Maeklong: The Thai market that’s also a railway line

Buying fruit and veg at your local market is very rarely a life or death situation. Unless you live in Thailand, of course… Maeklong Market in Samut Songkhram spends most of its time as your everyday Thai market, but also happens to be a railway line at the same time!

Fruit and veg waiting to be moved out of the way

A train goes right through the middle of the market eight times a day, seven days a week. When it does, the market traders have to scramble to get their produce off the tracks and their awnings out of the way in time for the No. 4382 train from Maeklong to Ban Laem.

The train approaches

And any shoppers who happen to be milling about are forced to quickly find a place to escape to, as the railway tracks also happen to be the main thoroughfare through the market.

Market traders clear out of the way for the train

To make matters worse, the train often brushes up against the fruit and vegetables as it passes through the market, presumably adding a slight hint of railway to your mangoes.

Maeklong Market railway line

As soon as the train has finished its journey through the market, everything returns to normal, with traders setting out their stock once again and shoppers continuing to wander around on the tracks.

Maeklong Market railway line

This great video shows just how bizarre Maeklong Market really is. My favourite bit is just after the train has passed through when the traders immediately pull their awnings out again, as if nothing had just happened!

Photo credits: calflier001 (CC BY-SA 2.0), Chrissy Olson (CC BY-ND 2.0), YANG HAI (CC BY 2.0)

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As well as being the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik in Iceland is also an incredible place to visit.

We stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and spent most days walking around from there. The main thing we noticed (apart from the cold, of course) was that the people are so friendly. At home, trying to cross the road is a nightmare, but in Reykjavik, the cars are literally queuing up to let you across.

When my partner and I went, in January 2013, the sun only started rising at about 10 am, which was a strange experience. And it got dark at about 4 pm each day!

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