Railway Market, located in Samut Songkhram, Thailand, 1-2 hours drive
from Bangkok. It looks like any other open-air market in Asia. There are
tropical fruits and vegetables such as lychee, durian, and mango in big
brightly colored piles, variety of dried spices, pastes and herbs,
freshly caught seafood and other local foods. The crowd weave their way
around in between vendors, picking up whatever they need for the day.
The market is sheltered by low-hanging awnings/umbrellas and if you look
closely, you will notice that you are actually walking on train rails.
a piercing siren sounds and in a flash the market transforms - the
shoppers disappear and the stallholders whip away their produce. One
moment you see the locals shopping for their vegetables and the next
moment the vendors will scoop up their baskets and boxes and anything
that lies over the track. The market comes to a standstill as all the
vendors hold on to the poles supporting their awnings to make way for
the train to pass. It is such a tight squeeze that the train travelling
at about 15mph almost touches the fruits, vegetables and everything else
at the marketplace as it passes through."
I love walking around the markets all over the world. I really love the atmosphere of the different types of markets (local, food, flea, craft, antique and jeweler markets, etc.). I guess the market is one of the mirror of a culture and society. So the market is kind of thing I would like to see when I travel. And I’m pretty good in bargaining :)