Thailand's Railway Market
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 1:30 PM Last Post By: farengi
Nov 9, 2012 5:06 PM
Thailand's Railway MarketI recently had the chance to visit the Railway Market in Samut Songkhram, Thailand. This market is built right on the tracks and 8 times a day as the train passes you will witness the shop keepers taking down and then putting up their awnings and wares.
The market is near Ampawa, where I stayed two nights, and its floating weekend market, a Buddhist Temple covered with tree roots, and a 100 year old Catholic Church built by a missionary.
I should also mention that there is excellent seafood right on the Gulf of Thailand at Don Hoy Lod, including the rare hoy lod (a shell fish) from which the place takes its name...
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Nov 10, 2012 12:51 AM
6The market is a great place to visit.
We stayed in Ampawa at Banampawa Spa and Resort because my wife's brother is friends with the resort owner. The resort is nice and very comfortable, I don't know the price because we had gift vouchers for our rooms. Also my wifes brother-in-law drove us there so we were able to visit nearby places easily...
The train that goes to and through the market leaves from a Bangkok suburb: Vong Vien Yai. The train station there is the beginning of the route to the railway market and the market is close to the end of the route in Samut Songkram.
Nov 10, 2012 2:28 AM
7Just my 2 satang ...
Actually, if wanting to take the train from "Bangkok", one would start at Wong Wian Yai. But from that train, one needs to transfer to a ferry and then catch another train to reach the market.
Unless you are doing an overnight, and/or planning to take in a few surrounding sights, a trip, solely to see the market is a real bust. The market, itself, is quite small and crowded. Because it is nestled between buildings, and covered in tarps, it's really muggy and claustrophobic.
Plus, the nasty disposition of many of the vendors doesn't set a great mood. We actually over heard one vendor telling another, in Thai, that she hopes one of the stupid tourists gets hit by the train!
The whole "train experience" lasts maybe 4~5 minutes, from the time you hear the whistle, until the awnings go back down minutes.
Nov 10, 2012 3:30 AM
8Actually, most foreign tourists can't hold a candle to the photo gear many Thais pack. I've seen 12 years olds with Canon 5Ds with white glass!
I think it's just the environment, coupled with the fact that the market is a classic - mostly fish, fruit, meat and vegetables - items which few tourists are going to buy.
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