Or Tor Kor Market

Bangkok's gourmet food market

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What we say: 4 stars

Wet markets aren't too difficult to come by in Bangkok, but Or Tor Kor (pronounced aw taw kaw, every syllable rhyming with 'raw') is playing at a higher level than most.

It's organised by a farmers' marketing association that closely scrutinises the quality of its vendors' products. Fresh organic produce can be purchased here and the market is famous for its outstanding fresh fruits; the durian sold in the centre of the market is hands down the best we've tried in Thailand.

Prices are generally higher than other Bangkok wet markets like Khlong Toei but the superior quality make it worth the extra baht. The roofed market lacks some of that neighbourhood wet market charm thanks to its sterile feel with bright fluorescent lighting and white tile floors, but you can rest assured that cleanliness is well looked after here.

Although the majority of Or Tor Kor boasts fresh foods like fish, meat and chilli paste to go with the aforementioned produce, a handful of vendors offer prepared foods as well. We recommend the kway tieow ped (roast duck noodle soup), after which a selection or two from the many stacks of coconut and palm sugar sweets might be in order.

For the latter, look for the colourful displays of Thai style candies at a stand run by Khanom Thai Khao Pee Nong at the centre of the market. The sign is only in Thai, but if you somehow miss their mounds of colourful libations, Pee Nong's air-con flagship store goes by the English name "Coffee Nine" and is located right next to the market.

Or Tor Kor can get packed when nearby Chatuchak market is in full swing on weekends.

Or Tor Kor is located across the street (and about a five-minute walk) from Chatuchak Market, but if wanting to come straight here take the MRT to Kampheng Phet Station and take the exit marked "Marketing Association of Farmers", which will put you directly in front of the market.

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Opening Hours: 08:00-22:00
Last updated: 29th January, 2013

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