For most people, shopping is a leisure time that they can relax and enjoy the products presented in front of them without having to worry about anything else. However, if that laid-back condition is getting old and you are feeling the need of some more excitement, the Rom Hoob or “Market on the Railway Track” might be just the ticket.
Nicknamed by the locals the “Risky Market,” Talad Rom Hoob offers several opportunities (8 to be exact) each day for both the sellers and the buyers to dance with death by situating itself right on the Samut Songkhram train track. However, the vendors here are so professional that they can move their stalls away from the railway almost just at the same moment they hear the “chugga choo choo.” Tourists enjoy watching the incredible talents of these merchants while having to run away from the train themselves. It is impressive, funny, and terrifying all at the same time.
Keep your eyes on the track and do not blink because just as soon as the train has passed, the market comes back to its usual spot like nothing has happened. You can also enjoy this experience form another angle by getting on a train at the Baan Laem station heading to Mae Khlong. The secret is try get on the first or the last bogie so that you can get the best view of the exciting moment.
However, if you cannot make it to the Rom Hoob Market at the scheduled time of the train (6:20 AM, 8:30 AM, 9 AM, 11:10AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:40 PM), eating delicious Thai food and desserts at the market and appreciating the real Thai “street” way-of-life can still be done at anytime during the day.
From Bangkok, follow Highway No. 35 (Rama II) to kilometer marker 63 where you turn toward Samut Songkhram’s city center. Continue straight through the first intersection and turn right at the second intersection (Phra Buddha Loetlanaphalai Hospital). Proceed until you see the train track which is where the market is located.