Maeklong Train Market near Bangkok, Thailand (Complete Guide)

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

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Have you heard about the train market that has a railway track running across it? There is one railway market like this, the Maeklong Railway Market (Thailand), in the proximity of Bangkok. The first time we’ve read about this off-the-beaten-path place, we immediately added it to our bucket list and the number one must-see place during our Thailand trip. Check your options for paid and self-guided tours below to visit the market on railway tracks!

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Ticket to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
Train tickets are in English and Thai language

How to get to Maeklong Market from Bangkok?

The Maeklong train market is in the suburbs of Bangkok, and it is also spelled as Mae Klong Market or called as Railway Market Bangkok. There are several ways how to get to the train market.

Guided Tours to the Train Market – Bangkok

The marketplace gained popularity throughout the years, even tour groups visit it. Obviously, that is the most pricey, but the fastest way.

Minibus from Victory Monument station

As an individual traveler, you can take a minibus from Victory Monument station (Bangkok). It is cheap and straightforward (1 hour driving time), but you miss out on the train journey.

Following the railway lines

For us, it was not a question to approach it by train(s). This option is highly recommended to all train fans, visitors who have a whole day for the adventure or would like to see more of the countryside and less touristy places in Thailand.

You can read about it in more details below!

Maeklong Railway Market Opening Hours

The market is open from the early morning hours through the day, from the arrival of the first train until the departure of the last train.

In practice the opening hours of the train market is the following: 6.20am to 5.40pm. It can slightly change due to the changes in the train schedules.

The Maeklong railway station is not closed as such during the rest of the day, but obviously, no attraction to observe outside of those hours.

Maeklong Railway Market Train Schedule

The trains depart and arrive at Maeklong between 6.20am and 5.40pm (2019).

Train Arrival times: 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m.

Train Departure times: 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

On the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Train Market Thailand
Departure from Bangkok to Mahachai.

Traveling by trains and ferry

Wong Wian Yai Station

First of all, you have to get to the Wong Wian Yai station in Bangkok. The train ride is long as the trains are slow, and we weren’t able to find out exact timetables online, so we decided to get to the station as early as possible.

Mahachai Railway Station

The train station was lively already around 8 am when we arrived there. People were on their way to work or just selling their products and food near the tracks. At the station, we bought our huge paper tickets and boarded the correct train to Mahachai railway station. The first challenge is done.

The ticket said Ban Leam as an end stop, the time for arrival showed 9:28 (and 8:35 as departure). The train was surprisingly clean and nice. We expected something way worse. After departure, the conductor came and checked our tickets. On the way, we have seen temples, towns, markets, and farmlands as well.

On the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
Something colorful.
On the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
Dense vegetation – not cleared railway tracks.
We passed several poor(er) villages on the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
We passed several poor(er) villages.
Rice fields on the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
Rice fields

Ban Leam

At Mahachai the railway line ends and you need to take the ferry for few bahts across the river to Ban Leam where you can continue your way. Ban Leam was very empty. Probably most of the people were at work at the nearby harbor or in Bangkok.

On the way to Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand
Arrival to Mahachai – the market also very close to the railway.
Taking the local ferry near Bangkok.
Taking the local ferry.
The water was pretty dirty near Bangkok...
The water was pretty dirty…

First, we headed to the railway station to figure out the next connection. We had a lot of time to spend there, as there are only 3 trains a day and the next one was only at 12:05. We walked around the town, visited the market, bought some food that was extremely cheap and they didn’t even try to overcharge us, unlike in Bangkok…

Local Thai markets

Local Thai markets

Local life in Thailand

Local life in Thailand

Local life in Thailand

Finally, the departure time came and we were on the way to Maeklong! The view from the train was similar to earlier. One more hour and we arrived at THE MARKET!

Our train to Maeklong from Bangkok via Ban Leam - on the way to the Train Market Bangkok
Our train to Maeklong

The Maeklong Train Market Bangkok

Maeklong without any doubt is one of the best things to do in Thailand for train lovers. Let me tell you why. From the train, we have only seen that the sellers’ stalls are very close to the train as we pass through. We quickly got off the train and checked when will it go back to make sure we don’t miss any photo opportunity. Later, we also waited for the next (the day’s third and last) train’s arrival, to have the full experience. In case you visit the market yourself, in between the trains you should walk along the alleys and explore the market. You’ll find a lot of yummy and a lot of unknown food.

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Railway Market Bangkok, Thailand
Maeklong Station – Railway Market Bangkok

So how does the railway market work in reality? Imagine a marketplace. A lively one. When the train is approaching, the sellers slowly, without any rush (because the train is slow as we already mentioned) close their sun blocks and move their stalls backward on the little rails. I had an imagination that it will be chaotic, but it is a routine task. They have to move their stalls about a meter backward only, on both sides of the alley that has the railway tracks in the middle. After the train has passed, the sellers move everything back to the original place and continue their day as nothing has happened. It is not a big deal as there are only a few train pairs a day and I’m sure they got well used to doing it every day. I think their biggest concern is to warn tourists if they are too close to the tracks or the train.

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

Do you also wonder why the railway market is placed on the train tracks?

I did for a long time, but after the visit it was obvious. It saves a lot of space by utilizing the railway tracks when the trains are not running… which is basically the whole day except a few minutes.

After we have seen the last train, decided to look for the minibusses back to Bangkok. It was a straight, one hour journey. I felt like a kid after the market. Finally, a big bucket list item was crossed out from my list!

Maeklong Railway Market Tour

If you don’t want to navigate yourself alone, make sure you book a guided trip to the Maeklong Railway Market now!

Guide for Maeklong Train Market - Bangkok, Thailand

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5 thoughts on “Maeklong Train Market near Bangkok, Thailand (Complete Guide)”

  1. runaway widow

    Interesting. I would prefer to visit the floating markets. This seems like a nuisance, to move things away from the tracks a few times a day.

  2. Danni Lawson

    Such an unusual find! Glad you explained at the end why the market is there, it does make sense with such infrequent trains on the route, and certainly a talking point. Shows the beauty of Thai culture.

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