Welcome To Thailand’s Maeklong Railway Market!
I have only been to Thailand once, but I need to go back – just to shop here!
It’s a great seafood and vegetable market located about an hour outside of Bangkok, known as the Maeklong Railway Market, because – well, it blocks the way to a railroad!
That’s right, one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand sits right ON TOP of the Maeklong Railway tracks!
So how does that work? Well, merchants cover the tracks with their fish and vegetables, and people shop until a train approaches, then the fish, vegetables, awnings and shop fronts are moved quickly back from the rails so the trains can pass!
This is why I love to travel: to experience amazing places like this – and there is a great video of the market as well, when you can see all of the shops and awnings moved back – FYI, it’s a regularly scheduled train, so they get 3 minutes notice to move!
Bravo to the terrific website “Great Big Story” for the footage – see the video here:
As you can imagine, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime photo op:
I love exploring unique places, like the time my wife Alex and I went biking through three medieval villages in Spain:
An abandoned road has been turned into a bike path that takes you to these incredible villages – see the whole story here:
Let me know if you’ve been to this unique train market!