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Last part of Day 4 in Bangkok!!! Wew! Such an exhausting yet amazing day. Here I decided to make a side trip to this famous risky market by the railway- the Maeklong Market in the Province in Samutsongram. Approximately 2 hours by train from Bangkok
A market by the railway sounds really hilarious. It is dangerous to be near the railway as we all know. But here in Samutsongram they put up a busy market even. Look how it goes here.
This is a literal and still operates railway. As a matter of fact, behind me is the train awaiting for passengers back to Bangkok and these are the vegetables on the railways and folding umbrellas are in front of me. Baskets full of fresh fruits and fish.
I held my breath as I heard the train blew her horn implying a signal or warning. I saw people were still busy selling and giving changes, seemingly doing just a normal daily chores. Remained calm and cool still. Wowo!
Now the train startedmoving, locals started moving to fold their umbrellas, removed their baskets, cleared the area with fruits or any vegetables and their makeshifts are compressed in a wondrous easy way as you could ever imagine.
It was like a comedy movie being fast forwarded.
You can hear the “zigzag” sound of the train hitting each railway and it creates gust and a tiny radiation as I stood still just a few meters from the windows of the train. I saw the locals were doing the same without any unnecessary movements and still.
The railway is now empty as the train passes through, people remained on the side.
Then, when the train was gone, all is back to normal like nothing happened. Like a scripted show, “business as usual”. LOL
Doing it 8 times a day for over 30 years, it’s not a wonder how people got used to the passing of the train perhaps, got used to the thrill and danger it has to offer. And to shoppers, are shopping on your own risks.
Anyhow, this is a great almost 300 meter local market selling fresh vegetables and fruits but what it is mainly famous of is a variety of fish and seafood. They also have different giant fish pastes. Anywhere on the market might as well smells fishy but there are also stores which has some clothes and some local restaurants.
Aside from local stores, I found a lot of jewelry shops baby! Yep, Bangkok golds flood here in the market! And guess what, they just sell it by the local markets with no security guards, how trustworthy Thais are!!!
Ahh…lovely! After spending the last part of day 4, I went back to Bangkok with a big smile.
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