A train at the market, Bangkok.

A train at the market

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 

This train, which runs through the Maeklong market, near Bangkok, is Thailand's most famous. We fold the stalls, flush with the rails, to let it pass!

Maeklong Train

Sunday relaxation, with this video shot in Thailand, unearthed on Youtube and DailyMotion. It's happening near Bangkok, on the SRT Maeklong-Ban Laem line.

The vendors quickly fold up their stalls to let the train pass in the middle of the market, and put them right back in place, as if nothing had happened...

Below is a longer video (8 mn 42 s.), with commentary in Thai with English subtitles, to relive the scene live from inside the locomotive, this time departing from Maekong Market.

The author filmed the journey to Ban Laem (Mahachai West) station, at the end of the line. In the genre of unusual stages, there's not only the crossing of the market: wait until you see the monkeys watching for the train and the rails barely emerging from the water in the middle of a swamp...

A tourist attraction

For more information on this very special Thai commuter train, visit this blog post Thai Transit or this site page Rail Page where it is reproduced identically.

This dilapidated line is the slowest in Thailand. The train runs 4 times in one direction and 4 times in the other, every day of the week. Its arrival at Maeklong Market has become a tourist attraction.

For fans: type in the words train + bangkok + market in the search engines of Youtube or Daily Motion... There is a package of videos on this train. There is even a group, The Train Marketcreated on Facebook. Probably the most famous train in Thailand!


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