A rail unique mar­ket

New Straits Times - - Comics -

A mar­ket scene.

OOne of the veg­etable ven­dors along the rail­road track. UT of all the mar­kets that I have vis­ited, none is as unique as this one... the Maek­long Train Mar­ket in Bangkok. What makes it spe­cial is that the mar­ket is built around a rail­road line.

The train runs right through the mar­ket sev­eral times a day. Min­utes be­fore the train ap­proaches, a warn­ing bell will go off on the loud­speaker. As soon as the ven­dors hear the warn­ing, they will quickly take down the awnings over their goods. The train passes lit­er­ally cen­time­tres from goods.

Amaz­ingly none of the goods are dam­aged. Af­ter it passes, the whole mar­ket scene goes back to nor­mal as if noth­ing had hap­pened. The mar­ket com­prises ven­dors sell­ing mainly fruits, veg­eta­bles, meat, fish, spices and some cloth­ing.

Lo­cated about 80km out­side of Bangkok, it is ac­ces­si­ble by car or train. The jour­ney takes one hour de­pend­ing on Bangkok traf­fic. It opens daily from 6.30am to 5pm. The best time to visit is in the morn­ing, when the tem­per­a­ture is bear­able and the ven­dors have the best se­lec­tions.

The awnings are pulled down as the train ap­proaches.

The train passes just cen­time­tres from the goods and by­standers.

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