Whoever goes to Thailand and wants to see something really astonishing must take a visit to the market in Maeklong, the capital of the province Samut Songkhram. Why is it so special? Because it’s crossed by a railway line.
Basically, the stalls full of fruits, vegetables and clothes, DVDs or plastic objects are placed directly on the railway, and the sellers who have learned the train schedule know exactly when to close the shop and to move out of the train’s way. As soon as the train passes, people reopen their stalls and everything goes back to normal. This operation repeats eight times a day, but the sellers do not mind at all.
The market in Maeklong is an important tourist attraction of Thailand.
Although the trains cross the market from one end to another, sometimes at high speed, this is a pretty safe place. From the beginning until now, meaning 50 years, only two people were hit by the train and the incidents happened so much time ago that people hardly remember.