Maeklong Railway Market

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Salt Farms, Samut Songkhram

On one of the days that we were let out early, Christina and I hopped on the ferry near the fish market and began our journey to Samut Songkhram.

From the Mahachai Pier, we took a ferry to Tha Chalom Pier. From Tha Chalom, we made our way to the Ban Laem train stop. It was only about a fifteen minute walk from the ferry stop to the train station.

Tha Chalom is a delightful town in Samut Sakhon. You can cross the Tha Chin River to get there from Mahachai so we had to take a ferry. You can also drive but the ferry is much quicker. It is not very populated, from what I’ve seen.. At least compared to Mahachai where there is non-stop traffic.

Thai teachers brought us there once during lunch. We drove there and I got some Pad Thai. Deliciousness.

Soooo, since we had to wait for the next train, we sat and got some food and saw some cutie kittens.

The train ride was pretty cool but as always, scorching hot. There were some fans on it that functioned though. But for 10 Baht (~$.30) can you even complain? We saw some salt farms along the way. I wish we could’ve actually seen the salt, but hey, the views were still captivating.

My head was turned toward the window the entire time. If you put your hand out of the window, you’d be touching the trees or sometimes even houses.

The best part is when you reach the market and all of the vendors move their items and tents that are along the railroad track:

Wat Laem Suwannaram

They sell anything and everything at the market. From pig heads to earrings. We got some coconut water to hydrate and saw many farangs. I bought a cute handmade fan.

On the way back from the infamous Railway Market, we visited the temple that you can see across the pond from Mahachai. Some dude took pictures of us.

The Maeklong Railway Market was a fascinating experience. I can see why it is so attractive among tourists. If you are ever in this part of Thailand, the market should be on your list!