just pick at your convenience.
In addition to dried chillies, packets of curry powders and other spices are also on exhibit.
Since these packed in smaller plastics, you’ll enjoy some great savings compared to buying them in bottles from supermarkets.
The next section of stalls is a bit more exciting. These shops are loaded with tasty dried fruits, which include the ever- interesting durian and always-delicious mangoes.
Crispy dried durians may be known for its strong smell and taste but these are actually healthy treats!
Substitute these with your chips and chocolates for a more nutritious snack time.
With minimal distinct smell, dried durians are more manageable to eat compared to the fresh ones.
So, if you’re on the hunt for some unique yet tasty treats, durian candies are pretty much good options.
Dried durians aren’t the only dried fruits popular among locals and tourists.
Dried mangoes are also crowd favourites, especially that these are priced at more affordable rates.
Depending on the weight, there are dried mangoes sold at 80 or 100 Thai Baht.
If you buy 3 dried mangoes, you get 1 free for 100 Thai Baht. And if you buy 5, you get 1 free for only 80 Thai Baht.
You can even bargain the price so that you’ll get it at a much cheaper rate!
Just make sure to apply the bargaining tricks before you start shopping.
Know the price range of the dried mangoes first, then strike an offer to the vendors and haggle!
If you think that’s all this unique market can offer, you got it all wrong!
Continue strolling and you’ll be surprised with the numerous stalls offering fresh vegetables and other products.
From limes to tomatoes and leafy veggies, you have everything you need right at your fingertips.
Plus, it won’t be that challenging to shop around because they have a wide assortment of veggies.
The vegetable stalls extend their products to the railway track and would simply move it once the train passes.
It might appear tiring to move their items back and forth everyday but they are used to it.
If you want to prepare your own food, then you’ll love this marketplace even more!
You’ve got a whole lot of vegetable stalls waiting for you. They sell cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots, and more.
Moreover, you’ll see other veggies, including white carrots, cucumber, onions, and bitter melon.
And one of the best things when buying from a local market is that you can buy in smaller packs.
Here, limes can be bought in minimal amount.
This way, you won’t end up with lots of rotten vegetables because you can buy them in smaller portions.
Don’t forget to create a list of veggies that you want to buy so that you won’t be overwhelmed with the abundant selection.
You can also bring big plastic bags to store your fresh purchases.
If you want to save more money, you can also shop your favourite fruits from one of the market stalls.
For those who love lychees, you’ll be delighted to find a lot of these sweet fruits here.
Healthy fruits like mangosteens can be bought in plastic packs.
These tropical fruits with sweet and sour taste are highly rich in antioxidants.
If you want more of this fruity goodness, keep walking around and you’ll discover some rambutans.
Just like lychees, rambutans are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, making it a perfect healthy snack option.
After having a quick fruit break, carry on with your shopping and visit some seafood stalls.
The seafood options in the market are simply irresistible.
From squids to fishes to prawns, you have everything you need for your seafood cravings.
The large prawns in the market are even fresher and cheaper.
Other than prawns, you’ll also love the display of small and big crabs.
There’s a lot to do with these crabs.
You can have them as delicious appetizers, mouth-watering seafood boils, or even tasty soups.
And to complete the wide assortment of items you can find in the market are these colourful souvenirs.
Pick your favourite from this stall that sells vivid fans, pattered wallets, beautiful hats, and other unique products.
But wait there’s more!
These gorgeous, multi-coloured Thai dresses are also meant to catch your attention.
Plus, these are worth your money.
So, if you’re looking for some show-stopping clothes, you’ll definitely love this place.
Keep wandering around and you’ll discover more Thai clothing, from dresses to boho shorts to printed tops.
These items are perfect for those with a heart for fashion!
And if you want to have something that represents the beauty of the country, shop for Thai traditional pants.
With different colours and patterns, for sure you have plenty of take-home items.
Of course, a great treat after a long day of shopping and waiting for the train are these cold coconuts.
These refreshing drinks are perfect for a hot, sunny day trip to Maeklong Railway Market.
How to Get to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok?
If you are you planning to visit Maeklong Railway Market soon, you can reach the place in various ways.
From Bangkok, there are 6 different options that will help you reach the market.
Option 1: Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) + Minivan (Cheap but Multiple Transfers)
- Take the BTS Silom Line to Bang Wa BTS Station
- Alight at Bang Wa BTS Station, Exit 1
- Take a Taxi to Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
- Ride a minivan to Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
*The minivans depart every 40 minutes at the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai)
Southern Bus Terminal to Maeklong Railway Market:
Travel Cost (one way): 70 Thai Baht
Time Required (one way): Around 90 Minutes
Option 2: Mo Chit Bus Terminal + Minivan (Cheap but Multiple Transfers)
- Take the BTS Sukhumvit Line to Mo Chit BTS Station
- Alight at Mo Chit BTS Station, Exit 4
- Catch a Taxi to Mo Chit Bus Terminal
- Take a minivan to Maeklong Railway Market from Mo Chit Bus Terminal
*The minivans depart every 1 hour at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal
Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Maeklong Railway Market:
Travel Cost (one way): 90 Thai Baht
Time Required (one way): Around 90 Minutes
Option 3: Taxi (Fastest but Expensive – Beware of Scam)
For travellers who want to get to the railway market as fast as possible, riding a taxi is an option.
Taxis are fast but costly, and might even be pricier if you run into a traffic jam.
Traffic is quite popular in Bangkok, so as taxi scams.
If you opt to ride a taxi, certain precautions must be taken.
These include asking the taxi driver if their meter is working and not allowing fixed taxi rate.
So, if the driver refuses to use the meter, don’t think twice and get another taxi.
Option 4: Train (Slowest)
- Ride the BTS Silom Line to Wongwian Yai BTS Station
- Alight at Wongwian Yai BTS Station, Exit 1
- Walk to Wongwian Yai Train Station
- Take a train from Wongwian Yai Train Station to Maha Chai Train Station
- Walk to Maha Chai Pier
- Cross the Tha Chin River from Maha Chai Pier to Chalom Pier via Ferry boat
- Get off at Chalom Pier and then walk to Ban Laem Train Station
- Take a train from Ban Laem Train Station to Maeklong Train Station.
*Kindly take notes the trains to Maeklong Train Station don’t have air-con and only installed with mini fans.
Wongwian Yai Train Station to Maeklong Train Station:
Travel Cost (one way): 20 Thai Baht
Time Required (one way): Around 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
Option 5: Join a Day Tour (Easy and Safest Way at an Affordable Price)
Enjoy both convenience and safety at an affordable price by joining a day tour from Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market.
No need to deal with late public vehicles or disorderly drivers if you avail of option 5.
Day tours are very much organized, hence giving you more than enough time to explore the market.
Save time and effort with a cozy bus ride that requires no multiple transfers.
From Bangkok to the railway market, it would take only one big, bus to transport you to your destination!
Wander around the railway market conveniently with the help of an expert tour guide.
The local guide can give you lots of recommendations about the most popular foods and cheap souvenirs.
Plus, you can ask for easy tricks when it comes to bargaining with the local vendors.
Avoid possible taxi scams by being a joiner in a day tour.
Tour packages already include direct transport service to and from the railway market.
Plus, day tours are actually much cheaper than taxis.
Simply sit back, relax, and wait for the bus to take you to the ever-famous Maeklong Railway Market.
If you opt to join a day tour, you’ll be happy with the assembly locations. There are situated just outside of Victory Monument BTS Station, Exit 2 (Century Mall) or Siam BTS Station, Exit 5 (Siam Paragon).
My Personal Experience of Joining the Day Tour from Bangkok:
When I visited the Maeklong Railway Market, I also joined a day tour.
And I can say that the tour was impressive and informative.
Everything was on point―from the professional tour guide to the convenient bus transfer.
The tour arrangement itself was well-organized and the local tour guide was highly-trained.
Having a friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating tour guide certainly made our trip more convenient and memorable.
Plus, the English-speaking guide gave us lots of tips and tricks, which include basic Thai phrases. This really helped us conversed naturally and easily bargain with the vendors.
Moreover, with the help of the local guide, we were able to try delicious local foods at a cheaper price.
We were informed of the food prices beforehand, hence were able to check if the rates are overpriced.
With a local expert leading the way, this gave us extra time to explore the market and shop around.
In a nutshell, joining this day tour is highly recommended. Two thumbs up!
Maximize time without stressing yourself out by availing a day tour, together with other tourists.
The one I joined not just covered Maeklong Railway Market but also other nearby famous attractions.
So, all in all, you will visit three beautiful and unique tourist spots with ease and comfort.
Though you can actually visit these three attractions by yourself, it might be a bit challenging and tiring.
It’s because these places are not well-surrounded by public transports, making it difficult to explore around.
But if you want to get to these popular attractions without getting lost, joining a day tour is the answer.
If you’ve decided to have the day tour, then you have 3 packages to choose from.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Railway Market
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & Amphawa Floating Market (I chose this package)
- Maeklong Railway Market & Amphawa Floating Market
Amphawa Floating Market is not available every day. It only opens from Friday to Sunday and closes from Monday to Thursday. Therefore, the day tours include Amphawa Floating Market attraction only available from Friday to Sunday.
During my visit, I booked the second tour package, which is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & Amphawa Floating Market.
To give you some information about the tour packages I availed, you can check the link below.
This will give you everything you need, from the package rates to daily itineraries to the actual schedules.
Option 6: Private Day Tour (Fastest and Secure but Expensive)
For the last option, you have the private day tour.
This is suitable for those looking for fast and safe transportation.
Booking a private day tour is actually the most convenient and most secure way to go to Maeklong Railway Market.
A downside, however, is that it’s more expensive compared to joining a group tour.
But of course, the added rate means you get extra great features.
These include a private and highly informative tour guide that will assist you all day long.
Plus, the tour guide provides you with amazing recommendations, from cheap and tasty foods to best and affordable souvenirs.
With the help of a local guide, you won’t miss any popular foods and items.
More than that, the private tour offers hotel pick-up and drop-off services.
This means that you don’t need to deal with crowded public transports and possible taxi scams.
Instead, you will just hop aboard a car or a van.
Then, simply wait for your ride that will take you to the railway market.
Another great feature when you book a private day tour is the convenience it provides to the passengers.
It’s ideal for those travelling with the entire family and groups of friends.
Further, it’s the most recommended option for those on a trip with persons with disability or senior parents.
You’ve two options for the private day tours.
Choose either one―Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market or Amphawa Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market.
For more information about the private day tours, see the link below.
This will provide you with all the important facts and guidelines, including departure and return times, daily schedules, and rates.
Private Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Day Tour:
Private Amphawa Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Fireflies Day Tour:
There’s a unique journey waiting for you at Maeklong Railway Market.
This railway market gives you an experience that you wouldn’t forget.
Maeklong Railway Market is one of the most distinct marketplaces in the country.
It’s located on a railway system, which means the train would pass through the market every day.
And to the delight of the tourists, the train goes through the area not just once but eight times!
With four arrival and four departure schedules, for sure you won’t miss the moving train while shopping.
So, for those who want to have a rather exceptional adventure, Maeklong Railway Market is definitely worth visiting.
This means that you can visit the two nearby attractions, along with Maeklong Railway Market, in one day.
Hence, if you’re planning to see and experience all three markets, it’s best that you join a day tour.
Here’s a day tour price that covers all three popular attractions.
This day tour will take you to your destinations conveniently and safely so you save time and money.
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