To market, to market to train a fat hen.

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During our time in Thailand we decided to visit the ‘railway’ market, and on the way we stopped to see the salt fields. The salt is not mined but created through evaporation from seawater.

The railway market has grown in popularity since out first visit about eight years ago.

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The market is across the road from Maeklong Station.

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The train has to cross the road to reach this station, so local people have turned the railway track area, before the rail crosses the road, in to a market.

imgp1911rIn many ways it is just a normal market – except for the railway lines.

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Let’s say that some of the food offered was not to my taste.

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Anyone for a lightly BBQ water bug ? Bugs of the day!

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Fresh crabs tied with cord to stop them escaping.

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Fresh fish in a bucket until required to be chopped up for sale.

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The centre of the rail lines is used as a walk way – keep an eye out for the train.

imgp1922rBut everything changes when they hear the train approaching – drop or pull up the awnings and shade cloth. Clear the sale goods off the line and stand back.

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The train slows down, but doesn’t stop, and it has right of way – might is right.

imgp1925rAs you see the side of the train is just high enough to pass over the farm products.

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Nearly time to reopen and drag out the awnings again.

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Time is money the train’s passed start selling.