When I chose Vietnam for my foreign trip, I pre-decided that the return journey would be through Bangkok. It was my long standing wish to capture Malaekong railway market of Thailand on camera.
My friend in Bangkok, Nin had made all the arrangements. Nin arrived at the hotel I was staying early in the morning with a car. There is around 80 km distance from Bangkok to the railway market. Nin said that the first train passes through the market arrives at 8.30 am.
As it was the best time for photography, we had decided on it. Also I was to return to India by the night flight and had to finish some shopping between.
We reach Maeklong railway market before 8 am. My friend was speeding the car along the beautiful expressway. Thai people call Maeklong market as umbrella market. The reason is that a covering is provided as an umbrella above the railway tracks. It is situated in the Samut Songkhram province of central Thailand. The railway track was built through here in 1905. But the market had been functioning here long before. Fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and all other daily use items are sold at the market.
The market was very crowded in the morning with those shoppers and tourists. Trolleys kept adjacent to the rail track carried fishes and meats while fruits and vegetables are kept on sheets spread on ground.
We captured the scenes of the 1 km long market and took a stroll. At 8.30 am we heard the whistle indicating train’s arrival. Immediately, the trolleys were shifted away and the sheets covering the railway track were removed.
The train was coming slowly. It passed without touching the fruits and other items just by inches. Soon after the train passed, market regained its commotion.
Daily seven trains pass through the market. I haven’t seen any travel agencies from Kerala operating tours to Thailand, including this market in their list. Also, no Indian tourists were seen here.
Anyway I was happy to have fulfilled my dream. I took up some shopping and returned to India later the day.