Archive for the tag 'markets'

Aug 23 2012

Old Takua Pa Sunday market

Published by under Phang Nga

Kids misbehaving? This the perfect threat: "You better be good or we'll toss you in with the boiling ducks!"

Most who pass through the transport hub of Takua Pa in south Thailand’s Phang Nga province see little more than the bus station, stopping only for a transfer to the tourist hot spots of Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park, Ko Kho Khao or further south to Phuket, Krabi and beyond. Lucky travellers who take … read the full post

Aug 10 2012

Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market

Published by under Food

This school of fish likes to stick together.

Smaller and more cramped, but more eclectic than nearby Bangkok Noi market, Thonburi’s Phran Nok wet market is worth a trip if you’re serious about exploring Thai food ingredients in a very local atmosphere. Be warned that a visit to Phran Nok may induce weeping (from the chilli flakes in the air), holding the nose … read the full post

Jul 19 2012

Lalai Sap Market, Silom

Published by under Food

If only I could afford to hire you as my private chef.

Patpong night market and the surrounding area on Silom Road is highlighted in most guide books as one of Bangkok’s best places to shop and eat on the cheap. Always seeking something off the tourist path, however, we’ve found what we reckon is a better market right in the Silom area where you’ll likely be … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

An authentic street food market near Khao San Road

Published by under Food

Makes for a healthy breakfast.

Whether it’s pizza by the slice, buckets, tattoos, fake degrees, or enough Chang Beer tank-tops to clothe a binge of backpackers, many things may be purchased on Khao San Road. Real, spicy, authentic Thai food, however, can be tough to find. If you’re tired of the over-priced, Westernised Thai food so often found on and … read the full post

May 30 2012

Asiatique: Bangkok’s newest night bazaar

Published by under Shopping

Asiatique, a new Bangkok night bazaar set along the Chao Phraya River, appears to be catching on fast. Along with upwards of 1,500 shops and restaurants, the bazaar boasts Thailand’s longest riverfront boardwalk, which stretches 300 metres and makes for some glitzy photo-ops among the evening sparkle of the river. Asiatique isn’t quite running on … read the full post

May 14 2012

Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

When visitors come to Thailand, they tend to have a mental to-do list, derived from overheard stories at hostels, or the pages of a guide: ride an elephant, pet a tiger, eat a ripe mango, lay on the beach, and of course, visit a floating market. All of these things are possible, but the problem … read the full post

May 07 2012

Bang Khla floating market

Published by under Bangkok excursions

What do you get when you take a picturesque river setting and add friendly locals on row boats serving a plethora of fantastic, traditional Thai food? On a recent day trip to Bang Khla floating market east of Bangkok we found the definitive answer: a lot of very happy people. Like most of Thailand’s modern … read the full post

Mar 30 2012

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Published by under Chiang Rai

A fraction of the size of Chiang Mai’s more famous night bazaar, the mini version in downtown Chiang Rai is still a pleasant place for an evening stroll and an excellent option for snacks and a beer or dinner. The offerings are similar, though much reduced in choice, to the Chiang Mai version: hill-tribe handicrafts, … read the full post

Jan 20 2012

Buying cheap clothes in Bangkok

Published by under Shopping

Thailand is known for its lush silks and elaborate textiles, but in Bangkok proper, cheap and trendy clothing abounds. As we can see from Bangkok’s haunted mall and airport terminal, shopping is a bit of cultural obsession, one that is highly contagious. You can’t avoid shopping in Bangkok even if you try: opportunities for snapping … read the full post

Jan 16 2012

Navigating Chatuchak market

Published by under Shopping

Chatuchak market (pronounced jat-u-jak), or “JJ” for short, is packed with items to buy — from refurbished vintage dresses through to Yorkshire terriers and quite a bit in between. JJ is not a made-for-tourists destination; gaggles of locals make a pilgrimage to this outdoor market each weekend. For some, JJ is a shopping heaven, and … read the full post

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