Khlong Toei Wet Market

Wet market dreams

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What we say: 3.5 stars

One of Bangkok's largest wet markets, this sprawling maze of colours and smells is situated near Khlong Toei port, making it easily accessible to boats stacked with produce and meats from upcountry and fishing vessels from the Gulf of Thailand.

Along with piles of fresh chillies in all shapes and sizes and just about every type of fruit Thailand has to offer, the market's tables are awash with innards, scales and scraps. If you ask for a duck to be roasted, expect the vendor to just hand it to you live.

Although the market is a wake up call that the food we eat doesn't spring forth fully formed in plastic wrappers, it is possible to nibble on prepared foods like grilled meats, steamed dumplings and Thai sweets.

While not for the queasy, the market is as good a place as any to get a feel for Thai ingredients. Khlong Toei keeps right on rolling from 02:00 to around 18:00 every day, and the best time to go is early morning when shipments are being received, although it's not a bad place for lunch either.

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Cnr of Rama IV and Rama III Roads
Opening Hours: Daily 02:00-18:00
How to get there: To get to Khlong Toei market: Take the MRT to Khlong Toei Station. Exit on the south side of Rama 4 Rd and walk southeast until you cross under Rama 3 Rd Overpass. The market bordered on the north by Rama 4 Rd and the west by Rama 3 Rd.
Last updated: 1st July, 2013

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