People know that, at least at first glance, many markets in Thailand look the same. But one that definitely stands out is the Maeklong Railway Market. Why? Check it out yourself with us.
Pick up at the hotel at 08.00 AM. and lead to Mahachai city where is the seafood gateway by private vehicle (1-hour drive) where you will start the journey by local train to Maeklong market or Rom Hoop market (1 hour on the train). Maeklong market is located right on the tracks of an active railway line. All the vendors will quickly fold away their umbrellas and remove their containers and goods placed close to the tracks when the train arriving and they will restore the market when the train has passed.
(NOTE: Train departs from Ban Laem station (Mahachai) at 10:10 am and arrive Maeklong station at 11:10 am.)
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will visit Baan Bang Phlap Village. Enjoining a quintessential Thai experience in peaceful, comfortable, homestay. You can explore the surrounding orchards by bicycle. You can enjoy fresh fruits and fresh air, learn how to plant organic fruits, produce organic fertilizer and ferment sweet fruits. There will be a few learning stations to visit the local house and meet people who have local wisdom such as Re-alive Fruits or Dried Fruits Tasting house, here is to add more value to the fruits which fail from quality control. There are not only the fruits but also vegetables and herbs can be added the value, change its taste, add more sweetness to the well constructed recipe. Charcoal making house, here's you can learn how to transform the fruits to be fruity charcoals. Thai Kite Making House, visit the last house where still keep working as kite makers for more than 50 years, you can learn how to make CHULA kite (local kite) in every single step from kite master who always guarantees that all of his kites can fly.
Afterwards, you will be lead back and arrive at your hotel in Bangkok around 05.00PM.
The market is called ‘life-risking’ market because its stalls are attached to the railway, vendors at the market put out parasols or canvas to protect themselves against the sun. The shelters stick into the railway where visitors walk and do their shopping. When each signal of the arriving train rings, chaos happens: vendors will rush to close their parasols and canvas, along with clearing all goods that will obstruct the coming train at a great speed. Once the train passes, parasols and canvas will be reopened as goods are again put into their usual place next to the railroad.
You will explore the surrounding village by bicycle to enjoy fresh fruits and fresh air, learn how to plant organic fruits, produce ferment sweet fruits, fruit charcoals and visit the Thai kite maker’s house.
This program will support Baan Bang Phlap community where is a role model of conservative agriculture in Samut Songkram Province. This place supports using organic fertilizer instead of chemical one. the community wishes to share their knowledge with local people and travellers. To achieve this goal, the villagers have established their own organisation to manage community-based, eco and agro-tourism, and to welcome visitors who wish to explore local ways of life.