On this years road trip down to the south of Thailand, I stopped at the Maeklong Railway market in Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok.
There apart from the healthy and thriving market, was the spectacle of a train traversing it’s way snail like through the stalls along the railway track. Yes it was heaving, yes it was very very cramped, not at least when you have the stalls pull back their goods from the very edge of the track to let the train through.
Maeklong is the end of the track here from Bangkok and there are trains run just for people to experience this journey. Trains run about four or five times a day and whilst many may bemoan the crampness, and “heaving people” this is also part of why the market thrives so well. There you will see typical Thai wares and foods and typical Thai market stall holders. For me now living here these are everyday sights and ones i know I would miss sorely if I was back in the UK. What I now take for granted is a real beauty for people to see.